Vegan Health Success Story: Her A1C plummeted from 6.8 to 6.2 in 50 days!


This is not an exclusively vegan health story because this woman did not completely cut out all cheese but is reducing more and more all the time. She already does not eat meat, chicken or fish. So, this is more of a story about how even a small change in increasing the amount of plant foods you eat while decreasing meat, cheese, eggs, and processed foods can have a profound effect on your body systems very quickly.

I met this smart lady (she did not want me to mention her real name online) for the first time at one of my Chopped Salad Workshops given at a local health food store. (Below is a very abridged version of just the slides!)

She sat at my workshop and listened intently and told us all her story of

how she had been to the doctor recently and she didn't like what he said. This doctor said her A1C level (a blood test that shows the average level of blood sugar over the past 2 or 3 months) was 6.8, well above normal range, and that she was diabetic and would need to begin taking medication. She adamantly did not want to take any medication so my message during the workshop of taking your health into your own hands by changing what you eat was just what she needed to hear.

I explained the benefits of eating a whole food vegan salad every day - a salad without any animal products in it whatsoever. She asked many questions. I demonstrated how to make a whole food vegan chopped salad that includes grains, beans, nuts or seeds and many different types of veggies and she said it was delicious. We talked more and I suggested she watch the documentary, "Forks Over Knives" (available for free on Netflix) to learn more about the scientific, medical evidence for plant-based diets in reversing diseases like diabetes.

Well, about 6 weeks later I was back at that same health food store presenting a new workshop on How to Make Vegan Sushi.

She arrived in the middle of the demonstration and announced that she had something to tell me. I asked her if she could tell the whole group and she said:

"I wanted to tell you my A1C went from 6.8 to now 6.2 in 50 days since your last workshop and that I lost 8 pounds of fat!" I asked how she did that and she said, "I ate your chopped salad almost every day and exercised a lot every day. You encouraged me that all this will help me and I learned it from you!"

She stressed that she did a lot of weight train