When Adam was in his 20’s he began eating fast-food to deal with his existing Adderall (ADHD medication) addiction [1:22]. He gained 110 pounds in 3 years, and he felt horrible.
Overweight and addicted to fast-foods, Adam realized that he needed a change [1:45]. Part of his entrance into rehab involved a health physical, and this led to the discovery that Adam had type 2 diabetes [1:58]. His blood glucose at the time was over 300mg/dL!
This shocking number motivated Adam to take action. He went straight to the physical trainer at the facility to talk about starting an exercise regimen immediately [3:31].
A year earlier, Adam had been to a nutrition education course given by Rip Esselstyn about living a plant-based diet [3:01]. This gave him the tools he needed to move toward a plant-based approach.
Being in rehab limited Adam’s food choices, but he transitioned toward a low-fat, plant-based, whole-food diet as he was able [3:18]. After rehab, Adam began pursuing a plant-based approach more intensely. He used egg whites omelettes loaded with vegetables for a while to help ease the transition to eating so many vegetables [5:28].
Since transitioning to a plant-based diet, Adam has reversed type 2 diabetes, lost over 100 pounds, and now has incredible energy.
Now, Adam starts his day at 4:45 am with 3-4 servings of oatmeal and 1-2 tablespoons of cinnamon, and he has snacks of fresh fruit and berries [7:57]. For lunch he has a salad loaded with leafy greens and everything from beans to fruits [8:28]. Afternoon snacks are hummus with carrots or steamed greens such as broccoli [8:56]. Dinner is quinoa with black beans and a ton of chopped vegetables [9:06].
Adam came to understand the power of having supportive and knowledgeable individuals lead you through the transition to a plant-based approach. He uses his experiences and newfound energy to coach others discovering the power of a holistic approach to life and plant-based nutrition [11:32].
Cyrus Khambatta earned a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry from UC Berkeley after being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in his senior year of college at Stanford University in 2002. He is an internationally recognized nutrition and fitness coach for people living with type 1, type 1.5, prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, and has helped hundreds of people around the world achieve exceptional insulin sensitivity by adopting low-fat, plant-based whole foods nutrition.