These are some wonderful people who graciously invited me into their lives for comprehensive lifestyle reform. I owe them a debt of gratitude for the encouragement they have given me over the years we have worked together.
Here is a word from Vickie:
“In just five months of my new lifestyle, I no longer have to take the two blood pressure meds I was on for over twenty years. My cholesterol has dropped 90 points without medication. My painful inflammation is gone. My hair, nails, and skin have improved along with my overall appearance. All these results and it is just the beginning of my new life!”
“I’ve lost 20 pounds since changing my lifestyle. I seem to have a lot more energy than I used to. I used to take allergy medicine every day. I no longer take allergy medicine of any kind, I just stopped having allergy attacks.”
Sherry, who suffers with psoriatic arthritis, writes:
“My diastolic blood pressure, and blood sugar are down. The amount of meds I am taking is down. The psoriasis on my feet is almost clear. In fact, I walk 2-3 miles at a time now without a skin or join flare. My husband and daughter can’t keep up with me! My doctor says I look great and to keep doing what I am doing. Kristi has shown me how to radically transform my health with a whole-foods, plant-based diet that is easy and delicious!"
Since changing my diet I have experienced many positive changes. Besides losing weight I feel so much better since I eliminated gluten, dairy, processed foods, and most meats from my diet. I always felt sluggish before. I was also taking a 24 hour antihistamine with a decongestant every day. I now take no decongestants and only use antihistamines every other day. My goal is to stay on course and eliminate the antihistamines altogether. I have passed on my knowledge of the inflammatory properties of gluten and dairy to others. My mother's arthritis pain is greatly reduced since eliminating gluten and dairy and a coworker with psoriasis saw a significant improvement in her skin and much less "brain fog" after going gluten free too. I also no longer have hot flashes due to using bioidentical hormone replacement which is plant based rather than drugs that cause cancer.
When I told Kristi that I had been diagnosed with cervical spinal arthritis (at 86), and it was becoming excruciatingly painful, I asked her if there was anything besides Tylenol that would ease the pain. She said, “yes, but you don’t want to go there”. I thought she was thinking of surgery, so I asked no more questions. About three months later, I saw her again and this time I said, “Kristi, I want to go there”. The pain had become unbearable. She told me that I had to eliminate grains and sugar from my diet because my borderline-diabetic blood sugar levels were causing inflammation in my body and my neck was hurting because of it. I asked her to tell me what to eat. She then gave me a four-page guide to follow for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. We also had weekly phone conversations to iron out any snags that I was having following the guidelines. In less than two weeks, my fasting blood sugar went from consistently over 100 and usually around 110 to the upper 80’s to low 90’s. Approximately four months later, my neck and head were requiring not even a Tylenol because the pain was gone!
Today, fourteen months later, I am still pain free because her recommendations became my way of eating from now on.