By Molly Patrick
May 9, 2020
When I hear stories about people getting healthier and getting off their medication because they switched to a whole food plant based diet, it lights me up. These are people who otherwise would have continued to feel like crap and be on medication if it wasn’t for this lifestyle change. This change is so powerful.
Having multiple health issues when eating a diet heavy in animal based foods and processed foods is as predictable as getting a hangover after a hard night of drinking. When you remove the cause of the symptom, the symptom starts to heal.
This is exactly what happened for Samantha and Jules Leonard, and I was lucky enough to chat with them a couple of weeks ago. Here’s an intro from Sam before you watch the video:
We thank our lucky stars every day that we happened to find this way of eating before the pandemic started. Jules was in a high-risk group due to his type 2 diabetes and hypertension. He also had liver problems, and last year his doctors told him they would need to biopsy his liver if things didn’t improve by his next appointment in February 2020.
He was on two types of medication (for diabetes and hypertension), which had already both been increased, and the doctors were talking about adding in statins on top. We knew that he had to lose weight, and he had tried a lot of different diets over the years but had never been able to stick to them – he just couldn’t imagine depriving himself forever. Last November we watched the Game Changers documentary on Netflix and my committed carnivore cheese loving husband turned to me and said that he thought we should try this immediately. So the very next day we cut out meat and dairy, and Jules’ blood test results started to improve.
We really didn’t know anything about cooking plant-based food, but luckily in January we found the Clean Food Dirty Girl website, signed up for the meal plans and have never looked back. Jules’ HbA1c improved for the first time in 6 years and is now at normal non-diabetic levels. His BP is controlled on half his former medication. He has lost 40lbs and no longer needs a liver biopsy – by February his liver tests were back to normal! He recently came off his diabetes meds, and fingers crossed won’t need them again.
I am so amazed by what has been possible and by how quickly the changes have happened – as a doctor I was formerly a bit hesitant about the idea of a plant-based diet and its potential for such an impact on health. In particular, I never thought that it could actually reverse Jules’ diabetes, especially after such a long time – at best I hoped we could stop things getting worse. So to see him off diabetes medication with normal blood sugars and generally fitter and healthier is incredible. And what is so flipping amazing about the CFDG recipes is that Jules loves them (as do I!), and says that this really isn’t a diet, it’s a lifestyle, and a lifestyle he’s very happy to keep to. And the results speak for themselves. I’m a convert!
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Sam and Jules – you guys are kicking so much ass!! Thank you for chatting with me, I am incredibly happy for you both. May you continue to thrive and thoroughly enjoy your good health.
If you’re inspired to try our weekly Meal Plans, you can learn more about them and sign up for a free trial here.
Have you been able to turn your health around by changing your diet? Or maybe you are inspired by Sam and Jules. I would love to hear about it in the comments below!
- 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed (15 oz / 425 g)
- 1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed (15 oz / 425 g)
- ¼ cup water (60 ml)
- ½ teaspoon dried basil
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
- ¼ teaspoon coriander powder
- ¼ teaspoon cumin powder
- Drain and rinse the beans well and then place them into a medium-size mixing bowl, along with the remaining ingredients and stir well.
- Preheat a large skillet over medium heat for 2 minutes. Add the seasoned beans mixture, including any liquid, and cook for 2-3 minutes, until heated through.
Wishing you a happy week. May it be filled with removing the stuff that causes the symptoms.