Andrea Conway Health Coach and her husband Dr. Jimmy Conway is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon in Oklahoma City. Their journey began like this: One morning Dr. Conway awoke with left arm pain. With a family history of heart disease he thought he should probably go to the doctor; he had not been to see a doctor in years which is typical of most doctors. Blood work revealed a cholesterol level of 494 and triglycerides of 3,295. This was scary! After he failed a stress test a Cardiac Cath was scheduled. The cath revealed significant blockage to his LAD artery and his right main artery. The doctors decided his blockage was too significant to stent and he was scheduled for a triple bypass. He went home and did a TON of research. After finding our way to The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, PhD and Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Caldwell Esselstyn, M.D. they opted to try a whole foods, plant-based diet and opted NOT to have surgery. Nearly four years later Im happy to report that my husband Jimmy is healthier than ever with a cholesterol of 120 and triglycerides around 200. Andrew Conway and Dr. Conway are passionate about spreading the word about this healthy lifestyle.
As fate would have it, a colleague of his suggested he read The China Study prior to his arteriogram, the procedure he had done to determine he needed the bypass surgery. Dr. Conway was blown away. He had never heard this information, ever. He read even more books and went back to his physician and canceled his surgery. Dr. Conway opted for a no-added oil, whole-foods, plant-based lifestyle. His wife Andrea and Dr. Conway dove in headfirst and never looked back. Initially, he was scared, but that was four years ago and he feels better than he felt since being a college athlete.
They started PlantBasedOKC to provide education and information to the public regarding the benefits of a whole foods, plant-based diet.
This is Dr. Jimmy Conway story:
I have made it my lifes mission to study the science behind nutrition and to educate my patients. Today, my basic message is that you either Feed your disease or you Fight it with what you put on your fork. The Standard American Diet (otherwise known as SAD) is only getting us the Standard American Diseases and were dying the Standard American Deaths. We all know someone who has or will die of heart disease, cancer or diabetes. With medical students still not being educated on the science of nutrition, its time for the general public to take their health into their own hands.
Clearly we know the evidence behind what smoking will do to the body and people may make the INFORMED decision to continue to smoke. The evidence behind what animal protein, animal fat, and added oil does to the body is less known by the general public and what they do hear is funded by big business. There is so much conflicting information presented that no one knows what to do, so they do nothing.
Unfortunately, there is no money to be made off healthy people, so many physicians are not motivated to learn or educate their patients. I find this not only sad but infuriating. In order to educate more people at one time, about a year ago, my wife and I started holding quarterly seminars free to the public. My wife cooks a no-added oil, whole-foods, plant-based dinner and I go over the science of how to Feed or Fight disease. I know full well how hard the transition can be! Thats why, after we bombard them with all this science, we try to leave them with some tips on how to get started. Here are some tips to start using food to fight off disease:
1. Remove all processed foods, fat and dairy from your diet from the beginning.
2. Slowly start filling your plate with more plants. For instance if you cook tacos, use black beans spiced with taco seasoning as the meat and opt for corn tortillas over flour, ditch the sour cream but keep the guacamole. Saute vegetables such as onions and bell pepper in a pan on medium heat with a lid to sweat out the moisture and you will typically not need to add anything. If you cook with a lot of garlic like we do which can be sticky you might add a small amount of vegetable broth, white or red wine or just a little water.
3. Opt for GBOMBS: Greens, Beans, Onions, Mushrooms, Berries, and Seeds/Nuts. You can get greens and berries in your morning smoothie, greens, seeds, onions and mushrooms in your salad at lunch or dinner. Fill in the rest with whole grains, beans and MORE veggies!
4. If you want to continue to eat some meat, make it a side dish and make sure its grass fed, antibiotic-free and hormone-free. Eventually a totally whole-foods plantbased diet is the goal but it can take time for some people to get there. If youre facing any sort of disease with current significant issues my suggestion is always to go full steam ahead and cut out ALL animal products and fat! Theres nothing to lose and everything to gain! Our seminars continued to grow to the point that we now hold them every month. They are still free. If youre interested in the benefits of a plant based lifestyle I would encourage you to research Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Michael Greger and Dr. Joel Fuhrman who are just a few of the experts in the field of plant based nutrition.
Heres to Fighting for your health!