Sarah and Leah at Alamo Heights Methodist Church hosted a free vegan dinner catered by Whole Foods and showed the movie, "Forks Over Knives". Dr. Oz raved about the movie, saying, "I loved it and I need all of you to see it". The movie "Examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods. The major storyline traces the personal journeys of Dr. T. Colin Campbell, a nutritional scientist from Cornell University, and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, a former top surgeon at the world renowned Cleveland Clinic. Inspired by remarkable discoveries in their young careers, these men conducted several groundbreaking studies. Their separate research led them to the same startling conclusion: degenerative diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even several forms of cancer, could almost always be prevented-and in many cases reversed-by adopting a whole foods, plant-based diet. In addition, cameras follow real patients who have chronic conditions from heart disease to diabetes, and are taught by their doctors to adopt a whole foods plant-based diet as the primary approach to treat their ailments."
This is the second time I've seen the movie, the first was at the San Antonio Vegetarian Society (SAVS) a couple of weeks ago. Esselstyn's book, "Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease" began my now 4-year journey into my vegan lifestyle. Now, like Leah and Sarah, I also want to help inspire others to heal by my testimony. Trust me, I was stunned to find out I had high cholesterol, since everyone told me I eat healthier than anyone they knew BEFORE I went vegan. My diet consisted of grilled chicken or baked tilapia, cheese, a salad, avacados and lots of water. Imagine my horror to be told I had a cholesterol of 198 when I was eating foods that the "Standard American Diet" said was mighty good for me.
In my typical obsessive style, I delved into all things cholesterol and became pretty darn knowledgeable in the matter. Turns out, 'bad' cholesterol is caused by the consumption of "anything with a face or a mother, and what it produces". It is said that the animals get their revenge from the grave, in that those who consume them die of heart attacks, strokes and cancer.
In a matter of weeks, I dropped 63 LDL points and in a few months, I shed 32 pounds and gained lots of energy. Plus, I not only could zip up my jeans with ease, but had to buy a whole new 'skinny' wardrobe! I moved up to the front of my workout classes at Spectrum Athletic Club, next to the 20 year olds. Woo hoo! It's never too late, ya'll, and you can do it!
Here's a recipe from Whole Foods' online, "Health Starts Here":
Makes about a dozen balls
1/2 cup corn meal
1/2 cup corn grits
3/4 cup ground flax seed
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp granulated garlic
1/8 tsp cayenne
1/4 cup apple juice
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup almond milk
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients together, then let sit for about 15- 20 minutes until it thickens. Mixture should be wet but still pliable. Using small ice cream scoop, place large golf ball sized scoops onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Bake in 350 degree oven for 15 minutes. Outside should be crisp inside will still be moist.
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