Our Most Shared Success Stories of 2023

There’s no shortage of scientific research describing the benefits of whole-food, plant-based diets, but there’s something even more compelling about hearing directly from people who have practiced this knowledge. That’s probably why success stories – accounts from people who changed their diets and changed their lives – are consistently among the most popular posts on our website.

To offer inspiration as we head into 2024, we’ve rounded up the 10 most shared success stories of the past year. Read on for inspiring testimonials written by people who have lost weight, reversed diabetes and heart disease, and experienced other remarkable health changes after adopting a whole-food, plant-based diet.

In 2019, Kim Jarchow adopted a low-carb, high-protein diet in an effort to lose weight and manage Type 2 diabetes. But instead he raises his cholesterol. My doctor wants to put me on a statin for cholesterol and metformin for diabetes. I knew there had to be a better way, Jarchow wrote. She discovered the WFPB lifestyle and decided to give it a try. In just five weeks, my total cholesterol dropped 60 points. Within six months it was down to 184, and my A1C dropped from 7.1 to 5.9, all without medication. Read more.

Mary McCoy was a vegan who thought she was in good health. But after an annual physical in 2021 revealed he had high cholesterol and prediabetes, he was forced to rethink things. After that, I cut out all oil, and started learning more about whole-food, plant-based cooking, McCoy writes. That summer Id lost 30 pounds! Read more.

Never a fan of vegetables, Ardis Coffman was not happy in 2018 when her daughter started preparing whole-food, plant-based dinners for them. But after Coffman, who has suffered from Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure for decades, began seeing improvements in his blood sugar within two months of the WFPB dinner routine, he began incorporating WFPB breakfasts and lunches, and also reaped huge benefits. Now I’m 85 and in better health than I was 45, Coffman writes. Read more.

Wendy Swigers’ doctor was willing to prescribe drugs to manage her cholesterol and prediabetes, but Swiger, who was already on blood pressure medication, was hoping to find another way. That’s when he jumped on a WFPB diet. A month after starting this way of eating, I had my annual checkup, Swiger wrote. My doctor was surprised, said Id had the biggest drop in LDL cholesterol he had seen in his career that was not due to medication. Within that first month, her blood pressure normalized, and she was no longer prediabetic. And that’s just the beginning. Read more.

In 2017, an angiogram showed a 100% blockage in Armando Alvarez’s right coronary artery. Not a candidate for bypass surgery or stents, he decided to try changing his diet, first becoming vegetarian, then vegan and, eventually, whole-food, plant-based. Soon, the angina I had been dealing with for 10 months finally stopped, Alvarez wrote. Read more.

When 39-year-old Kimberly Eallonardo was diagnosed with kidney disease and told she’d need a transplant in six months, she was determined to do everything she could to get her kidneys back. to health. That’s when a neighbor tipped her off to the benefits of a whole-food, plant-based diet. He was immediately ready to try it. For me, it is a matter of life and death, he wrote. Within six weeks of going WFPB, I experienced what my nephrologist calls spontaneous remission. Some would call it a miraculous recovery. Read more.

Julie Tomlinson has struggled with obesity for most of her adult life. He and his wife thought they had tried every diet to lose weight, but then they ended up with Forks Over Knives Documentary and decided to become vegan. After a year without animal products, each lost 100 pounds, Tomlinson wrote. He and his wife switched to a WFPB diet and experienced more benefits. Read more.

Years of yo-yo dieting left Shaun Hayes desperate for lasting change and struggling with various health conditions, including high blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar; arthritis; and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). In 2017, she started working with a health coach, who advised her to use a WFPB diet. Over the next three years, he lost 100 pounds; brought his cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure down to healthy levels; and eliminated all symptoms of PCOS. Following a WFPB diet has significantly improved my overall quality of life, she wrote. Read more.

Before discovering the WFPB way of eating, Yolanda and Jim Breidenbaugh both suffered from heart disease. Jim underwent quadruple bypass surgery, and Yolanda has very high cholesterol. After watching Forks Over Knives and reading The Starch Solution, they became convinced that going WFPB was the right move for their heart health. We found ourselves reaping some health benefits within months, writes Yolanda. We both had more energy, and my cholesterol dropped to 147. Read more.

After learning that he had prostate cancer, Michael Andrus struggled with feelings of anxiety and hopelessness. Things felt out of my control, which was a hard reality to face, Andrus wrote. Then his cousin recommended that he read How Not to Die by Michael Greger, MD This was the beginning of a huge change in my life. Read more.

To learn more about a whole-food, plant-based diet, visit our Plant-Based Primer. For meal planning support, check out the Forks Meal Planner, FOK’s easy weekly meal planning tool to keep you on a healthy, plant-based path.

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