Very little sleep last night as I had to go out on a nursing call in the middle of the night, so I didn’t accomplish much beyond my physical therapy, a vet appointment for the animals, and an eye appt since I am so clumsy that my glasses are scratched to the point where I felt like I was getting cataracts! It will be great to have clear lens in a couple of weeks.
Since I was tired this afternoon, it was a good time to slow down and finally touch base with someone I have wanted to speak with for some time, Paul Chatlin. He founded the Plant based Nutrition Support group (PBN) in SE Michigan after his cardiologist gave him the option of speaking to Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn for nutritional treatment of his heart disease instead of coronary artery bypass as he was on the stretcher on the way to the OR. He has improved his heart disease, has no further chest pains, has lost weight and exercises vigorously and regularly. In gratitude for the chance he was given to avoid high risk surgery and instead change his lifestyle, Paul started a group to educate others. Through word of mouth and an interview about his story that was published in a local newspaper, the group has grown to over 400 members and Paul spends many hours a week organizing events for the group and educating others about how to transform their lives through what he calls “plant pure” nutrition. I hope some day to visit his group and he has enjoyed following the exploits of our Engine 2 group in Northeast PA. We both agreed it is going to take some major events to make sweeping changes in the nutrition and health of the citizens of our country, but also agreed that the ripples of change that are flowing from the efforts of those who are sharing their passion about lifestyle medicine are beginning to make a difference. You can check out his site and the exciting things they are doing in their corner of the world at: http://www.plantbasednutritionsupportgroup.org/blog/
I am forever grateful for all of you that are on this journey with me in this exciting and life changing movement!
Breakfast- Oats with blueberries, banana, raisins, shredded wheat, and grape nuts
Lunch- Whole wheat penne pasta and home made tomato and veggie sauce with nutritional yeast and leftover salad
Supper- Mexican at La Tonalteca. They gave me plain corn tortillas instead of fried corn chips to have with my salsa, grilled the veggies for my veggie burrito, and I substituted corn tortillas for the flour tortilla and had extra rice instead of the refried beans which had oil. They are very accommodating but always surprised and confused when we ask for no sour cream or cheese in our dishes!