Last day sick and tired


At my son’s urging, I watched “Forks Over Knives” yesterday and had an epiphany into the role diet has played in my sudden decline in health and vitality.

fresh frrHave you heard of this documentary?  It traces a number of heart and cancer patients through their journeys back to health after changing their diets from typical American meat and potatoes fare to a whole food, vegetarian type program.

After decades of eating a low carb, heavily meat based diet and shunning fruits and most vegetables,, I have arrived at the apex my Golden Years riddled by inflammation, lack of energy, high blood pressure, diverticulitis and ovarian cancer.  Long story short, this documentary which outlined the work of two noted physicians convinced me I need to change my ways.  It may be too late to cure the cancer, but stranger things have happened.

Today, I am cleaning out my refrigerator (if I can find the energy) and B is taking me grocery shopping.  By the way, B has lost 15 pounds in two weeks following a strictly vegan program and I almost didn’t recognize him when he came over yesterday,  He said he never felt better in his life and the fallout was affecting the way he lives. ( He spent the week cleaning up his house. Wow.  That’s big!)

He gave up all dairy and meat, sugar, alcohol and replaced them with fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts, beans and quinoa.  I am going to ease into it and try a less strict version – but I can’t wait to to buy up a ton of fruit which has been a no-no for as long as I can remember.

I won’t go into the science behind this film, but I urge you to check it out if you have Netflix.  You can probably watch it on line.  You will never look at a Big Mac quite the same way.

I will give you an update from time to time on my progress.  This will be a four week experiment, ending the Wednesday before Thanksgiving (Oct. 27 – Nov. 27).  I think I’m feeling better already!

9 thoughts on “Last day sick and tired

  1. Best of luck to you and everyone who joins you. I have developed an auto immune response to a new medication. I found “Sick, Tired, and almost Dead.” It is also on Netflix, and is about two men with an autoimmune disease who are controlling by changing their lifestyles and diets.

    I guess off we all go on another great adventure.

  2. Emily, Phil and I miss seeing you so much! Phil is here in Jackson for the long weekend, watching lots of football on tv! Take care of yourself and know you can stay with me anytime you are on medical visits to Jackson. I look forward to watching “Forks and Knives” on Netflix! Love you, Ruthie

  3. A young woman in remission from breasr cancer here in Austin has made a business out of juicing. 6 lbs of fruit and vegs in 12 oz bottle.

    It can be used to do a 3day cleanes or sub for a meal. They’re not bad but think I’d rather eat the real thing. But guess there’s less stress on the body.

  4. Norma I also watched sick, tired and almost dead. Both documentaries worked on me pretty good. Cleaned out my fridge yesterday – today I’m off to restock with things I’ve never heard of in some cases. Today I’m making sweet potato jambalaya. Hey to you Ruthie Hollis – miss you too girl! Been keeping up thru mutual friends!!

  5. Emily: Here’s a great dip recipe from Whole Foods that is quite hardy and I think you might like it. It does contain 1 cup of low-fat yogurt and 1/4 cup feta cheese (which I think you could skip). If you can get by with a little yogurt on your diet, I believe this would be very filling for you. (And you won’t be eating the WHOLE THING at once…. so perhaps a little yogurt won’t hurt). Here it is:

    Mediterranean 8-Layer Dip

    1 – 8 oz. container hummus (I make my own — it’s easy and I can give you the recipe)
    1 cup baby spinach roughly chopped
    1 cup thinly-sliced roasted red peppers drained
    1/2 cup sliced pitted black olives
    1 – 6 oz. jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained and roughly chopped
    One cup plain low-fat or non-fat Greek-style yogurt
    1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
    1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
    Pita chips (or carrots, celery, cucumbers, etc)

    Spread hummus evenly in the bottom of an 8-inch square dish. Scatter spinach over the top and press down lightly. Arrange peppers, then artichoke hearts over the top. Drop yogurt in dollops over artichokes then spread out to make an even layer. Sprinkle with olives, green onions and feta and serve with whatever “dipper” you want.

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