Over the years, my dad has made several appearances on No Meat Athlete …
- In 2013, he was the guy having some success with Paleo, in Why Vegans and Paleos Should Stop Hating Each Other.
- Next, he was the one who never stopped making the “this dish would be good, if only you put a meatball in it” joke in 10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Went Vegan.
- And of course, when I wrote that Super Immunity was the book I wished my parents would read, he represented half of audience I hoped would get the message.
Well, he did. It took a few years and a heart-health scare, but he finally read that book — among many, many other books, talks, and interviews he’s consumed in these first few months of his plant-based journey.
And in just that short time, he has transformed his health.
Motivated by a laundry list of health issues, of which the heart scare was only the most recent, he hasn’t only gone plant-based … he’s been so thorough about eating healthy, micronutrient-rich food that he has motivated me to do better in my own diet. And his dietary changes have been led to the reversal of nearly all of his health issues, including the atrial fibrillation that first motivated the change.
More visibly than all of that, he has regained the energy levels I remember him having when I was a kid … and now my own kids get to benefit.
All of this is wonderful, and I’m endlessly thankful that he found this lifestyle and that it has worked so well. But it’s hard not to ask:
My dad has watched me and my family do this for almost eight years, with the blog, the book, the podcast … so why did it take so long for him to give this a try?
In this episode of No Meat Athlete Radio, my dad, co-host Doug, and I sit down for an interview to talk about why and how he made the change, and just as importantly, how a typical NMA Radio listener might motivate his or her own parents to give a plant-based diet a try.
Here’s what we talk about in this episode:
- The interview he listened to that sparked the change
- My dad’s daily routine: what he puts in his smoothie, and much more
- Small steps, or massive action?
- How an immersion event in Toronto helped him turn the corner
- His cardiologist’s reaction to his improvements
- How a trip to Italy actually brought back his old symptoms (and how they disappeared again when he resumed his healthy diet)
- Why did it take so long to get here?
- The books and movies he recommends to interested friends
- His advice for plant-based adults who can’t seem to reach their parents with this message
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Links from the show:
- Remedy Food Live Atlanta (Happening November 11-13, and I’ll be speaking again! Use code NOMEATATHLETE to save 20% off a weekend pass)
- Remedy Food Live Virtual Event (watch the talks, without the travel!)
- Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman
- Super Immunity by Dr. Joel Fuhrman
- Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn
- Forks Over Knives
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