素食拯救生命 专题系列报道——大卫•罗伯茨

安娜•佩拉伊诺(Anna Peraino)

2013年报道

【编者导读】2010年,大卫•罗伯茨出现了心脏病先兆,并患高胆固醇血症、心脏缺陷。原本坚决反对素食的他,在医生和妻子的敦促下,选择了素食。然而就在素食后的第三个星期,大卫竟然自己提出从此以后愿意坚持素食。素食一年后,胆固醇从290降到了107、体重减轻了27公斤。如今,大卫更加健康,为今年2月在佛罗里达州的劳德尔堡举行的马拉松赛做训练。

在这个专题系列里,我们将分享一些鼓舞人心的故事,故事的主人翁们都以亲生经历展示了以植物为主的饮食给自己身体健康所带来的巨大改变。

姓名:大卫•罗伯茨(David Roberts)

诊断:心脏缺陷(心血管动脉漏,导致心脏需要额外收缩才能泵出足够分布至全身的血液)、高胆固醇血症、心脏病先兆

预后:心衰

诊断时间:2010年

被诊断前,您的生活是什么样子?

常常是久坐不动。我是一个两个小孩的父亲(两个孩子都不到三岁),所以家里总是处于近乎抓狂的状态。按理来说,我本应该与他们一起活动,但是我的身体已经变形,精力也特别差,因此我并没有付诸于行动。

您是如何得到诊断的?

一天夜晚,我躺在床上,我的左手臂开始发麻,手指开始刺痛。这样的症状时有发生,我十分肯定这并不是心脏病发作,但仍然引起了我的注意。第二天,我起床后就出去上班。我跟我父亲谈起头天晚上的感觉,他告诉我立即打电话,问问能不能去看病。我找心脏病专家看了病,他给我做了探查性心导管手术(我来告诉你,这个手术一点都不好玩)。长话短说,检查结果显示:尽管我不是心脏病发作,但是我有一种罕见的先天性心脏缺陷。这种病本来是相当轻微,但我的心脏却不得不因为我的体重而额外工作——加强收缩,于是这才表现出了症状。医生告诉我:需要尽快找到一条不但能尽快减少体重,而且更重要的是增强心脏健康的方法。他说:“大卫,如果你还想看到你孩子长大,与你的妻子活到老的话,你就需要找到一个对你确有实效的方法,并持之以恒。“

您的医生给您的治疗方案是什么?

由于心脏缺陷,我所能做的不外乎是:减肥、控制胆固醇以及尽可能治疗心脏病。我面临的最大挑战是医生让我严格遵守医嘱——零运动(这样他可以监测我的心脏,由于心脏不正常,我在头一年里得坚持纯素食),运动是不允许的。我被迫选择了这些改变。

那您又是怎么找到纯素饮食的呢?

这一切都要归功于我的妻子。她全身心投入了心脏健康饮食的研究(尽管我并不喜欢把“素食”称为“饮食”),而且她所发现的每一种有利于心脏健康的食物都是植物性的。她还参加了当地一个素食烹饪班,她花了很多时间与知识丰富的主厨聊天,这种聊天开阔了她的眼界。另外,我的妻子和我都在最近失去了我们各自的母亲,我们的母亲都罹患了癌症。我们彻底决定选择以植物为基础的生活方式,其中最重要的原因就是所有的研究和发现都表明:素食是最强的防癌卫士。对我们来说尽可能地活得更长、更健康至关重要,我们会不遗余力为此付出一切努力。

你从什么时候决定开始尝试的呢?

大概在我收到所有检查结果后一周左右,我便开始了素食之旅。我参加了预定的拉斯维加斯之旅。我的妻子却忙于研究不同的饮食。当我旅游归来,回到家时,她让我坐下并告诉我她所查阅的一切,她说成为素食主义者是最利于心脏健康的生活方式,并说素食不仅仅是人类的防癌卫士,也不仅仅只有利于心脏病患者,而且有利于任何一个想活得更长寿,更健康的人。

你是怎样过渡到纯素饮食的呢?

一开始,我坚决反对。当妻子向我列举了她查阅资料后的发现,我至今仍然清晰地记得当时我说:“不可能,我可是一个男人,我要吃肉。我太喜欢了,不可能放弃!万分感谢,但是我们还是得找其他方式,因为我不可能吃素。“她用只有妻子和母亲才拥有的眼神看了我一眼,轻声地问:”大卫,你信任我吗?“我说:”那当然了啦。“于是她回答道:”那就闭嘴。在接下来的30天,你就只能吃我做给你的东西,这30天内不准提出任何异议。“我说:”没问题。“我能做什么呢?再说,我一直都在减肥,多这30天又何妨?轻而易举。于是,转变为素食主义的起航,并不那么令人惊讶。我们对很多菜谱并不感兴趣,几顿素食过后,我们都很愿意继续下去,我们仍尽力为素食创造机会。我们很快就发现一些我们真正喜欢吃的新食物,最终发现了我们的所爱。于是最“疯狂”的事情发生了:大概在约定30天中的第三个星期,我们一起吃晚餐时(我一直都在吃她告诉我该吃的食物,阅读她让我阅读的),我转向妻子,然后说:“如果这真是素食者的生活,那么我愿意。”于是我再也没有反悔过。

开始素食前,你每天的常规饮食是怎么样的?

快餐(任何“电话订餐”都包括在内)。三餐通常是汽车快餐——那些食物都快认识我们了。如果我们在家做饭,通常是那些能以最快速度“变”到桌子上的食物(很多冰冻食品和烤鸡)。任何快速和简单的食品!

那你现在的常规饮食又是什么呢?

在我成为素食者之前,我从来不吃早餐。但是现在我从不落下任何一次早餐。早餐通常是咖啡、新鲜水果,燕麦碎粒、咖啡,谷类杏仁奶和更多的咖啡。午餐是米饭和一碗生抽蔬菜,花生黄油果酱三明治,豆子米饭,蔬菜三明治(我喜欢圣路易斯面包公司的地中海素三明治,再加一些鳄梨,不要乳酪),或者是带有糙米、黑豆、墨西哥蔬菜、中辣沙拉、玉米沙拉、鳄梨沙拉的墨西哥风味快餐。零食通常是新鲜水果、克里夫能量棒(Clif bar)、素肉干。晚餐是豆腐或印尼豆豉,糙米饭,蒸蔬菜(我喜欢甘蓝,但是素食之前,甘蓝我是一口都不吃的),意大利面食或晚饭前的早餐(《素食的火玫瑰》(英文书名为:Vegan With A Vengeanc)书中有很多令人惊叹的烹调法)。至于甜食,凯蒂巧克力夹心饼干、蛋糕。当然有些时候是奥利奥奶油夹心巧克力饼干(我多么期望从来都不知道它们是纯素食品。)

你什么时候去复查的?你的医生又是如何看待复查结果的呢?

几乎是立即就去了。我的精神水平一提起来,体重一开始下降的时候,我就马上去了。晚上我睡眠更好了,我的脸色也比以前好了。仅仅在第一年,我的胆固醇水平从290降到了107,而且我减了60磅体重(编者注:60磅约为27公斤)。最令人惊讶的是这些数据的得来完全是依赖于我所吃的食物。现在,有些人会提起我曾经有多胖,那时一定得减肥。可能确实如此,但是,我确实喜欢成为一名素食者的原因之一是:我所收获的这些结果。我不需要节制饮食,不需要计算能量,喝奶昔,或者计算体重观监测指数。我仅仅需要是个素食者。医生非常地激动。尽管他不是那位让我选择以植物为基础的生活方式的医生,但是他也是一位精通于素食的医生,他鼓励我永远坚持素食!

现在,你感觉怎样呢?

我比曾经想象的还要健康。我的体重从315磅下降到199磅(编者注:315磅相当于143千克,199磅相当于90千克)。我的胆固醇今天检查的数值是:105。我的能量水平“一路飙升”(这是我的妻子和孩子都感到非常幸福快乐)。最近,妻子和我迎来了我们第三个孩子的诞生(我们的第一个“素食宝宝”),另外抚养他成为一个素食者的过程相当不可思议。为了今年二月我的第一次马拉松赛,我一直都在训练(如果你在佛罗里达州的劳德尔堡,2月17日请到马拉松赛场为我加油)。我们所吃的食物里蕴含着巨大的能量,因此你可以看到成为一名素食者不仅仅改变了我的生活,而且延长了我的生命!

敬请关注本系列其他激动人心的故事!

翻译:悠悠步行者

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Veganism Saved My Life: David Roberts

By Anna Peraino

2013

In this special series, we share inspiring stories of people who have witnessed extraordinary health overhauls thanks to a plant-based diet.

Name: David Roberts

Diagnosis: Heart defect (the blood funnels as it exits the heart, making the heart work extra to properly disperse blood), high cholesterol, early signs of heart disease

Prognosis: Inevitable heart failure

Year Diagnosed: 2010

What was your life like before your diagnosis?

Very sedentary, but quite normal. I was a father of two young kids (both under the age of three), so the house was in a constantly state of crazy. I didn’t make as much effort as I should have to be active with them because I was so out of shape and low on energy.

How did you find out about your diagnosis?

One night I war lying in bed, and my left arm started to go numb a bit, and my fingers started to tingle. It was pretty sporadic, and I was quite confident that I wasn’t having a heart attack, but it got my attention. The next day , I got up and headed off to work. I was talking to my dad and told him what I experienced the night before, and he told me to call right away and see if I could get in to see the doctor. I saw the cardiologist and he did an exploratory surgical heart catheter (let me tell you, it wasn’t fun). Long story short, the test results concluded that I didn’t have a heart attack (yet), but I did have a rare heart defect from birth. It was fairly slight, and only became unmasked because of the weight my body was carrying and the amount of work my heart had to do to support it. The doctor told me I needed to quickly find a way to not only drop some weight, but more importantly to get heart-healthy. He said, “David, if you want to be here to see your kids grow up, and live to old age with your wife, you need to find what will work for you and get at it.”

What was your treatment plan laid out by your doctor?

Because of the heart defect, there wasn’t much that I could do other than lose weight, get my cholesterol under control, and treat my heart as delicately as possible. The biggest challenge I faced was my doctor put me on strict orders for zero physical activity (so he could monitor my heart due to the abnormality—that lasted for just about the whole first year I was vegan), so exercise was out of the question. I was forced to make these changes and get results strictly based on what I was putting into my body.

How did you find out about a vegan diet?

I give my wife all the credit. She took it upon herself to research heart-healthy diets (though I hate using the word “diet” when referring to veganism), and everything she found kept pointing to a plant-based lifestyle. She also attended a local vegan cooking class and spent a lot of time talking to the chef who was very informative and helped further open her eyes. Additionally, both my wife and I had recently lost our mothers to cancer, and a big reason we decided to dive into a plant-based lifestyle (in addition to all the heart-healthy benefits) was all the research and findings on how veganism is such a strong cancer fighter. It’s vital to us to do everything in our power to live the longest, healthiest lives possible.

When did you decide to give it a try?

About a week or so after I received all the test results from my doctor, I had a guys’trip to Vegas scheduled. My wife had been busy researching different diets, and when I returned home she sat me down and told me everything she had read and said becoming vegan is the most heart-healthy way of living. She said it’s not just for people fighting cancer, and not just for people with heart issues, it’s for anyone who wants to live a long, healthy life.

What was it like to transition to a vegan diet?

At first I was adamantly against it. When my wife laid out her findings, I specifically remember saying, “F— that!! I’m a man! I need to eat meat! I love milk way too much to give it up! Thanks, but we’re going to have to find something else because that’s not me.” She looked at me with that look only wives and mothers can give and asked softly, “David do you trust me?” I said of course, then she replied, “Then shut up. Eat what I feed you for the next 30 days, and don’t say a word about it until the 30 days is up!” I said OK. What could I do? Besides, I had been a yo-yo dieter my whole life so what’s another 30 days of something? No sweat. Well, the transition to veganism didn’t get off to an amazing start. There were a number of recipes that met the garbage disposal, and a few meals out that we would have liked to keep eating, but we were committed to giving it a chance. We quickly found some new foods we really liked, and eventually found our groove. Then a crazy thing happened: about three weeks into that 30 days, we were eating dinner together (I had been eating what she told me to eat, and reading what she told me to read), and I turned to my wife and said, “If this is really what being vegan is, then I’m all in.” I never turned back!

What was a normal day of eating like before you started eating vegan?

Fast food (anything “ordered by number” was the go-to). Meals generally consisted of which drive-thru would be least likely to recognize us, and when we did cook at home it was usually a combination of the quickest foods we could get to the table (lots of frozen goods and chicken on the grill). Anything fast and easy!

What is a day of eating like now?

I was never a breakfast eater before going vegan, but now I never skip it. Breakfast is usually coffee, fresh fruit, steel-cut oatmeal, coffee, cereal with almond milk, and more offee. Lunch could be a rice and vegetable bowl with a light sauce, PB&J, a bean and rice dish, a vegetable sandwich (I love St. Louis Bread Co.’s Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich, add avocado, no feta), or a bowl from Chipotle with brown rice, black beans, fajita vegetables, medium salsa, corn salsa, and guacamole. Snacks usually consist of fresh fruit, Clif bars, and Primal Spirit “Beefless” Jerky. Dinner is tofu or tempeh dishes, brown rice, steamed vegetables (I love Brussels sprouts, but pre-vegan I would never even try a bite), pasta dishes, or breakfast for dinner (Vegan With A Vengeancehas an amazing pancake recipe). For dessert, Chocolate-Covered Katie has an awesome Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake recipe. Also the occasional Oreo (how I wish I never learned they were vegan).

When did you start to see results? What did your doctor think?

Almost immediately! Instantly my energy levels were up, and pounds started dropping. I was sleeping better at night, and my complexion was better then ever. In that first year alone my cholesterol went from 290 to 107 and I lost about 60 pounds. The most amazing part about it was that those numbers were strictly a result of the food I was eating. Now some will say as heavy as I was, my numbers were bound to drop. Maybe so , but one of the things I absolutely love most about being vegan is that while I achieved those kind of results, I didn’t have to diet. I didn’t have to count calories, drink shakes, or count Weight Watcher points. I simply had to be vegan. My doctor was thrilled. He was not the one who pointed me to a plant-based lifestyle, but was well versed in the benefits of it, and encourages me to continue it forever!

How are you doing today?

I’m healthier than I ever imagined I could be. My weight is down from 315 pounds to 199 pounds. My cholesterol today is 105. My energy levels are way up (which makes for a very happy wife and kids). Just recently, my wife and I welcomed our third child (our first “veggie-baby”), and the experience of watching her carry him as a vegan was truly magical. I’m training for my first marathon in February (if you’re in Fort Lauderdale, come cheer me on at the A1A Marathon on February 17). There is tremendous power in the foods we eat, and as you can see becoming vegan didn’t just change my life, it prolonged it!

Want more inspiring stories? Read about Natalie , and check back next week for more!