It was tough growing up as a heavy kid. Picture this: an 8-year-old boy unable to play on the same team as his friends because he’s too heavy for his age group. Instead, he’s asked to play with the 10-year-old team because the weight requirement is higher. Growing up, I was teased and bullied due to my weight. And over time, I turned into an overweight teen, adult, husband, and father. I felt stuck in this fat body and destined to breathe heavily and be made fun of for life. Fast forward to December 2017, when I was debating stomach surgery and had a consultation with a bariatric surgeon. My fingers were numb and I was wearing 3XL shirts and size 46 pants. I was also diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at that time. That’s when my mom introduced me to Dr. Neal Barnard and his plant-based diet, and how it has helped type 2 diabetics. I began studying his teachings and started following his blog to learn more. But it was about three months later, in March 2018, when I had a near diabetic coma episode with blood sugar in the 500s when I finally made up my mind that I could do this.
I was also diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at that time. That’s when my mom introduced me to Dr. Neal Barnard and his plant-based diet, and how it has helped type 2 diabetics.
At first, I just Googled recipes endlessly. Then I joined all the plant-based Facebook groups I could find and quietly observed others and their successes. I started a fitness program and changed it. I kept trying new programs and gyms. Today, I’m training for my first triathlon. I’m down over 160 pounds, reversed type 2 diabetes and sleep apnea, and am working on my own plant-based meal prep/catering business.
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