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"I lost 20 more pounds, for a total of 60, since I took your course 2 months ago. Your diet plan rocks!!" - Philip C.
Today, Philip is talking with us about his weight-loss and motivations for adopting a plant-based (vegan) diet.
HH: So Philip, what made you take HH's Balanced Nutrition e-course and go plant-based?
Philip: Well, your plan was pretty much the last stage in a doctor assisted plan in which I plateaued on.
HH: Your doctor had you on a diet plan? Tell us about that.
I noticed, about a year ago, that my weight just started ballooning. I've always been the type to eat whatever it was I wanted and not see any consequences, (I'm a good Italian boy so I ate ALOT of pasta, chicken parm, meat balls, sausage... etc.) so this worried me.
When I went to the doctor, I was diagnosed with diabetes and opted to get it under control with nutrition before I tried medication.
HH: Was your doctor supportive of a holistic approach?
Yes. Dr. Hugo Rodier placed me on a 6 week nutrition plan. Weeks 1-2, I could only eat chicken, fish, nuts and vegetables, and could only drink green tea and water. Weeks 2-4 I could start adding fruit to my diet. Weeks 4-6 I added legumes and after week 6 I could add whole grain breads.
HH: Did this plan help improve your health?
At 10 weeks I was down about 35 lbs, but I had plateaued.
HH: So what brought you to HH and the Balanced Nutrition e-course?
One night, while I was watching Whale Wars (Paul Watson is a hero of mine) I came across your Happy Herbivore website through your facebook page, and decided to take your course. I basically substituted my chicken and fish intake with tofu. (The course promotes a wholesome plant-based diet).
HH: Had you ever considered going vegan or vegetarian before?
I always wanted to stop eating meat, but as weird as it sounds, I truly believe that I was addicted to it.
HH: Did you find it easy to swap tofu for chicken and fish? Did you eat other meats previously?
I ate beef and pork prior to being diagnosed with diabetes, and switched to solely chicken and fish through a recomendation from my doctor. The first few days when anyone changes their diet... I think is going to be rough. Sticking with it is the best thing you can do because the long term benifits vastly outweigh the lack of immediate gratification you crave for the first week or two.
There are times when I miss sushi; however, I know that will pass because I don't even crave beef or pork anymore. I can honestly say that the thought of eating beef or pork disgusts me.
HH: Did you have any other motivations for going plant-based?
I figured that: (A). Since I already made a drastic change in my diet, and (B). Since I work for Adobe, a company that really cares about the environment to the point where it's corporate office is entirely powered off of green energy; it only made sense for me to kick the meat habit.
HH: What was your experience on the plan? Did the weight come right off?
In about a month and half I dropped an additional 25 lbs. It was like my body was saying "thank you" for kicking the habit of eating animals.
HH: Are you still following the plan?
Yes. It really has been a complete lifestyle change and I have no intention of going back. As Ari Gold once said - "I WANT TO LIIIIIVE!!!!"
HH: So your diet is 100% plant-based now?
Entirely. In addition to that I'll only eat organic.
HH: In addition to shedding a total of 60lbs, have you noticed any other benefits?
YES! The biggest thing I've noticed is a change in my overall well being... meaning... I'm a lot happier. Some people will try to attribute that to being vain, but it's more than that. When you have more energy you actually start to appreciate the things in life alot more, instead of just shrugging off opportunities due to the fact that you don't "feel like doing anything."
HH: What role has your environmental activism played in all of this?
I think a more accurate statement would be that I've always been a fair weather environmentalist. I wasn't really hard core about it until I was diagnosed with diabetes and saw first hand how the collective attitude of not caring about the environment manifests itself into creating poisonous consequenses such as the creation of refined sugars and the callous disregard in which we treat the fellow inhabitants of this planet.
HH: Anything else you'd like to share?
I just wanted to personally thank you for assembeling all the information that you did. It really did help me and I hope that you can use this interview to help more people!
Aww.. Thanks Philip! And Thank you for such a great, inspiring interview!