So, my husband and myself are both 31 years old. I am a housewife and we have 2 amazing children ages 12 and 8. My husband will be medically retired from the United States Marine Corps on 30December2011 (Oohrah!) because of several medical ailments.
Last week we watched the documentary Forks Over Knives (The day AFTER grocery shopping... LOL) and it changed our lives.
My husband was always a fit and trim kinda guy, exercised 3-5 days a week, at 5'9 he was a slender 185 pounds. Then he was injured and the blood clots started. They put him on a high dose Coumadin and supplemented with Lovenox for the first couple of months. We went on a vacation to go see my parents and he developed another clot. Because of that, they have told him that he will have to be on blood thinners for the rest of his life. He is currently taking 15mg of Coumadin daily.
Because of the clots, the MC has told him that he is not allowed to do any high impact activities, nor is he allowed to stand for more than 10 minutes or sit for more than an hour. This has caused a rather rapid weight gain. He is now almost 270 pounds and the vibrant, healthy, high energy, fun loving man that I once knew now sleeps anywhere from 10-20 hours a day, would rather sit on the couch and shovel food in his mouth and watch a movie than go to the beach with his wife and kids, and hates to leave the house for anything.
Last year he was diagnosed with high blood pressure and takes medication for that.
He also has sleep apnea, which I'm sure is mostly caused by the large amount of weight that he has gained.
Along with all of this he has Traumatic Brain Injury and that makes life very difficult.
I'm hoping that by changing our life to almost 100% plant based whole foods that we will be able to reverse the cycle of diseases that are ravishing his body and prevent him from developing diabetes, which is what ultimately claimed his fathers life, and will more than likely claim the lives of all of his siblings (they all are diabetic). I would also like to prevent my family history from happening to myself and our children (cardiovascular disease runs on both sides ranging from uncontrolled blood pressure to congestive heart failure!).
I would love to say that we can commit to being 100% vegitarian, but I'm trying to be more realistic about what I know will happen! I know that every once in a while we are going to throw in a meal of meat, or have a small amount of meat in a meal. (I'm just trying to be honest!
Eventually we want to have our very own farmette and be close to self sustaining in the food department.
My one big question is what about goats milk? Does it contain the same carcinogenic properties as cows milk? I do know that it mimics human milk more closely than does cows milk. I have always loved the taste of goats milk, but I REALLY love some milk!