wake-up call

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STOP and make a changeSometimes we need a gentle nudge to make changes, right?  Or maybe not so gentle…

In this case, the nudge was a very strong push….or shove….

On Friday, October 14, 2016, my husband of 23 years had a heart attack resulting in 3 stents and a directive from the cardiologist to  begin a vegan diet to reduce and reverse heart disease.

I love beef.  We both love beef…. We even had a quarter of a grain-fed, hormone-free cow in our freezer.   Hmmmmm…


wedding dayOn his first day home from the hospital, my husband held my hands and asked me to help him with his nutrition and life change.

To me, that was earth-shattering…and even romantic… then it sank in…..He wanted my help, but, to me, this means he wanted me to help keep him alive…

Scary times…

John was referred to hospital’s Cardiac Rehab, and we chose the Ornish program.(Ornish’s research suggests cardiac disease can be reversed by moving to a vegan diet and incorporating yoga, stress management, and family support.) We were super excited to begin this next step, as the rehab would include food classes with a chef.

Then we received the call from the Rehab to discover that only John was to attend these session (4 hours each, 2 days a week for 9 weeks). I was not included! A program that required a life change from the entire family, and family could not attend?  Ludicrous! Personally, I think the hospital was using this as a money maker, and since I was not a cardiac patient – a revenue stream for them – they did not want me there.

ornishWe ordered books on reversing cardiac disease, including Ornish’s program, and started research on becoming a vegan.  I love to cook – and bake – but cooking vegan?   Without eggs and butter? How in the world can this be done?

Journey with us into plant-based eating and lifestyle changes……..while we create and adapt recipes…..and revise our entire way of living…







Author: mduggan10

I have lived in a Victorian-era house, spent several years living on a boat, and now live at the top of a mountain. Throughout his all, I have been a coffee snob, a whole foods snob, and an instructional designer.

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