Saturday evening …Thanksgiving Weekend 2011
My husband, Jim, came out of the woods. It had been a warm, rainy day with no wildlife moving. While sitting in his deer stand, he had read a book recommended to him by local surgeon, Dr. Robert J. Weedn. Preventing and Reversing Heart Disease by Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr. outlines a nutritional plan which has been scientifically proven to lower cholesterol, drop extra weight, prevent and even reverse heart disease.
Jim is an old school family practicioner (with a largely rural patient population) who still delivers babies and performs some surgery. As he related to me a brief overview of the book, he said he felt many of his patients could benefit from the diet, but that he couldn’t recommend it without first living it. He would begin Monday morning and continue until Christmas Eve. I was mildly suprised and considered the proposition for about two minutes before I voluteered to go through it with him.
My man is deeply thoughtful, very logical and practical. One close friend informed Jim his personality was that of Roman Numerals (guess who he called Bubbles).
He is never given to grandiose plans or statements. But his next declaration floored me…
“I want my patients to lose 10,000 pounds. And I want Stephens County to lose 100,000 pounds.”
Since that day, Jim has dropped 25 pounds and lowered his cholesterol 95 points. The cholesterol medication he used to take sits in the cupboard… unused and no longer necessary. My own cholesterol was never too high, but this new eating plan has brought me to the point of my hdl (happy cholesterol) being higher than my ldl (lousy cholesterol) and I am within 2.5 pounds of my pre-pregnancy weight of 112.
Our hospital CEO, Board of Directors, and Chef, plus several other local physicians are supporting the effort. Many of these leaders have even taken on this new lifestyle. Our small town is experiencing the beginings of a small revolution. Jim has ordered and reordered copies of the book to supply them for his patients. Friends and patients are participating and taking back their health.
Step into our kitchen, sit down at our table. Join in the conversation and see what’s cooking!