24 May David’s Story: From Meat-Aholic to Plant-Strong!
I have always been the most unhealthy eater that I know. It used to be nothing for me to take a steak, wrap it in bacon, and slather it with BBQ sauce. I was a MEAT-AHOLIC. My wife even tried to make a few vegetarian dishes that I whole-heartedly and proudly refused to eat. But then my health started to deteriorate. I would be out of breath after climbing a flight of stairs, I couldn’t keep up hiking in the woods with my 68 year old grandfather.. It was bad… And I was 25.
I started “dieting” in October of 2012. I was on one of those “low carb, high fat” junk fad diets. I was losing weight, but I wasn’t gaining health. I knew that a diet with no bread supplemented with junk food surely wasn’t a good long term diet solution. And then around Christmas I watched the documentary “Forks over Knives” and it changed my entire perspective. The very next day and every day since I have been plant strong! Since Christmas I have seen a exponentially greater difference in the way I feel! I had been exercising regularly and was taking spin classes, and I found that my heart wasn’t struggling as hard to overcome all the sludge that must have been in my veins. And the weight MELTED off. I started at 209 lbs. and I am now hovering at around 165 lbs.
The first book I purchased after ditching meat was The Engine 2 Diet. And while I couldn’t follow the 28 day program verbatim due to financial reasons, I took the principles to heart. I also found great resources in the Engine 2 Extra site for building a list of meals I could eat and prepare quickly with my busy schedule. I’d like to thank Rip SO MUCH for creating the book and this program. I am working my way through the new book, “My Beef with Meat” and loving it! I’ve even managed to successfully convert some of my friends over to plant strong eaters. Sometimes I feel like I’m presenting the Gospel of Good Health! The Engine 2 Program has given me the health and vitality that I SHOULD have had all along in my 20 something years. And I can now look forward to good health for the rest of my life!