Updated December 15, 2016
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Josh – Before and After
After Halloween 2015, I stepped on the scale and hit 310 lbs. I had always struggled with my weight, and once I left the military, I completely gave up. I used to tell everyone that I get to be “overweight and happy” now that I don’t need to worry about my weight! I ate whatever I wanted to, and quickly packed on what would end up being 100lbs. I tried many fad diets, and had officially given up. I was tired of being hungry all the time, and exercise hurt when I tried. Being overweight and happy quickly turned in to being overweight and “sick”.
Last November, I had the opportunity to participate in the CenturyLink employee health immersion program with Dr. McDougall in Santa Rosa, California. When I first received the invitation to the program, I had no interest in going. After all, there was no way this Nebraska boy was going to go without eating meat. After having a serious conversation with my wife about the opportunity; I decided it was worth a shot. If nothing else, I could come home with some ideas about how to live a healthier life. To be honest, I took it as a challenge to not eat meat or dairy for a week to see how it would go.
My initial goal was to complete 30 days on a whole food plant based diet, and to give it a fair chance. I went to the program with an open mind to new ideas, and came home with a plan! 30 days turned to 60, and I quickly found myself down forty pounds without being hungry. My new found energy level had me exercising because I wanted to, and not because I thought I needed to.
In the last year, I have completely adopted a whole food plant based diet. I have officially lost 105lbs; and my total Cholesterol has stayed under 120. My blood sugar and blood pressure are normal, and I have not had a single incident of heartburn or indigestion. I have been able to pack away my CPAP machine for good, and have not been sick at all!
I am truly thankful that CenturyLink provided me the opportunity to go to this program. I am truly grateful of Dr. McDougall, his staff, and the many friends I have made to help provide support and encouragement over the past year. This program has changed my life in so many ways, and I wish everyone else the best of health along this journey. Dr. McDougall has always said “It’s the food”…..This Corn-Fed Nebraska boy would have to agree.