We Should All Be Eating a Whole Food, Plant-Based Diet

Our bodies are ticking time bombs

Jason Weiland

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I’ve been publishing my work online for the masses on Medium since October 2018, and during that time, I spent a lot of time writing about my diet and weight. Like many people these days, I used to spend so much time obsessing about every little thing I ate and trying all the latest trends and diets.

Of all the fad diets — paleo, keto, carnivore, caveman, Mediterranean — intermittent fasting and cutting out sugar was the only thing that seemed to work. And I knew those low-carb diets were not healthy. How healthy can only eating steak be?

No matter what diets I tried, the pills I took for my mental health kept me fat, and my motivation never allowed me to stick with any one plan for very long. As time went on, my midsection grew, and my blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol kept going up.

In 2022, I had an artery blockage and experienced a SCAD, in which the artery burst and I almost died. After an angioplasty and a stent that reconnected the ends of my burst artery, I promised that I would change my life and fix the reasons why I had a heart attack.

But I didn’t.

First of all, I didn’t have a clue where to start. My cardiologist said I didn’t need to do much different than cutting back and exercising, which blows my mind when he more than anyone else should know that I drastically needed to cut my cholesterol. He did put me on a statin but offered little in the way of lifestyle change advice.

I continued to eat meat, and although my bad cholesterol didn’t go up, it never got any better, I didn’t lose weight, my blood pressure was still high, even on maintenance medication, and I developed diabetes.

I knew I needed to do something, but I kept putting it off. I don’t know why I have to hit bottom to look up, but in December 2023, I was 285 pounds and my diabetes and blood pressure were out of control.

I needed to do something drastic.

So like a good student, I started chasing the science. There were a few good documentaries that put me on the right path, and I used my college library to pull up all the data I could on how to survive after a…

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Jason Weiland

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