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Marc lost 55lbs in only 3 months! See how you can too… His amazing story!

Posted by Jenn on February 24, 2013


I’m happy to share another success story!  Meet Marc.  He’s a busy husband and dad who has lost over 50lbs in only 3 months and he’s only just begun.

Marc’s Story:

The Cardiologist came into the waiting room exhausted with his head buried in a cup of coffee. I could tell his performance in the operating room was laborious. He explained to me and my family that my Dad had a couple of close calls during the 5-hour quadruple bypass surgery, but that he was in a cardiac intensive care room with all indicators pointing to a successful recovery. Then the surgeon did something peculiar: he pointed to me and said “I know just by looking at you that I will see you on the operating table before you are

Marc's success after only 3 months!

Marc’s success after only 3 months!

40”.

I was 31 when my Dad, a retired physician, had bypass surgery. He had just turned 60 years old. While heart disease runs in our family, the conditions that brought us to the hospital for my Dad’s mega-heart alteration seemed too severe and too early to be written off as mere genetics. And the Cardiologist’s caution to me was offensive, which was just what I needed. At that point I was the father of a 7 month-old son, an active member of my community, the founding director of a successful leadership development organization for diverse and disengaged young adults in Indianapolis and I was very sick. I had so much to lose, but my health was taking it all away. Being young, morbidly obese, pre-diabetic and pre-hypertensive were all working against me: I was finally scared.

Over the next few years I set out to learn more about myself and about health. I read books and journals, had conversations with experts in health and behavior modification, searched my soul and experimented with different approaches to living. Having been overweight most of my life, I was very familiar with diet fads and ‘dieting’. I knew I didn’t want another top secret for losing weight or the next “10 steps for slimming my waistline”. I was looking for a new way of living. With the work of Dr. Dean Ornish, the Esselstyns, the China Study and others dancing around in my head, I went to bed one evening in February 2011 with grave physical and emotional pain caused by my food and lifestyle and I promised myself that the next day I would try a vegan diet. I stuck with it. Within days I felt better. I had more energy and less pain. I started losing weight and it felt good.

After a month or two of eating a vegan diet, I found ways around its healthy attributes. Oreo cookies, French fries, mad amounts of bread all became staples of my vegan menu. My weight crept up to a new high for me, 305 pounds, and my blood pressure and triglycerides were through the roof…again! I learned the hard way about the giant difference between a vegan diet and a plant-based diet. In December 2012, I changed everything. I started eating a plant-based diet consisting of mostly vegetables, legumes, fruits, whole grains and very little refined and processed carbohydrates. I started routinely going to a gym, the Chase Legacy Center in Indianapolis, which is a nonprofit organization that is run by encouraging and supportive members of my community – everyone should have a fitness community like this. I started the transformation.

With only three months of sticking to a plant-based diet and regular exercise, I have lost over 50 pounds, regularly have a normal blood pressure and have gone from a size 50 waist to a size 38 waist. The best part: I am not dieting! Rather, I have introduced new foods, recipes and flavors to my diet. Diet is no longer a verb, it is a noun – a thing. By eating a plant-based diet, I am not restricting myself but I am focusing on the assets that foods bring to me. I build my culinary life around those assets. This, coupled with a supportive community at my gym, family and neighborhood, has launched a life-long chapter of wellness and whole living. While the Cardiologist did save my Dad’s life through invasive and extreme surgery, I know now that he was wrong: I will not be on his operating table by the time I am 40 or anytime soon, for that matter.

Note:  Marc will be updating us on his progress every 3 months moving forward, so sign up for our email alerts of his progress and more!

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President Clinton on his plant-based diet (transcript from CNN interview)

Posted by Jenn on December 17, 2010


President Bill Clinton 2007

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Reference: CNN.com transcripts; THE SITUATION ROOM with Wolf Blitzer; Aired September 25, 2010 – 18:00   ET

BLITZER: My last question and it comes to me in a lot of my followers as recalled on Twitter sent me this question. They wanted me to ask you a variation of this question. How did you lose so much weight? What kind of diet are you on?

CLINTON: Well, the short answer is, I went on essentially a plant- based diet. I live on beans, legumes, vegetables, fruits. I drink a protein supplement every morning. No dairy. I drink almond milk mixed in with fruit and a protein powder.

So I get the protein when I start the day out and it changed my whole metabolism and I lost 24 pounds and I lot back to basically to what I weighed in high school.

But I did it for a different reason, I mean, I wanted to lose weight, but I never dreamed this would happen. I did it because after I had this stent put in, I realized that even though it happens quite often that after — yes, bypasses you lose the veins because they’re thinner and weaker than arteries.

The truth is that it clogged up, which means that the cholesterol was still calling buildup in my vein, that was part of my bypass and thank God I could take the stents. I don’t want it to happen again. So I did all of this research and I saw that 82 percent of the people since 1986 who have gone a plant-based no dairy, no meat of any kind — no chicken, turkey, I eat very little fish.

Once in a while I’ll have a little fish. Not that often. If you can do it, 82 percent of the people have done that have begun to heal themselves. There are arterial blockage cleans up. The calcium deposit around their heart breaks up.

This movement has been led by a doctor named Caldwell Eserstein at the Cleveland clinic, Dean (inaudible) in California, the doctors, Campbell, father and son, who wrote the China study and a handful of others, but we now have 25 years of evidence.

And so I thought, well, since I needed to lose a little weight for Chelsea’s wedding, I’ll become part of this experiment. I’ll see if I can be one of those that can have a self-clearing mechanism. We’ll see.

BLITZER: I hope you’re healthy for many years and get to see grandchildren for many years to come.

CLINTON: Me too. That’s really the big deal. You know, Hilary and I — we’re happy, we love our son-in-law and we admire him but — and we’d like to be around if there’s grandkids, we want to be there to do our part.

BLITZER: Mr. President, good luck.

CLINTON: Thank you.

BLITZER: Thanks for what you’re doing.

CLINTON: Thanks.

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