Tuesday, November 15, 2011

So super cool!


It's not every day you get to meet one of your personal heroes in person!  Holy cow!  On our final meeting (graduation so to speak) of the 28 day challenge Rip Esselstyn himself came to speak, sign books and visit.  He was so inspirational, informative and gracious.  He took time speak with everyone one on one, took his time and listened.  There were even a few children there getting their books signed.  Very cute.

What a cool guy.  I'm still smiling.
Here Rip is speaking for the crowd.  I had seen his lectures before on television, but it was something else to hear and see him in person.  He was also very funny.
Another fella from the Forks Over Knives movie was present.  Joey Aucoin lives in Tampa and was featured in the movie.  Two years ago, he was a size 38, was on several medications for diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and was also taking shots and had to take Pepcid for his stomach.  He is now a size 33 and hasn't touched a signal bottle of medication since he started his plant strong diet.  Diabetes free, blood pressure good and cholesterol is down.  What an inspiration. 

Rip signed my book and also my little graduation certificate.  Super cool.

I am so happy I decided to join this challenge.  I felt bad that on Mondays I didn't get home until around 8:30pm, but I had the best time!   I made some friends, learned a ton and feel inspired to do more.  It was also an added plus to be able to mingle with the author himself!  

I also made some pals at Whole Foods.  Curtis; our instructor, was very passionate about his work and has been to an Immersion.  I hope they decide to have an Immersion here.  An Immersion is where you spend several days with them, eat their food and during the day attend lectures from some of the giants.  Dr. Caldwell Esselsytn (Rip's dad),  Collin Campbell, Joel Furhman, Jeff Novick, John McDougall, etc.  That would be kick ass!  He's going to have another challenge in January to continue on the learning and cooking classes.  I might just have to attend those too.  Why not!?  I've made some great connections and had a lot of fun.

You want to know something else?  It's not all about me. What I am about to tell you, is the real reason behind all of this: 

Chris has benefited greatly so far from this as well.  I stood up in front of the crowd (shaking and stuttering uncontrollably I'm sure) and told them of my experience and also gave them some news about Chris.  Just two weeks into this diet he had his blood work done and the results were in.  He had already had the appointment made before changing his way of eating and decided to keep it just out of curiosity to see if possibly any changes had happened.

Well!  In just two weeks Chris's total cholesterol went down 47 points and his LDL went down 40 points!  That's without drugs and just after two weeks. I wonder how much lower it is now?  Also, in the four weeks he has lost around ten pounds. That is wonderful!  None of the medications he tried before had those results.

I am going to get my blood work done next week.  I can't wait to see the results.  I also want to point out.  This is a lifestyle change, not a diet.  It's not a temporary thing.  It's for life.  For a better life.

Thanks Rip!  Again....I'm still smiling.

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