A good friend recommended that I watch Forks Over Knives, around 10 weeks ago. I found the information incredible and started to do more and more research, including watching most if not all, of DR's videos and studying the work of others, who freely pass on such great information, like Dr Neal Barnard, Professor T. Colin Campbell, of The China Study fame, Dr Caldwell B Esselstyn and Dr John McDougall etc.
I bought the 80/10/10 diet book, by Dr Doug Graham, recently, having seen it advertised here, shortly after becoming a member of 30bananas a day. The book is absolutely fantastic and a must read, for anyone interested in optimal health and longevity. I've been vegetarian for 2 months now and vegan, for around 6 weeks.
Previously, I had been addicted to Pepsi and chocolate, aswell as other foods and drinks that were no good for me, for approximately 25 years. I am 41 years of age and 2 months ago, weighed 13stones 7lbs, which is quite heavy for me. I now weigh 11st 7lbs and feel fantastic! I have more energy, more stamina, sleep much better and feel happier than I can ever remember.
I've tried to take on board, DR's message of sleep, water, sugar and start my day with a half mile swim and drink 2 litres of water by the time that I've finished swimming. I then might have a whole Galia melon, followed by porridge, made with Organic Oatly, which is an oat based (non-dairy) milk, with no added sugar, lactose or cholesterol, etc and have 3 sliced organic bananas with that.
Yesterday, I also had another couple of bananas, a couple of organic apples, a lovely juicy pear and also around 20 medjool dates, which I seem to becoming addicted to! Before my evening meal, I ate a whole packet of raw spinach, which was 200g and then has some penne pasta with a low fat sauce. I seem to be eating more than ever but am eating so much healthier than I have ever done and am honestly feeling better than I can ever remember.
Whether, in time, I'll be able to go 100% raw, I'm not absolutely certain because I do very much enjoy vegetable and tomato soups and also enjoy cooked pasta but the shift in diet, in such a short space of time, has been immense and completely life-changing!
I've never been a big fan of nuts and so will hopefully not fall into the trap of consuming too much fat or protein in my diet, as a very new vegan. I've also managed to cut out alcohol, chocolate, tea and coffee, from my diet, as well as the dreaded Pepsi, which was a huge problem for me. I know that a lot of people will proably laugh at that but it was honestly, a very serious problem for me. Sometimes, I would literally have cold sweats and shakes, if I didn't have one or two bottles of Pepsi, in a day which would also have consisted of at least 3 or 4 chocolate bars too, plus lots of sweets!
Watching the film/documentary 'Earthlings', changed my life and I decided, there and then, that I would never again be part of the cruelty to animals, that as a meat eater, I had been part of, my whole life. I feel very embarrassed that I was so ignorant, for so long but am now actively encouaging my family and friends, to take a very serious look, at their own food choices. Personally, I am now totally committed to never consuming meat or dairy, ever again. It has been a huge shift for me because I've probably always lived my life, going from sugar fix to sugar fix, or caffeine fix to caffeine fix.
My father died last year and I certainly fell out of love with life, drowning my sorrows in too much red wine and psychologically accepting the fact that because I missed my Dad so much and that he was such a great inspiration and mentor to me, my whole life, that life would always be bitter/sweet in future, no matter how good things are/were...
Learning about nutrition and taking it seriously, for the first time in my life, has now had so many positive effects and I can only thank, wholeheartedly, all the people above, for sharing their great knowledge, so freely.
I hope to be able to spread the word too, regarding the numerous benefits of a vegan lifestyle, through the wearing of logos, on TV. I've been a Snooker professional for 20 years now and we're alllowed to wear logos on BBC (UK) and Eurosport.
I played in the German Masters in Berlin, earlier this week, played well and lost but was able to wear a Forks Over Knives logo, hopefully creating more awareness of this fantastic documentary. Similarly, I've just ordered 'A Delicate Balance' logo, to advertise another brilliant documentary on youtube and am now awaiting an 80/10/10 logo, too!
I hope that Dr Doug Graham won't mind me wearing a logo for free, promoting his great book!
Love, light and healthy eating!
All the best, Peter