I’ve had a total of 11 cardiac events in my life. I literally was on the cusp of death. I changed to a plant-based diet through the Eat to Thrive method and I’ve seen astounding results. I haven’t had a heart attack in 3 years and Im trying to make sure more people can live as healthily as I am and I want them to play golf with me four times a week.
I have been living with Type II diabetes since I served in the Navy. Then I was blindsided with polycystic ovarian syndrome. I decided to change my diet to plant-based live food. I lost 30 pounds and my energy level and outlook have completely changed. My general health is monumentally improved and I am so grateful for the Eat to Thrive program.
I interned with Betsy as part of the Eat to Thrive program and the Real Kids Real Food program in the summer of 2019. I learned so much about how to eat a healthy vegan diet. It is easy to just cut out the meat, dairy, and processed foods, but to learn what you should add to your diet is not something you hear much about.
In Eat to Thrive, I enjoyed all of the guest speakers who covered topics ranging from detox to meditation, to qigong, and the lymphatic system. The class creates a great community of like-minded people who are looking to make a health change together. Each week people demonstrate raw vegan recipes to show the wide range of cuisines available to people who are just starting this lifestyle change. All of the recipes come from Betsy’s numerous books or from students’ research. Everything is shared with the class, to ensure that you have the tools necessary to make the switch to this diet.
I assisted with Real Kids Real Food and got to use my new knowledge to teach the next generation how to live a healthy life. With the kids, we talked about how to incorporate more vegetables and fruits into your diet. Just like the adults, the kids love getting to prepare food in class each week and sample their creations. It was such much fun to share new ingredients and recipes with the kids and see how much they enjoyed them. The Real Kids Real Food curriculum incorporates movement into each class. With kids, it is so key to show them not only how to eat healthy, but also how to support their diet with exercise.
I know that I am eating more raw vegan meals and thinking about what to add to my diet to improve it at each meal. I know that the kids in Real Kids Real Food will be doing that as well.
ROSE SANTOS SHARES HOW HER DAUGHTER’S LIFE WAS TRANSFORMED THROUGH A PLANT-BASED DIET
My 16-year-old daughter, Raquel, was always the most high energy, happiest, and self-confident among of all of her friends.
But, then, all of a sudden, things started changing. Her school nurse sent me a letter saying that my daughter needs special one on one attention. Yes, I couldn’t believe my ears that Raquel was being labeled as having ‘Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder”. The school nurse immediately put my daughter on medications. As, as you can imagine my life went upside down. It was devastating news to my husband and me, as well as to Raquel. Her classmates and kids at school started to label her as “special needs”. It was sad watching my daughter deal with all this at such a young age.
More hurtful was watching Raquel take the meds and have the most horrible side effects from them. As time went by, the medications’ side effects were showing up in her behavior as sadness, sleepiness, loneliness, and moodiness. For 7 years Raquel was medicated until one day when I met a wonderful Functional Medicine doctor who had Raquel’s blood tested. The blood tests showed that she was having a disequilibrium of her hormones that could affect her forever. So, one day a friend who is a certified Eat to Thrive Health Educator and now is a “Holistic Nutrition Coach, advised me to introduce my daughter to plant-based supplements and a gluten-free diet, as well as fresh organic foods. These not only corrected her mineral deficiencies, but also her mental acuity. I took that advice with all my heart because I did not want Raquel to suffer anymore.
After a year on an organic plant-based diet, Raquel no longer needed the medications and stopped taking them.
Shortly after that, Raquel’s teacher sent me a letter requesting that I attend a meeting with her at school. My heart was pumping with anxiety. A thousand thoughts came to my mind. What could it be this time? Was Raquel needing to take meds again? To my surprise, it was the most wonderful news that I had since her birth. The teacher wanted to know what I was doing differently with my daughter. The teacher told me that for the first time, Raquel scored 100 on her tests! And from that day she has always scored 100. She is now is a happy teenager. I am thankful to have good people in this world that opened my eyes regarding my daughter’s health. Thanks to healthy food, Raquel is now off all medications and has a beautiful future ahead!