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Annual Report: Health & Public Service

March 29, 2010

Profile: Embracing simple foods

Steve Mullins was facing a lifestyle change – whether he wanted one or not. The question only remained as to whether it would come in the form of daily pills to regulate his glucose or a serious change in his eating habits.

“He wouldn’t have been happy at all taking pills every day,” said his wife, Janet. “We tried to make changes in our eating habits before, but it didn’t work.”

After finding out Steve was pre-diabetic, the couple enrolled in a Coronary Health Improvement Program (CHIP) on August 9, 2009. Learning to prepare vegan meals and the importance of sticking to the diet, Steve saw results in 26 days: nine pounds lost, cholesterol down 15.6 percent, LDL cholesterol down 17.9 percent, and glucose down 9.5 percent.

“Once you really embrace simple foods instead of thinking that you are being cheated or deserve to eat something different, you don’t miss the decadent food,” said Steve. “You realize that grains are good for you and this is the way God intended you to eat.”

Even the word “treats” have taken on a new meaning for Steve.

“I used to wonder if I would ever think an apple could be considered dessert,” he added with a laugh. “Now I think it’s a great treat.”

Continuing the diet after the program ended, Steve has lost 40 pounds and his glucose is no longer a problem. Although that was the goal, it is not the best part.

“Before winter set in and I was exercising, I had all kinds of energy,” Steve said. “I lost my sluggishness, had clearer thinking, was more alert, and I didn’t get tired at work – even on third shift.”

The key to the program, according to Steve, is the cook. He credits Janet with taking the time and energy to prepare their meals, describing the process as “very time-consuming.”

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