Hired a vegan nutritionist/life coach Committed to plan/weekly meetings Adopted a dog from my local shelter Walked my dog for a half hour each day Learned to cook Only ate organic whole plants No processed sugar or processed foods Lost 105 lbs in 7 months!
Before After 280 lbs 175 lbs Type 2 diabetes Normal glucose Cholesterol: 300 Cholesterol: 114 BP: 160/100 BP: 96/60 >$1000 meds/mo Zero meds Waist: 50/Shirt: 3XL Waist: 32/Shirt: M Neck: 18.5 Neck: 16 Shoes: 11.5 EEE Shoes: 10 D
Top Questions/Objections What do you eat? Where do you get your protein? Don’t you miss eating meat and dairy? Aren’t vegans radicals and extremists? My doctor said I need to eat meat and dairy. I can’t afford to be vegan. Animals eat animals, why shouldn’t people eat animals? I only eat “humane” and “free range” animal products.
Where do you get your protein? Do I look like I need more protein? Where do elephants and bulls get protein? UN: People only need 5% dietary protein. Medical fact: Except in cases of malnutrition, there has never been a documented case of protein deficiency in the history of the world. Athletes: Do the protein math - as you workout, you eat more calories, so you are eating proportionately more protein.
Where do you get your protein?“Americans on the SAD consume six-to-10times more protein than they need. Thatexcess protein overworks the liver andkidneys, causing both these organs tobecome enlarged and injured. Excess proteinconsumption causes the kidneys to pull largequantities of calcium from the body, causingbones to weaken and kidney stones to form.”Dr. John McDougall, M.D.
My doctor said I need to eat meat and dairy Most doctors do not receive adequate nutritional training. Nutrition Education in U.S. Medical Schools: Latest Update of a National Survey, Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges, 2010. Most patients are given drugs instead of a plant based option because many doctors assume patients won’t follow nutritional advice. Mostly Plants, American Journal of Cardiology, 2009. The majority of non-vegans need statins to reduce their cholesterol to healthy levels. Preventing and arresting coronary atherosclerosis, American Heart Journal, 1995
I can’t afford to be vegan. Yes you can, especially in California. Buy healthy unpackaged food from sources including Berkeley Bowl, Rainbow Grocery, and Farmers markets. Buy grains, legumes etc. from Bulk bins. Buy only 100% organic (non-GMO) whole foods. Don’t buy anything in a can, box, package or frozen (except products such as organic tofu, dried pasta, unsweetened almond milk, and frozen blueberries).
Animals eat animals, whyshouldn’t people eat animals? Examples of why this notion is ridiculous. Are you a human, or a jackal? Some animals are carnivores, but every human can thrive on a vegan diet: “Well planned vegetarian [including total vegan] diets are healthful for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes.” Position of the American Dietetic Association, 2009
I only eat “humane” and “freerange” animal products. There are no such thing as “humane” animal products. Animals raised for food live 10 to 20 percent of their natural lives on average. An animal is not a stalk of corn, the life of every creature means as much to it as your life means to you. Examples of the horrors of factory farming and slaughterhouses
Global Benefits of a Vegan Diet Environmental: Raising animals for food damages the environment as much or more than all fossil fuel used on the planet. United Nations Report, 2006. Healthcare costs: $200 billion per year in US for obesity related illness, $200 billion for memory care, etc. Animals: Nine billion animals are slaughtered each year in the US for food. Global hunger: 70% of US agriculture is fed to animals raised for human consumption.
Essential Resources: What everyone should do: Netflix: Watch “Forks Over Knives” Netflix: Watch “Earthlings” Download: “Vegan Starter Kit” from PCRM Cookbooks: Forks Over Knives Cookbook and thousands of other vegan cookbooks Internet: Thousands of vegan blogs Dine vegan: Many great vegan restaurants Get involved: In your local vegan community