Chapters 1&2 – Forks Over Knives Plan

Chapters 1&2 basically are giving an introduction to why the authors came up with the Forks Over Knives cookbooks, meal plans, and such.  Each of them are in the medical field to some extent; some being experienced MD’s who were disgruntled by feeling that they were treating the patient’s symptoms with medications but not the underlying problems.  They gave many examples of how medications can lower the patient’s blood pressure but it is not curing the underlying problem which was clogged arteries.  Statins may help disintegrate clots but that person is still at risk for forming more clots….and so on.  They strongly believe that if we eat clean, whole foods and avoid certain other foods like animal fats and certain oils, we are preventing ourselves from many different diseases such as diabetes, coronary artery disease, cancers, bowel conditions, and much more.  Patients that have implemented the Forks Over Knives Plan into their dietary habits “were not only losing weight but were getting rid of their medications as they reversed their heart disease, cured their diabetes, and reduced their blood pressure and cholesterol” (Forks Over Knives Plan, p.8).

We are often told that genetics cause us to be more at risk to certain diseases and ailments.  And this is true!  But what is also true is that our parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and so on probably ate the same types of foods thus predisposing us to these diseases.  These authors strongly believe that if you change the way you eat, you can change your destiny.  It’s amazing to think that we can change our destiny just with the types of foods that we eat!

I’m so excited!  I can’t wait to learn more and hopefully will be able to adopt this way of eating and living!
Cheers!
-Sarah

A little about me

My name is Sarah Peers and I’m an RN at a large medical center here in Rochester, NY.  I work on a cardiac unit that specializes in all stages of CHF and cardiomyopathy (pacemakers, medical management, Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVADs), Total Heart replacement pumps (TAH’s), and heart transplant.  Seeing my patients in these situations and knowing what diseases I am at risk of inheriting from my family (Type 1&2 Diabetes, CHF, high cholesterol, heart attacks, low thyroid), has brought me to where I am now in life.  I want to be healthier so that I can prevent myself and my children from inheriting these conditions.  So on my journey I have lost 40lbs over the past 4.5 years by eating more clean and exercising at least three or more times a week for 30mins.  That doesn’t sound hard right?  Well as we all know…It’s easier said than done!  There are so many days that I just want to stay in bed, especially on those cold frigid days in the winter!

I started out on my journey by working out 5 days at the gym and just portion controlling.  I really, really wanted to lose the weight I had put on after my babies!  Aidan is 7 and McKenzie is 4.  I knew that I was done having children and I wanted to show them a good example of what healthy is without getting into the discussion of being “too fat” or “too skinny”.  I want them to have a well-rounded view of what it means to be healthy especially in this day and age where obesity is an epidemic.  After I had lost a considerable amount of weight (about 5 months later), I decreased the amount of time I worked out down to three days a week which was much easier to juggle.  I also started working out with Beachbody’s Focus T25.  With that program and the help of a friend coaching me, I was able to shed the rest of the weight and I learned to eat cleaner foods, using more fruits, and vegetables.  This has encouraged me to look more into what it means to truly eat clean, whole foods.  I strongly believe that we can eat cleaner without spending a ton on our groceries therefore changing our outcome thus preventing complications such as high blood pressure, Diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, and even some cancers..

So I purchased The Forks over Knives Plan: A 4 week Meal-by-Meal Makeover off of Amazon for $10!  For the next four weeks, I will log my journey of thoughts, concerns, etc with you all….and maybe some recipes too!  So stay tuned!  It’s going to be fun!