Several people had told me about the Forks over Knives video a while back, but it wasn’t until recently that my husband and I finally got around to watching it. Pretty much, it talks about how eating a whole-food, plant-based diet can prevent and even reverse many diseases and ailments that many of us dairy-meat-refined-sugar-and flour-eating people will most likely face at some point in the future.
Earlier this year I had some crazy abdominal pain and ended up going to the doctor to figure out if something was wrong. Checking my vitals, the doc said I had an unusually high heart rate. In fact, she checked it a couple times and had another doctor check it to reassure the rate. When she was talking about my ¨really high heart rate¨, I felt so strange. My heart rate and health had always been great during previous doctor visits.
At that moment I really wanted to do things over. I wished I hadn’t eaten that hamburger the night before. And ordering those french fries was totally over-doing it. And I should have been doing more aerobic exercises all this time! And how I wished I could go back in time and just live a healthier lifestyle to prevent this high heart rate (and whatever health problem I might have).
Turns out it was appendicitis and my body was working hard to fight it.
So anyway, in Forks over Knives, there are several examples of people who really did have cancer, diabetes, obesity, arthritis, and other health problems who were actually able to reverse/cure these health problems by switching to a whole-foods, plant-based diet (and I think some exercise helped too).
Isn’t that a hopeful thought? They were in bad (sometimes critical) health conditions and maybe even believed the rest of their lives would be like that, or progressively get worse. But they actually feel and look and are so much healthier now.
Although I don’t feel up to going 100% on this lifestyle change right now, I will be trying out (and hopefully posting) more whole-food, plant-based recipes. Yay! We are going to use up the food we currently have while introducing more veggies, dairy substitutions, etc. and hopefully in a few months we’ll be ready to be a little more hard-core healthy.