Reversing Type 2 Diabetes — And Reversing Heart Disease — Don Avoided 6 Bypasses — Food as Medicine!

This has made such a big difference in the way that I see my food and in the way that I eat, and the way that I feel The last usage went down to 35 — from 110 to 35

Because I was starting to go low and even though I was eating 250 carbs a day, my weight — I weigh 165 pounds I haven't weighed this since high school and I'm 55 I've always though — been told — once you pass 40 you can forget about losing weight Never in a million years would I have thought how much weight I would lose doing this or I would have done this a long time ago This is the way to go

If you're diabetic, it's definitely the way to go because of how much help you're going to get with your numbers and with your diabetes It can be reversed It's just amazing I'm 55 years olf Most of my adult life I weighed over 215 pounds

Tried all kinds of fad diets, exercise, diet pills, shakes, Weight Watchers, you name it I could lose about 10 – 15 pounds and then I would just gain it right back Back in 1998 when I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, probably very similar to what they do now, the doctor put me on Metformin, 500 milligrams to try to get it to come down Then he sent me to a diabetes education class where the main topic that they taught was how to count your carbs, read the labels, and limit your carb intake to 60 grams per meal, no more than 15% Not once did they refer to anything that had to do with fat and diabetes, which after seeing the online summit really opened my eyes

My A1c would range anywhere from 107 to 79 I went up on my Metformin usage because I wasn't really maintaining control of what I was eating and my diet And I was under a little bit of stress too

Around 2013 is when my primary care physician decided that it was now time for me to start taking Lantis, so he started me on 25 units Well that took me about a year to get up to where I was actually taking 10 units of it My blood glucose wasn't under control and I was still heavy My cholesterol was still high My triglycerides, blood pressure, everything

Now I've also been living with heart disease since 1994 I got 9 stents The last heart procedure that I had done was in February of this year Prior to that in December of 2016 my cardiologist had me come in to do a nuclear stress test which is something that I've been doing every year He saw an area that looked like the blood supply was low, so he decided I needed to have a heart cath done to see what was going on

Okay, my experience had been stress test, heart cath, 1 or 2 stents, and go home, do 12 weeks of cardio rehab and start all over again Well, that didn't happen this time This time, the cardiologist came out of the cath lab a lot quicker than he ever has and was telling my wife and myself that I had extensive blockages in my heart, which I don't think he was really surprised to see This is the same one that's been putting my stents in And he was like you need to actually get with your regular cardiologist

He said because what I see is you need to have 6 bybasses I said okay And it just so happened that it was on February 3 that I had the heart cath done And the online summit — the Mastering Diabetes online summit that y'all did was during that same time frame So that Saturday and Sunday my wife sat and watched every one of those people on the summit

And we were amazed at what we were hearing and seeing We were like, okay On one hand, you go in the hospital and you get these 6 bypasses done On the other hand, listening to some of this information on the Mastering Diabetes Summit, it can be reversed You don't have to do this

And that's when I decided I didn't really want my chest cracked open like an egg, and have my plumbing rerouted so I was like okay, we're gonna do this My wife was onboard with it It was just fantastic We became members of the Mastering Diabetes Everything that we've been doing is plant-based whole food

I have not had any meat, cheese And when I say meat, chicken was my big thing I loved chicken And I could eat chicken forever You know, breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Not any more After seeing just all the stuff that I've seen and the information that I've gotten from you guys has made such a big difference Big difference in the way that I see my food, in the way that I eat, and the way that I feel It was nothing for me to sit down and eat 5 pieces of fried chicken And you'd wanna just sit back and take a nap

Not do anything And I'm sure it did affect my thinking also You know it clouded everything It wasn't good, but I didn't realize how good it could be It was just a way of life

The transition process was so much easier than my wife and I both expected And it all mostly stemmed from the information that we had, that we got from y'all You know, again it was like bypass or lifestyle change Because we weren't looking at this as a diet This wasn't going to be a diet

This was going to be a lifestyle change That's exactly what we did First it was a little scary because nutritionists and doctors are always telling you especially if you're diabetic, "Watch your carbs You can't eat the fruits You can't eat the potatoes

You have to watch the breads" Going and seeing what a plant based and whole food was I can eat a cup of grapes I could eat like I do for my breakfast now, I kindof do what Robby does and I'll eat 4 fruits Now I'll cut up an apple, a banana, a pear, and I'll throw a cup of blueberries in on top of all that I'll take cinnamon like Cyrus

I love cinnamon I mean I douse it in cinnamon I'll throw chia seeds on there and I've gotten where I every time I eat something for a meal, it's gonna have either fresh or cooked spinach on it I've gotten to where I love spinach So the transition was easier than we thought, easier than we expected because of the frame of mind that we were in

We were in We were all in We knew this is what we were gonna do and we were gonna watch and see what happened And it's just been amazing to see the difference in the way that I feel, the way that I eat, the way that I even act My moods, my temperament, it's just

it's better It's just all around better Baseline numbers, insulin usage, things like that were high

Average A1c was around 82 And again I was still taking 100 units of Lantis My blood pressure was high, my cholesterol was 230, my triglycerides were above 150 And I was still on the Lantis, I was still on 2 different types of blood pressure medicine — 1 which was a beta blocker, which reduced your heart rate

I got to the point of thinking well why am I doing that because my heart is not getting any stronger if I'm keeping the rate of it down all the time I was just not doing too well with my health And that was all before I started Now when I went to the plant based whole food diet, I gradually got off my Varsilia, my Lantis usage went down like the first week down to like 35 From 110 to 35

Because I was starting to go low And even though I was eating 250 carbs a day, and it was all the fruit and the potatoes I was like, this is working This is good So I was anxious to see what it was going to do with my cholesterol

At one point my cholesterol was down to 99 and then it went back up to 121 My HDL stayed up at a decent level, but my LDL was always really high and the triglycerides were high Cholesterol was way down The last A1c that I had done was 61, so it's way down

My weight — I weigh 165 pounds I haven't weighed this since high school And I'm 55 I've always thought — been told — once you get past 40 you can forget about losing weight Never in a million years would I have thought how much weight I would lose doing this or I would have done this a long time ago

It's just fantastic to see the difference from 8 months ago From back in February to where I'm at now Just to give you another little idea When we came out to California, when you go through the TSA line you present your driver's license and boarding pass The guy looked at my driver's license and was like, "You've lost a lot of weight haven't you?" Yeah

This is the way to go If you're a diabetic, it's definitely the way to go because of how much help you're going to get with your numbers and with your diabetes It can be reversed It's just amazing to see the changes that have happened in my body and knowing that it's not me It's what I'm putting in my body

I've been doing the best I can to anybody that I find to talk them in to try this Try it for 10 days You will see a major difference and you won't want to go back to eating this other stuff Do not hesitate Go at it as a lifestyle change

Don't go at it as a diet It's not a diet It is a lifestyle change You will be amazed how much better you feel eating this way The one key that my wife and I found that was very helpful when we started was to focus on what we could eat – – not what we shouldn't eat — but what we could eat

Mastering Diabetes Don't hesitate Even if you're not diabetic, if you wanna keep from becoming a diabetic, do this And you'll just be amazed at how much better you'll feel, how much the food tastes better, and all the options that you actually have

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