Plant-Based Transformation: From Grill Master to Plant Strong
By David Isaacsen
Welcome to Plant-Based Dave! Our latest blog series, chronicling the (plant-based) Vermont adventures of MamaSezz plant manager and New England delivery driver, David, AKA "Plant-Based Dave."
I never thought I'd be a champion for a whole food, plant-based diet, let alone sharing my plant-based transformation story online. I’m a Vermonter through and through. A country boy. (For most of my life) a meat and potatoes type of guy. A meal just wasn’t complete unless meat (and plenty of it) was on the plate. For me, meat, eggs, and dairy made you stronger. Vegans? They were protein-deficient weaklings. No rabbit food for me. Pass the bacon and eggs, thank you very much.
Me before WFPB
Fast forward to a few years ago, when I was diagnosed with a rare form of epilepsy. I was closely monitored by doctors here in Vermont and in Boston. I was prescribed to several medications but despite taking those daily, I was still getting knocked down by seizures regularly. Bad ones, too. Sometimes they left me down and out for 2-3 days at a time, unable to work, unable to do much really. As someone who’s prided themselves on their strength (both physical and mental), this was far from ideal.
"Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” - George Barnard Shaw
In the spring of 2016, I took a job at MamaSezz. As you would imagine working for a plant-based meal delivery service, I kept hearing and reading about the health benefits of a whole food, plant-based diet: weight loss, prevention or even reversal of heart disease, diabetes, hypertension. Naturally, I was curious. Not entirely convinced of the "magic of plants," I figured I’d at least give it a try for a month. I had nothing to lose after all, except maybe my bacon and eggs.
It didn't take long for me to see a plant-based transformation. In the first month and a half, I lost 35 pounds. Today, I’m down 55 total. I bike all the time. And not to brag (Ok, maybe I’m bragging a little) but I can now do 100 pushups every morning, too.
Me (after changing to WFPB foods) running a 5k with my grandson in May
I’m in the best shape I’ve been in in years and I eat plants for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Even better, my epilepsy is finally under control. I have fewer, milder seizures, and after talking with my doctors, I’ve been able to get off my anti-seizure medication entirely. Turns out, vegans aren’t so weak after all - not according to this country boy.
Do I miss meat? Nope. I’ll stick with being plant strong for now.
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