I am Mitchell Stephenson, and this is the story of my journey into a plant based lifestyle.
I love the outdoors. I went fishing one day and had to tote a boat through some pine trees to get to a pond. The next day I noticed I had a tick on me, after a closer look and I had three ticks. My wife removed them, but was afraid that part of them may still be embedded, so I went to doctor next day to get checked out. The doctor removed what she could not get and did a blood test.
We waited for the results. The doctor came back in and told me that I was at risk of heart attack because of cholesterol levels and blood pressure and I was almost 300 lbs. He said he was going to prescribe blood pressure and cholesterol medicine for me. I said “no” I was not going to take medicine because I had seen the bad affects it has on you. He then talked about diets and plate sizes which I knew would not work.
My wife asked was there any other option. He said “Yes, but it is a little extreme,” then wrote down the name of a book to read: How to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease. We went straight from doctor’s office to book store and bought the book and started reading it on the way home. My wife said, “no meat, no seafood, no sugar or oil, this is not us.” I said, “for 65 years I have eaten anything I wanted to but now I know that if I want to keep being active I have to do different.” She said we could try it if I wanted to. I said “no, to try is to fail,” we would do it 100 percent or not at all. We went home and she cleaned out the cabinets and I cleaned out the refrigerator and freezer. I made a lot of friends happy giving away all the deer and fish that were already cleaned that I had in the freezer.
I had worried for a long time that I would become a burden to my wife Joan if anything happened to me and I knew it was going to if something didn’t change. A few days in and I knew that this was the change we needed.
In less than 30 days my blood pressure and cholesterol were back to normal levels, taking no medicine. Life is much better for us now. I can get up at 5 AM and go all day and sometimes till 9 or 10 PM. Since I was a teenager I have suffered with migraines, as an adult I would get bronchitis a couple times each year that would put me out of commission for weeks at a time. I suffered with gout, arthritis, sinus issues daily, heartburn, and indigestion, to the point of having large bottles of tums in every vehicle and no more than an arms length away at all times. Since going to plant based, I have not been sick “at all” for over two years. Works for me.