A Story about My Father

A Story about My Father

I have a great story for you. This post will be long but I promise it’s very encouraging!

My father is 83 and my mother is 80. They have always eaten lots of veggies, fruits, but not plant based. I had been encouraging them to drop more of the animal products in the past year, which they had, except continued with daily cream in coffee, butter, and eggs.
Early August, My father had a few incidents that turned out to be TIA’s (mini strokes) because an artery going into his brain stem was 75% blocked.

The doctors wanted to put him on statins, and my father is already on a blood thinner. I was there talking to the 2 neurologists about a plant based diet and both of them told me 1) they aren’t shown to work 2) they are too dangerous with my father being on the blood thinner (you have to be ultra careful about foods rich in vitamin k), no sense arguing with the high and mighty docs, but I informed them that I am a Dietitian and know how to work with him.
We were told there is nothing we can do if he has a major stroke, so, I asked my father if he was willing to go fully plant based to hopefully clean up his arteries and he said he was. I stayed with my parents for 2 weeks to help them with this. I witnessed 8 more mini strokes that week, thinking he could die in my arms every single time. The rest of the family came to see him just in case it was his time.

He was tired and weak from all this stress to his poor brain, but slowly, day by day he started to get stronger. After that first week he did not have any more of the mini strokes. He slept a lot the following weeks but got up in between to walk around. Fast forward to the past 3 weeks. He has lost weight, he is walking about 3/4 mile, and his circulation in his lower legs have dramatically improved. I’m anxious to see what the neurologist has to say and I’d love to see if his cat scan reveals less blockage.
BTW, he stopped the statin after 4 days due to side effects.
I’ve had family members question me and doubted my efforts to help him. They didn’t think it was easily do-able or that it would make any difference at his age. They had fear of him needing more protein, letting him enjoy foods he likes, he’s old and it’s too late to do anything. I just sent them little video clips from Dr. Gregor.
My father is determined to fight this and he has done really well, yes, he’s has a few cheats, but he’s about 95% there.
I had one of my brothers call me after reading “How not to Die” for recipe ideas. That book made him think twice about eating so much animal protein and has changed his thinking. It’s encouraging to see the effects this has had in family members.

I just wanted to share this story because I believe his diet can give him more time with me and his family. I realize his time is getting closer, but I can see him living to be in his 90’s if he continues to follow this path. Also, my mother feels better and lost weight as well. Both of them have less pain in general. My family has stopped questioning my efforts and are definitely giving my parents the encouragement they need!

Healthy Kids Snacks for a Healthy Future

Healthy Kids Snacks for a Healthy Future

A great way to increase nutrition in school age children is by providing healthy snacks. Providing kids healthy snacks at a young age helps them to make healthier choices as they grow up and set them up for a healthy future. Here are some healthy snack ideas to improve nutrition and health in school age children. Keeping healthy snacks available in the house and not having easy access to processed food snacks is the best way to instill healthy eating behaviors in children for life. Do your kids and your self a favor by providing nutrition dense foods that will nourish young bodies and minds! Doing so will improve their immune system, helping them reduce frequency of colds by providing many important vitamins and minerals not found in processed foods.

Fruits: Fruits provide fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Fruits also help provide important fluids that help prevent dehydration.

Ideas: Pair a piece of fruit with a handful of nuts or seeds, or spread almond or peanut butter on an apple. Provides balanced carbohydrates, healthy fat, protein, and fiber for sustained focus and energy. Have frozen grapes handy for a frozen treat. Keep fresh fruit washed and available at all times so its easy to grab.

Vegetables: Vegetables are important for providing important vitamins and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, and vitamin A. Vegetables also provide important insoluble and soluble fiber.

Ideas:  Instead of just celery and carrots, why not slice red or yellow peppers, zucchini and cucumber spears, or broccoli and cauliflower?  Dip in hummus, salsa, or avocado dip for an easy and tasty way to squeeze in extra vegetables, fiber, and protein for a healthy diet

Whole grains: Whole grains consist of three parts: the germ, bran, and endosperm. Whole grains are important because they contain the original vitamins and minerals essential for children’s growing bodies. Whole grains also contain fiber, which is important for good digestion.

Ideas: Whole grain tortilla wrap with peanut butter and banana, Brown rice with beans, whole wheat pitas stuffed with avocado and fresh veggies. Cooked quinoa with sliced fruit and walnuts with a sprinkle of cinnamon will provide whole grains, fruit and nuts.

Beans and Legumes: Beans are a great source of soluble fiber and important nutrients children need. Beans and legumes are high in protein and provide fullness and energy.

Ideas: Vegetables dipped in hummus, whole grain tortilla wrap with hummus and spinach and shredded carrots. A fun snack that kids can help with making is roasted garbanzo beans sprinkled with sea salt and other seasonings for a crunchy, wholesome snack

Nuts and Seeds: nuts and seeds provide healthy fats, protein, fiber, and important nutrients for healthy growing children. Healthy fats, protein, and fiber assist children with sustained energy and focus.

Ideas: spread nut butter on celery sticks and sprinkle with raisins, a small handful of nuts with a piece of fruit, almond butter on a rice cake or apple slices.

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