Forks Over Knives and Plant-Based Lifestyle Has Me Lighter, More Energetic and Healthier

Russ 655x344 Forks Over Knives and Plant Based Lifestyle Has Me Lighter, More Energetic and Healthier

Russ 570x299 Forks Over Knives and Plant Based Lifestyle Has Me Lighter, More Energetic and Healthier

In March of 2012, I returned home from a Caribbean cruise to find myself at the heaviest weight I have been in my life. I was dismayed. I have been active most of my life and exercised regularly. Despite the effort, I still struggled with not only with my weight, but with high cholesterol and blood pressure. So, when I peaked out at just less than 300 pounds, I knew I could not continue on my current path and became determined to do something different. I was going to revamp my exercise regimen and eat healthier.

And that was when a seemingly divine intervention occurred. The next day, as I worked my way through the grocery store determined to load up on healthy food, I ran into an acquaintance and we started talking. As I shared my dismay and plan, he asked me if I had heard of Forks Over Knives. I hadn’t. He invited me to watch it, indicating he and his wife had been following the film’s recommended lifestyle for a while.

Now, until this time I lived my life as a devout carnivore. One of my favorites was an all-you-can-eat ribs special! As a lifelong weightlifter, I counted on meat and dairy products as a primary source of protein (yes, I was totally uneducated on this). I also loved my backyard barbeque.

A couple of days later I started watching Forks Over Knives. Due to circumstances that day, I didn’t make it all the way through – yet what I had seen left a big impression. So when my wife asked me the next morning what I thought, I responded, “I think I am a vegetarian.” I laughed. I shared with her what I had learned so far and how I could not stop thinking about the film’s evidence-based message. She was intrigued and so the next night we watched the whole film together. When it concluded, my wife and I agreed to try the plant-based lifestyle for a week. Well, nearly one year later we are still plant-based eaters!

We have never felt better. I am delighted with the increased energy, mental capacity and stamina that I have. I became 45 pounds lighter within 4 months and have maintained my new weight all this time. While I’m still lifting weights regularly, I have also become a runner and now average running 12-15 miles a week. This is not bad for an over 50-year-old football lineman! Most importantly, through plant-based eating and exercise, my blood pressure and cholesterol have reached normal. In 2010, a colonoscopy found precancerous polyps, which prompted a return test in the fall 2012. I went for the test, and to my surprise I had a fully healthy colon! Forks Over Knives has changed my life and I plan to live this way for the rest of my years. Thank you!

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