21 Oct Good news from John in Austin!
We thought it would be great to start ending the week with some good news! Each week we’ll be featuring someones good health news. The media is filled with so much bad health news, it is time for that to change! If you would like to share how Engine 2 has helped change your health, please send us an e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Today the good news comes from John:
I’m 56 years old. Like any well read person, I’ve heard decade’s worth of claims from vegetarians and vegans about how a plant based lifestyle would cure all physical illnesses, save the planet and have all the world’s people holding hands and singing kumbaya. Needless to say, I am skeptical of what any true believer has to say.
After seeing the movie Forks over Knives and verifying the scientific consensus behind the health claims, I decided to conduct a three month no-oil, vegan experiment.
It’s actually been four months now, rather than three. I was so pleased, I decided to keep going. I’ve lost 70 pounds. My total cholesterol is now 109. My hemoglobin A1c has gone from 7.8% to 6.3% (diabetics who understand this number will be very impressed). I’m no longer taking insulin, Actos or Lipitor.
Like most mainstream American physicians, my doctor seemed a little skeptical that nutrition alone could do all of this. Still, his advice was “Whatever the hell you’re doing, keep doing it!”
I am not an overly modest person. If deserved, I would love to pat myself on the back and congratulate myself for my incredible self-discipline. The problem is that it hasn’t been hard. I haven’t had the expected craving for that 16 oz. rib eye steak (at three months, I celebrated by having a small whole wheat crust, no-cheese veggie pizza). I think that plunging 100% into a no-oil, vegan lifestyle is probably easier than trying to do it incrementally.
I plan to lose another 45 pounds. If my hemoglobin A1c drops below 5.9% and remains there (my plan), according to accepted medical definitions, I won’t be considered diabetic.
Forks over Knives was my inspiration; the Engine 2 Diet has been my bible (which, I guess, makes Rip Esselstyn the prophet?)”
-John L, Austin TX