I’m a guy who has been overweight my entire adult life. I’ve tried every diet, I’ve lost and gained, I’ve done low carb, I’ve done WW, I’ve done Jenny Craig. Everything works for awhile – until it doesn’t. As of December 2014, I’m down 130 lbs since Memorial Day 2013 (down 150 lbs from my heaviest), and am not close to being done. Having watched the centerpiece film of this movement, Forks Over Knives, followed by an immense amount of reading, and close to 70 hours of youtube lectures (which you can find on this site), I’ve finally found an approach that will work for the rest of my life, which makes sense to me scientifically, and which I can believe in.
Is it hard to change from the SAD (Standard American Diet) to a Whole-Food Plant-Based lifestyle? Sure – it takes discipline, resolve, and true desire to make a change. It it radical? Well, as Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn says, you may find a change in diet radical, but many would think that having one’s ribs cracked open and having bypass surgery is much more radical! (Dr. Esselstyn is also known as the doctor whose writings convinced former President Clinton to become Vegan.)
Do I miss anything about the way that I used to eat? I don’t miss the fatty meats. Honestly, after eating this way for a few weeks, your palate changes – things that used to taste irresistible just aren’t that attractive anymore. I do miss cheese – I LOVED CHEESE! It is comforting to know, however, that if I ever have a huge craving, there is a plant-based ‘fake’ version of any food I could want. (Every meat imaginable, cheese, sour cream, pizza, etc.) They’re not healthy to eat, and almost all are loaded with oils and fats – but if I absolutely can’t make it another day with an item I no longer eat – there are alternatives.