“But where do you get your protein?”
This was the question that always kept me from considering a Plant-Based diet for years. I had always enjoyed cooking and appreciated really good food. And I assumed people that followed this kind of diet ate a lot of fake processed meat and dairy products. But then my husband developed pre-diabetes and after a long career as a cardiac RN, I knew it was time for us to take drastic action….
I had heard that a Whole Food Plant-Based (WFPB) Diet could reverse diabetes from watching the documentary What the Health about a year earlier. I had spent decades caring for patients whose quality of life was devastated by chronic disease, the most common of which was diabetes. It leads to heart attacks, chronic wounds, blindness, amputations, and kidney and heart failure. In fact, when I ran a heart failure clinic, of the over 200 patients that we managed at any one time, I could just about count on one hand the number of patients that weren’t diabetic. And what I did for a living (really what we all do in the medical field) is play “whack-a-mole” for all eternity by treating problems that are really just symptoms of a disease-promoting Standard American Diet.
But after we switched to a Whole Food Plant-Based diet (WFPBD), I came to understand that this way of eating (I don’t even like to call it a “diet” anymore-it just seems second nature now) could also greatly improve and frequently reverse many other issues that become almost universal as we hit middle age and beyond: high cholesterol levels, heart disease, erectile dysfunction, high blood pressure, lower back pain, gastric reflux, fatty tumors, and weight gain.
My husband and I both lost 20# without even really trying because we were never hungry on this high fiber, high nutrient diet. And within four months, we rechecked Paul’s bloodwork and his pre-diabetes was reversed!
So now we enjoy foods like bean and mushroom chili, air fried potatoes, delicious smoothies, hearty oatmeal with fruit and nuts, and delicious new Mexican, Asian, Italian, Mediterranean and Indian dishes. Even mouth-watering desserts like pumpkin or banana ice cream, black bean Mexican chocolate brownies, and more! We eat much more exciting food now than I ever used to cook before, and enjoy the health benefits of finally maintaining a normal body weight without effort, and with no evidence of any chronic disease. Turns out, instead of taking the “whack-a-mole” symptom-management approach with drugs, interventions, and surgeries, it is just so much more effective to treat the cause!