I had long been an athletic person with an average build. My cholesterol was a little high (around 190 – 200) even though I was fit enough to be running marathons. Then, more recently, my cholesterol escalated to 225. I had always resisted taking medications, but my doctor convinced me to take statin drugs because of my family history of heart disease (I had an uncle who died of a heart attack at age 50). Shortly after I began my regimen, a terrible allergic reaction to the drugs meant I had to stop taking them.
One day I was in Barnes and Noble and saw the Forks Over Knives companion book. The book piqued my interest, so I purchased it. I then ordered the movie. After I watched the film, my life was changed! I knew I could change my body chemistry without chemicals. I believed I could do it, so I adopted a vegan diet! Soon thereafter, I took a trip for my birthday to Farm Sanctuary, a shelter for abandoned and abused farm animals. While I was there, I learned that animal agriculture is very destructive. My experience at the sanctuary further solidified my decision to eat in this new way!
I asked my doctor if not eating meat would change my cholesterol. He said that my high cholesterol was hereditary and there was nothing I could do about it. Changing my diet would not make a difference. Six months later, I took a blood test and I couldn’t wait to get my results. My doctor looked at the numbers. My cholesterol was down 52 points, from 225 to 173. My LDL cholesterol went from 150 to 99. I told him that I became vegan and had not eaten a single meat, dairy or egg product in over six months! He said most people would never change their diet and be strong enough to stick with it.
The moral of the story is you don’t need to be unhealthy or be condemned to taking medications. Originally I adopted a vegan diet for my health, but I now view farm animals as I do my dog and talking bird. Now that I am educated due to Forks Over Knives and Farm Sanctuary, I will never eat meat again.