I have many reasons for wanting to change my diet. Over the last 5 months a lot of things in my life have changed. My Mom passed away on January 7, 2018. She was 80 years old with many health issues. She was extremely overweight, she had asthma, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, hypothyroidism, arthritis, and she had breast cancer at 76. I believe that all of these diseases could have been prevented if she had changed her diet. She ate the Standard American Diet for 60 years. When she was growing up on the farm she ate organically, but as she married and started having children her diet changed. She ate what the grocery store sold and in the 1960’s and 1970’s she started gaining weight. This continued all the way through to when she reached 80. My Mom was on a tight budget so she skimped on the quality of food. That habit continued on for decades. When my Mom passed she was on so much medication that I lost track of all she had to take to continue living.
Another change in my life is that my 82 year old father came to live with my family and I after my Mom passed. He has serious kidney disease with dementia. At this point his kidney disease is stable, but his mental state varies often. He has recently been diagnosed with sundowning. This means that when the sun is setting, he gets more confused, gets more wobbly on his feet and makes up stories. I believe that the changes in his brain are due to not getting enough glucose from what he has been eating.
Reading Dr. Gundry’s book: The Plant Paradox, has enlightened me on how to eat better so that I don’t have to burden my children with the same diseases that my parents had to go through and are continuing to go through. So much research has been done so that my generation and my children and grandchildren can lead lives without disease.