A Testimonial From PlantPure Challenge Winner Brandon Porter
"My name is Brandon Porter, I am a 41 year old male.
Most of my life, as I'm sure is the case with many of us, I knew little about nutrition and ate mostly what I wanted - with the exceptional moment or two of health consciousness that never lasted more than a day or two.
Last October, I went to the doctor to get some blood work done. My numbers came back less than stellar. In short - here's where I was:
-I weighed 224 pounds (I'm only 5'6")
-My blood pressure was around 140/95, give or take
-I had heartburn every night and took an OTC medication daily
-I had pain in my upper abdomen that was never diagnosed, even after an ultrasound
-My fasting blood glucose was 101, and my A1C was 6.1
While these numbers aren't alarming for many people, I was not ok with them! I immediately began working on my health. Since my younger sister is a registered dietician, I called her and she suggested I count carbs and try to hit macronutrient percentages of 40% carbs, 30% each of protein and fat. 30% fat! At the time, this sounded reasonable. So I began counting calories and my macro percentages, and exercising.
I did lose some weight, but my blood pressure, my heartburn, and my blood sugar levels didn't really change 3 months later. I went back for bloodwork 6 months later...same thing, no big change.
This past June I watched "Forks over Knives", and then some other documentaries, then I read "The China Study" and decided to give this a try. Since August 1st I've been "plant pure" and here are my latest numbers:
Weight: 166, down from 224
Blood Pressure: average of 110/65
heartburn is gone
Abdominal pain is gone
Fasting glucose: 82
A1C: 5.1 and dropping
I feel great! Lots of energy, lots of comments from others! I am convinced that this is the right path for human nutrition. Thanks for reading my story - I hope it might inspire others to try.