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We Should All Be Eating a Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet

I’ve been publishing my work online for the masses on Medium since October 2018, and during that time, I spent a lot of time writing about my diet and weight. Like many people these days, I used to spend so much time obsessing about every little thing I ate and trying all the latest trends and diets.

Of all the fad diets — paleo, keto, carnivore, caveman, Mediterranean — intermittent fasting and cutting out sugar was the only thing that seemed to work. And I knew those low-carb diets were not healthy. How healthy can only eating steak be?

No matter what diets I tried, the pills I took for my mental health kept me fat, and my motivation never allowed me to stick with any one plan for very long. As time went on, my midsection grew, and my blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol kept going up.

In 2022, I had an artery blockage and experienced a SCAD, in which the artery burst and I almost died. After an angioplasty and a stent that reconnected the ends of my burst artery, I promised that I would change my life and fix the reasons why I had a heart attack.

But I didn’t.

First of all, I didn’t have a clue where to start. My cardiologist said I didn’t need to do much different than cutting back and exercising, which blows my mind when he more than anyone else should know that I drastically needed to cut my cholesterol. He did put me on a statin but offered little in the way of lifestyle change advice.

I continued to eat meat, and although my bad cholesterol didn’t go up, it never got any better, I didn’t lose weight, my blood pressure was still high, even on maintenance medication, and I developed diabetes.

I knew I needed to do something, but I kept putting it off. I don’t know why I have to hit bottom to look up, but in December 2023, I was 285 pounds and my diabetes and blood pressure were out of control.

I needed to do something drastic.

So like a good student, I started chasing the science. There were a few good documentaries that put me on the right path, and I used my college library to pull up all the data I could on how to survive after a heart attack.

EVERYTHING I saw pointed me to a whole food, plant-based diet — no eggs, milk — with no oil and no sugar. Raw, whole foods were preferable. I saw that even if I went fully plant (vegan) I would get every bit of protein I needed and every nutrient that my body required to function except B12.

Yes, I listened when everybody told me that I would never get enough protein, but from my research, I learned that most people get too much protein anyway (from meat companies trying to sell more products by getting us to eat more meat). “But. You need meat for protein!” NO, you don’t. Cows, chickens, pigs, and lambs don’t eat meat, and look how big they are able to grow before we slaughter them for food.

As long as you eat plenty of whole grains, legumes, nuts, vegetables, and fruit — as long as you are getting plenty of fiber, your body will flourish. I always get asked about protein, but I want to ask people who eat all that meat, “Where are you getting your fiber?”

Most people spout off about things they do not know because they listened to Joe Rogan talk about carnivore and how vegans are dumb. Most people never look at the science and are woefully uninformed concerning the truth about food.

The only proven way to reverse heart disease, cancer, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, high blood pressure, and early death is to stop eating animal protein and start eating a whole food, plant-based diet.


Numerous doctors have been talking about this fact for years:

And there are hundreds of scientific papers touting the benefits of a plant-based diet. Go here for a few of the many papers.

The fact is, the meat, dairy, egg, and fish industries have been lying to us for a long time, just so they can boost their profits, and governments around the world have supported them, all for profit and power.

All you have to do is educate yourself. NO amount of lectures from me will change your mind, but if you actually follow the science, and take a close look at how the meat and dairy industries are not only ruining our health, but the planet, you may start to change your mind.

I am by no means an activist, but in my short time on a whole-food, plant-based diet, and all the research I have done and continue to do, I cannot stay quiet when I know that so many people are in the same boat, health-wise, as I was.

So many of us are obese, have high blood pressure, and diabetes, and are in danger of dying from heart disease and cancer.

In a little over a month I have lost 30 pounds, dropped my blood pressure and my sugar to normal levels, and my cholesterol is going down rapidly.

All of this can be fixed by starting a whole-food, plant-based diet. Follow the science and you will see. Don’t find the one paper that says a low-carb diet is best, or find the few papers that are written by sell-out scientists working for the meat industry who say carnivore is best. Find the hundreds and hundreds of papers and journals and the growing list of doctors who cannot stay silent anymore and are not driven by the money they can get by treating illness and not promoting health.

Ever wonder why most cardiologists never tell you that a plant-based diet will reverse heart disease? Ask them how much money they make in a year doing angioplasties and bypasses.

Stop listening to influencers on TikTok and start picking up material written by doctors and scientists.

So many people tell me that I am on the wrong path because they have been brainwashed by the media and government food pyramids that benefit the meat and dairy industries and are not concerned about the health of the people they should be serving.

We have all become habituated into thinking we DESERVE to eat whatever we like without consequences, that somehow we are entitled to eat foods that are bad for us without thinking what it will do to our bodies.

It’s time to stop the madness. Do the research. Educate yourself and you will see it for yourself.

Because I doubt if you will listen to me.

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