Jo Sims' Vegan Health Story: Completely off injectible insulin forever!

I've known Jo Sims, age 49, since I joined House of Light Yoga after finishing my cancer treatment 3 years ago. Jo has watched me recover my strength while practicing yoga and we always try to meet up every month at the outdoor "Yoga in the Vines" class at Strong Tower Winery here where we live in Spring Hill, Florida.

When I came back from my New York City certification class to be come a Certified Vegan Lifestyle Coach & Educator last year, I became focused on sharing my own personal success experiences using a whole food plant-based diet to avoid a breast cancer recurrence. I also wanted to share all the new information I had been learning about preventing, controlling and even reversing lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and heart disease through a whole food plant-based diet.

Dieting on ham and cheese cubes

When Jo came to "Yoga in the Vines" with little packages of ham and cheese cubes as an after-yoga snack, I couldn't continue to keep quiet. I had to tell her about the documentary, "Forks Over Knives" and how easy it is to lose weight when you eat whole plant foods, which was also my personal experience. She was struggling hard with her weight, erratic and high blood sugars as well as high cholesterol. But she wasn't ready to hear my message.

She wasn't ready to hear me until last July when her husband had a massive heart attack with 100% blockage to the main descending artery. When she told me that, I tried again to beg her to watch "Forks Over Knives," which is largely focused on preventing and reversing heart attacks and cardiovascular disease.

The "Forks Over Knives" effect

Finally, in September she got Netflix and watched the movie. Over the next few months she watched it several more times and tried to have her husband, while recovering from his life-saving heart surgery, watch it, too. On January 1, 2017, Jo Sims took the leap and went whole food vegan. Three months later, she had another appointment with her primary care physician.

"My doctor noticed that I lost almost 12 pounds in 3 months from the time I had seen her last and she saw my cholesterol and my blood glucose go down dramatically so she wanted to know what I was doing. I told her about the whole food plant-based diet and she said she was 100% on board with the vegan lifestyle and told me to keep up the good work."

Most doctors just don't know about the evidence for reversing diabetes and heart disease through a whole food plant-based diet (because they haven't been taught, read the research or tried to learn more about nutrition) and they just won't tell you that you can change your diet and possibly not need any medications. They also have no idea how to teach you how to do it.

Jo said:

"All you do is go to the doctor and get more and more and more medications and you get sicker and sicker all the while."

The proof is in the blood work

Jo says she knew that the amount of medications she was on was making her extremely sick while her waistline continued to swell. Once she switched to a whole food plant-based diet, the opposite happened.

"I've was already down 3 1/2 dress sizes in just 5 months. And every inch reduced in the stomach area reduces my risk of a heart attack. My goals is to get my stomach down to normal."

When I met with Jo recently she proudly showed off her blood work results. She said she was off 73 units of injectible insulin, proving you can reduce your meds. It is her goal to get off all her meds entirely.

Here is how her blood results have improved over this year, since August of 2016:

AUG 2016 (Pre-Vegan)

Blood glucose: 175

Triglycerides: 190

A1C: 7.3

FEB 2017 (6 Weeks vegan)

Blood glucose: 133

Triglycerides: 101

AIC: 7.2

MAY 2017 (5 months vegan)

Blood glucose: 113

Triglycerides: 85

JUL 2017 (7 months vegan)

Blood glucose: 98

After that last appointment with her blood glucose under 100 (considered normal) Jo said, "This was the first time I ever left my endocrinologist's office not feeling like crying or helpless!"

AUGUST 2017 UPDATE: Jo is off all injectible insulin as long as she maintains a normal waking blood glucose under 100, which she has.

She is still on a daily oral medication but is looking forward to reducing and eliminating that in the near future as well.

Jo still needs to check her blood sugars every morning and every morning its the lowest blood sugar numbers in 9 years. She also says her digestion is amazing now and that she never even knew how good it could be which was something she did not even expect.

April 2018 UPDATE: Jo has lost an additional 12 pounds as part of my Plant Power Team during the Great Hernando Weight Loss Challenge and is looking forward to new bloodwork results soon!

Jo's tips for going vegan for health