My personal experience is that in 2012, at the age of 45, I was suffering with increasingly painful and swollen joints, as well as other health issues, that had started around age 35 and were progressively worsening. My mother has debilitating rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, vasculitis, neuropathy, and other health issues, and has been disabled since her 50’s. I was terrified I was heading down that same path. After numerous doctors’ visits and blood tests with no answers, I decided to investigate some nutritional options. My daughter recommended the Forks Over Knives documentary, which my husband and I watched on February 15, 2013 and became instant plant-based, whole food consumers.
Since that time, I’ve resolved my inflamed and painful joints, lowered my cholesterol from 220 to nearly 150, dropped over 40 lbs., resolved adult acne that previously required prescription medication, and recovered from sleeping issues. My personal mission now is to promote this way of health in my community and hopefully see some lives changed, just like mine. FOOD IS MEDICINE!
I have completed my certification in Plant-Based Nutrition through Cornell University, T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, and I am in the process of trying to become licensed to teach Food for Life Classes, sponsored by Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, in my area.
As exciting as the weight loss is, it pales in comparison to the health benefits I’ve experienced–no more painful, swollen joints, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, restless leg syndrome, sleep issues, adult acne that needed antibiotic, hormonal issues, fatigue, and lethargy. The unseen is more powerful than the seen. This is freedom from sickness, and I’m so thankful!