“My cholesterol was a frightening 370.” – Peggy

When my cholesterol hit 370, I knew I had to take my health into my own hands. Strokes run in my family and I simply didn’t want to go there. So, I eliminated meat from my diet. My cholesterol dropped 50 points but I still had farther to go.

The desire to be a better global citizen was also becoming important to me. Over the last few years, I read about the protein we eat in the U.S. and how it effects the environment and our health.

I had been moving toward veganism for some time but these two drivers really pushed me to take the leap but I needed a better understanding of cooking and nutrition to bolster my move. SCNM President and CEO, Dr. Paul Mittman, told me about the plant-based nutrition course he developed for SCNM. It was exactly what I was looking for!

The six-week course was thoroughly enjoyable. Sessions were a combination of potlucks, presentations and group discussions. Reading food labels, the relationship between disease and diet, food addictions, and much more was covered. Making the move to a plant-based diet was so much easier to do with 30 other like-minded individuals. The potlucks and recipe sharing showed me the delicious and rich variety of meals I could eat. This wasn’t magic, it was quite simple!

After six weeks, my cholesterol dropped another 16 points, my LDL went down and HDL went up, my triglycerides dropped and I lost 5 pounds. Adhering to the diet has been easy and I’m learning to be disciplined when I go out to eat. Most restaurants have vegetarian options and those meals can easily be made vegan.

“Nourishing” is nurturing the body through nutrition. Now when I eat, I feel like I’m nourishing my body as well as my mind.

Schedule an appointment with the SCNM Medical Center online or by calling 480.428.3232 and start your child's journey to better health today!