Q Restaurant OwnerLost 148 lbs. Reversed_ Pre-Diabetes, Hypertension, High Cholesterol, Sleep Apnea, Severe Edema. Off ALL Medications~ Jeff’s Story:

In 2011, I took over a small restaurant in my town and shortly after, we turned it into a BBQ joint.  Over the course of 5 years, I gained almost 150lbs. / 68kg.  I weighed 348 lbs. / 158kg.  I also developed severe joint pain and was taking 21 (4,200mg) ibuprofen daily. I had horrible sleep apnea, and eventually was pre-diabetic, had high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.

In 2016, I developed severe edema.  My hands, feet and legs were always swollen.  I saw my doctor many times and the answer was always to throw pills at me.  I was prescribed an anti-inflammatory, a pain killer, and a muscle relaxer.  They seemed to help a little, but never fixed the issues and the edema persisted.  I even had a deep vein thrombosis scan and a couple of EKG’s.  I was never once talked to about my diet!  Even being a fat guy.

Edema in my foot and ankle 9.23.16:

fat edema leg 9.23.16

In September 2016, I began having severe gastrointestinal pain. On October 3rd, 2016 I was hospitalized for it.  They ran many tests, gave me NO answers, did not address my diet, and prescribed MORE medications.  Upon release from the hospital, I had a conversation with my 68 year old extremely healthy, mostly plant based mom.  Her words to me were “Don’t fill those prescriptions, FOOD IS MEDICINE!  Do the research!”.  So I did! I was unable to work and am an avid research junkie so I poured through the internet and medical journals for an anti-inflammatory diet.

Beginning Oct 5th, 2016 I stopped eating beef, pork, and chicken, and limited my dairy consumption to less than half of what I was eating, and stopped drinking soda.  I included turmeric into my diet and started hydrating with lemon and lime in my water.  I also limited my refined carbohydrate intake.  In a little over 2 weeks, my edema was gone and my blood pressure stabilized into the normal range.  In 100 days, I lost 80lbs. / 36kg!!

In February 2017, I watched the documentary ‘Forks Over Knives’ and immediately stopped consuming cheese due to the Casein, Casomorphins, and IGF-1 in dairy (More info on that in my post “Giving Up Cheese & Going Vegan“).  Within 3 weeks of ditching dairy, my lifelong struggle of daily anxiety magically disappeared.  As I continued to research, I then gave up eggs and fish realizing that I had no need for this protein source in my diet, nor did I need the additional cholesterol.  I have now been plant based for 1 year.

In November 2017, I had blood work done and everything is exceptional!  I am currently at 200 lbs. / 90.7kg in 16 months. That is a 148lb. / 67kg weight loss!!!

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48lb. BBQ restaurant owner