14 years ago I was diagnosed with high cholesterol – actually sky-high cholesterol. It was the end of my world. I hated hearing that from my doctor. “You have to live with it” he said, as though that would be the easiest thing in the world. Was he crazy?? How dared he just say that in the most nonchalant way?? I was furious!! Did he not understand that I needed my steak and would die without cheese? “You’ve inherited it – the generic kind” he continued, “and medication is the only way, I am sorry.”
So for almost 14 years now I have been using medication and never believing for one minute that it could be any different.
Today, I am proud to say that I have normal Cholesterol levels and I no longer need medication.
I still eat steak and cheese – but not 3-4 times a day, like I did before. I have changed my ratio from 80:20 ( 80% dairy, cheese, eggs, meat and not to forget cakes – 20% grains, nuts, fruits and vegetables to a 20:80 so that today I eat 80% plant food/vegan and 20% whatever.
And one of the great things is – I didn’t change my diet! It changed me! When I started drinking green smoothies every day I just naturally started craving more green food! It happened painlessly and automatically without my intention ever to change a thing. No challenges, no strict this and that, because of the green smoothies I just all of a sudden fancied more green food. I changed some of my traditional meals with plant food, first for breakfast, then for lunch as well – I got more energy, started to jog, continued eating more green and feeling better for it all the time.
And one day when I didn’t have any more cholesterol medication – I went to my doctor and I told him: “My life has changed since I was diagnosed with high cholesterol. I now eat 80% plant-based food and I have started jogging. I would like to check and see what my cholesterol is like without medication and with this new way of living?'” He looked at me in disbelief, but he honored my request saying. ” Okay, but this means 2 months without medication before we can take the blood test.”
2 months went by – including 5 weeks traveling and eating out, but I continued jogging, drinking as many green smoothies as I could find (not always easy) and trying to take some of my meals as plant-based. After 2 months I had my blood test, thinking that my cholesterol would probably be too high and I was ready to go back on medication. To my surprise and that of my doctor, he called me and said “your cholesterol level is normal. I see no need for medication – if you continue like this. But, we need to monitor and see”. Subsequent tests have all been positive and I have been free from medication for a whole year now.
Many diseases are directly caused by the way we eat – high levels of cholesterol is just one of them; there is also diabetes 2, heart disease, obesity, etc. By taking ownership of our own health, we can do amazing things. I would not go so far as to say that you can cure anything with lifestyle changes, and I am not suggesting you stop your medication without consulting a doctor! But I do want to flag that we have the power to change! One meal at the time – a jog, a nice walk – it all makes a difference and adds to improve our health. Every little bit adds to your health!
The whole family is on-board – and that did not happen overnight – however the green smoothies seem to influence everyone. A milestone is approaching as the other day my daughter said: “Mom, I want to go completely vegan for a week” and my son said “Okay, I’ll be a weekend-vegan” 🙂
So next week we go plant-wild for a week – I hope you will join us for a week of fun and great recipes. And there is no need to be 120% – maybe you may just want to change a meal a day, maybe two, maybe you just want to follow us and see how we do – no matter what, you are welcome!!
Aren’t these peaches & blueberries lovely? – it’s a great time of the year to go plant-wild! Next week, there will be more of this:
There’ll be lots of green smoothies and juice – leafy greens and sweet summer fruit, blended and juiced like this
Breakfast may look like this
lunch like this
perhaps a homemade healthy popsicle
Dinner may look like this
Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
The beautiful ceramic dish with the peaches, are made by my friend Malene Foyd.
Click here to go to Plant-wild day 1
Seems like a delicious weekend ahead for you my friend – you have a great attitude and I’m so happy your cholesterol is once more controlled 😀
Choc Chip Uru
Thank you friend – I so appreciate your support 🙂
Wow Anne that’s such a great story! Congrats of healing yourself through food!
Good luck on your vegan week! I know you’ll love it! I’m always here if any questions come up 🙂
Thanks Gabby – you are awesome 🙂 Great to know you are there!!!
Well done and great photos.
Thank you so much – so glad you stopped by!!!
Those pictures look so great–I am hungry just looking at them!
I ADORE this post! I love that you were able to change your cholesterol levels through your diet! Seriously applauding you. I’m getting mine checked next week. Nervously excited to see what the levels are!
Somer you are SO wonderful – thank you 🙂
I will keep my fingers crossed for you! I am sure your cholesterol must be perfect – you are so completely healthy – 100% vegan and a runner. You are my inspiration 🙂
I’m only 7 months into the journey. I used to be VERY unhealthy and VERY sick. So we’ll see. Have you seen my first post?
You’re amazing, Anne! Stories like yours give me so much energy and enthusiasm for eating plant-based – for treating my body well.
Thank you Annie – You are a great inspiration to me!