This week, Aph Ko, founder of Black Vegans Rock (of which I'm a proud advisory board member), posted an inspiring interview with Eric Adams, Brooklyn, NY, borough president. I wanted to share it with you, in case you missed it.
(Adams at his standing desk. Photo credit: Katherine Taylor for The New York Times.)
In the interview, Adams talks about his political, spiritual and dietary evolutions and how they came together when he was diagnosed with diabetes last April during a health check up.
In an earlier interview with The New York Times, Adams said his blood sugar level was so high his doctor was surprised he hadn't already lapsed into a coma.
Adams had already been reading about the body's ability to heal itself, so when his doctor told him he'd have to be on medications for the rest of his life, Adams rejected that idea. He decided instead to let his body heal itself by eating vegan foods and exercising. And within three months, he completely reversed his diabetes and lost 30 pounds.
Now Adams is on a mission to share his experience and the benefits of vegan foods to his millions of constituents and to people of color, in particular.
"...We cannot continue to be academically brilliant, and nutritionally ignorant. All of the things that we have done as people of color to obtain degrees, to build businesses, to have these valuable lifestyles with homes, those are all physical. It is what we do to our bodies now...we have to go inward and focus on our bodies and the first start of that is to make sure that we are giving our bodies the fuel it needs to carry out this task and this mission... My goal is to completely understand that this journey is not a dash, it’s a marathon. We don’t always live to see the completion of it. I have the baton in my hand and I want to hand it off to the person to cross the finish line. This marathon is weaning our people off of meat products. If it has a sister, a brother, a mother…I do not eat it."
Check out the full Black Vegans Rock interview with Adams to learn more about his uplifting journey to better health and the creative ways he's helping others start theirs.
And if you want to learn more about how vegan foods can help prevent or reverse diabetes, check out How Not to Die, Never Too Late to Go Vegan or By Any Greens Necessary. If you're in the Washington, DC area, check out the Barnard Medical Center, which specializes in addressing diabetes with plant-based nutrition.
Have an awesome rest of the week!