The Stewardship of Wellness
by Myron Remington
In the words of Dean Ornish, M.D., author of The Spectrum:
A Scientifically Proven Program to Feel Better, Live Longer,
Lose Weight, Gain Health authored by Dean Ornish,
Testimonial: Jeff Oliver, Monessen, Pennsylvania
At age 46, why would I not expect to reach age 62? For me, it was just being realistic. I weighed over 370 pounds, had high blood pressure, and was an out-of-control diabetic. I was taking medication for anxiety problems. I had the energy of a sloth -- even less stamina.
Then my life changed. About six months ago, my insurance provider sent me information about “Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease.”* I don’t have heart problems, but since I was a type 2 diabetic, I qualified for the program. Included were not a diet, but a way of eating, stress management, group therapy, and exercise.
In the first twelve weeks, I lost 47 pounds: five inches off my chest, 2-1/2 inches off my thighs, and 1-1/2 inches off my biceps. After a few more months, I’ve lost over 65 pounds -- more than the norm. Average weight loss for the first twelve weeks is 12 to 25 pounds. This is not mainly a weight-loss program, but a road to better health through a change in lifestyle.
Before the program, my average daily intake was 3,800 calories, more than 40% fat. After twelve weeks my daily intake was 1,950 calories, less than 10% fat. I don’t need as much sleep, and coworkers say my disposition is better. I no longer need medication for anxiety and depression. Best of all, my diabetes medication is down from thirteen pills a day to only two; my goal is soon to go to none.
Tenth in a series of selections from The Spectrum; come back next month for more. Or read the book to see it all sooner.
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