Her story of transformation is motivating. She is a gastroenterologist and does anti aging medicine. Her story is a fascinating read and a reminder that anybody can turn their life and health around.
In 2005, during my residency in internal medicine at USC, I decided to avoid eating meat and become a vegetarian. I have always been an animal lover, and suddenly found it hypocritical to eat meat and contribute to animal torture. I listened to a podcast that explained being a vegan is the only true way of avoiding animal torture, but I guess I wasn’t ready to stop eating dairy cold turkey. I thought it was going to be too hard, so I continued eating dairy until May 2014 when I attended a seminar called Titanium.
At the time, I was over weight and very unhappy with my physique. I had gone through 15 years of schooling, including a challenging residency in internal medicine, and fellowship training in gastroenterology. I even gave birth to my son while in fellowship training, and shortly thereafter went through a divorce. You can say those were extremely tough years in my life. I was sad, fatigue, unhappy, and stressed out.
In May 2014 when I attended the seminar, my life changed forever. Arman Sadeghi, the leader of Titanium and also my brother, spoke about the harmful effects of dairy. That was in combination with providing a sustainable fitness plan to get into shape.
That day I decided to give up dairy for health and moral reasons, and get into the best shape of my life. I even decided to enter a fitness competition!
I started eating a whole food plant based diet and lifted weights daily. I did not limit my portions or cut out carbohydrates, but I cut out all animal products and refined sugar.
Exactly 8 months later, I entered a fitness competition at age 41, and I was literally in the best shape of my life. I looked fit and strong, but most importantly, healthier and happier than ever.
I am now very passionate about plant based diets and helping my patients reverse disease by eating a plant based diet.
Angie Sadeghi, MD