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.
Have 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!