My story starts in July 2012, when I decided to become gluten free. My naturopath suggested this because of my osteo-arthritis knee, wrist and big toe pain. I was 49!
The changes I felt after about two months astounded me. My pain was diminishing – not completely gone but much, much less. This led me to educate myself more and more about the nutritive and healing effects of food.
Jump forward to August 2014 when I said to my husband, “We are changing to a vegan diet”. In the two gluten-free years leading up to this we had been eating mostly organic food, lots of whole foods meals and I had experimented with raw food, created with my dehydrator (not that my husband was very fond of this!).
So here we are eating a plant based, whole foods diet. I make our almond and cashew milks, coconut milk kefir, cook our beans from dried, create all our meals from scratch and buy organic produce, nuts and seeds as much as possible.
I am scheduled to see an orthopedic surgeon in August (booked in December 2014 thanks to the Canadian Health System) to discuss a left knee replacement, and I believe I will be cancelling this appointment in late July. My knees are certainly not 100%, but I can now walk for up to 8 hours at a time without excruciating pain and no issues the next day. We are clearer thinkers, losing weight (me slower of course), healthy and happy. My husband was diagnosed with High Cholesterol in early August 2014, and he told the doctor he wanted to treat it naturally, the doctor said he couldn’t help him. After six weeks on a vegan diet my husband had another blood test and his cholesterol was back in the normal range. The doctor said to him “What did you do?”, to which my husband replied “I became vegan”. The doctor remained sceptical that food could have this much of a change, however, we are now eight months in and my husband’s cholesterol remains in the healthy range.
For us, these changes are making us healthy, adding two more people making the planet healthy, and saving the lives of lovely animals along the way.