Updated: Apr 11, 2021
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My journey started many years ago. I started having gastric issues back in the 1990’s. I was put on several acid reducing medications. None of them ever really worked for me but I continued taking it. My gastroenterologist sent me to a nutritionist who basically told me to stay away from foods that take a long time to digest. She also suggested drinking smoothies. This helped for a while but eventually the gastric issues returned. Several years into this, I had a stomach scope which showed that I had Barrett’s esophagus. I was told that it was incurable. I also had testing done that showed I had gastroparesis which meant that it took my stomach a very long time to digest food longer than what it should by several hours. At this time I just decided to deal with my diagnosis and eat as best I could and try to avoid foods that hurt my stomach.
In 2018, my doctor suggested I see another specialist for my stomach and encouraged me to get a gastric pacer implanted to help my stomach digest food. I had an appointment with this new specialist in December of 2018. In the mean time I had seen Dr. Jamis about my cholesterol. It was elevated and she was concerned about heart disease and suggested I go on a Whole foods plant based diet. I was scared about heart disease so the next day I went cold turkey and embraced whole food plant based diet. This was November 1, 2018. Also I weighed 180 and I am 5’6” tall. Another thing I was dealing too at the time was my allergy. I had to take several allergy pills and inhalers for my asthma. I was in bad shape over all, but just kept accepting that’s how I was going to be.
Going whole food plant based was difficult in the beginning, but by December 1st I started to feel better and was losing weight. I didn't exercise. In fact, I was eating all day long. Prior to my scheduled appointment with the gastric specialist, I had another scope of my stomach done. It showed that my Barrett’s esophagus was completely gone. The doctor was amazed and asked me what I had been doing. I told him about going whole food plant based. He said keep doing it. Just two days before my appointment I realized I was no longer having digestive issues and cancelled the appointment. By January Dr. Jamis rechecked my cholesterol and it had dropped significantly. I had lost over 20 lbs and was feeling great. Here I am now almost a year into being whole food plant based and I’m down 44 lbs. I am completely healed of my gastric and allergy issues. What seemed bleak a year ago is now a miracle! I could have just gone on another medication for the cholesterol, but didn’t want to take anymore medications. I now take no medications for my stomach, asthma and allergy and I am feeling great. Eating whole food plant based saved my health and kept me from having to get a gastric pacer implanted. I will be whole food plant based for the rest of my life.