Crohns

Kenny Honnas - The Vegan Diet Saved My Life & Healed Ulcerative Colitis

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Freshman year of college my entire life was turned upside down. I was in the middle of my first season as a member of the Division III Wheaton College Football team when I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis. I had been experiencing rectal bleeding for weeks along with uncontrollable bowel movements and more than one embarrassing public accident before I finally worked up the nerve to see a doctor. I was quickly diagnosed and put on a regiment of steroids to calm the bleeding and sent home. Three days later the bleeding intensified so much I had to ask a friend of mine to drive me to the hospital where I was admitted into the emergency room. I stayed in the hospital for fifteen days hoping and praying the bleeding would stop before they decided to remove my large intestine. The bleeding eventually slowed down enough for me to be released, and I thought that this was finally behind me. During that stay I went from a 165lb muscular football player to a 129lb person that looked like a holocaust survivor.  

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       The first thing I did after my release was visit my favorite greasy fast food joint and ate spicy buffalo wings. I had no idea that was the worst thing I could possibly do for my health because every doctor was adamant that diet had nothing to do with the disease. Over the course of the next six months I couldn't seem to get any better than simply being able to get by, no matter what medicine they tried to put me on. Nothing worked, not drugs, steroids, or even FMTs were able to bring me relief from the constant loose and watery stools or putridly foul gas. I was afraid to go anywhere because I never knew if I would have an attack and soil myself before I could make it to the toilet. Only someone who has experienced colitis or crohn's understands the desperation, depression, and anxiety this can drive you too. My athletic performance had dropped significantly and I was nowhere close to the athlete I once was. 

     And then in the summer of 2015 whilst scouring the depths of the internet for some sort of cure, I stumbled across Shukul and Shamiz by the grace of God. Never in my life had I ever even stopped to consider giving up something I loved as much as meat and dairy, that just simply wasn't an option as an athletic red blooded American male. Vegans and Vegetarians were all feminine and hippies and just plain weird, everyone in Texas knew this. You had to eat meat to be a man. And yet, Shukul and Shamiz were scientifically showing that what I had to eat to be a man may actually be the cause of my horrible and debilitating suffering. And not only that, but my athletic performance could actually improve beyond what it ever was before I was ill if I switched to a whole food plant based diet. I was desperate. At this point in my life I was ready to try anything to stop the pain, embarrassment, and increased risk of cancer. I contacted them and the rest is history. 

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       They were beyond helpful. Patient, prompt, and clear. Every single question I had, which were several, were answered quickly and in full detail. By week three my bowel movements had become easy and painless, better and more regular than I had ever had before in my entire life. I know this sounds too good to be true, but it's not. It's simply eating what our bodies are genetically designed to eat and allowing yourself to heal. There were bumps along the way of course, as they will tell you there will be. But, with patience and persistence you will heal this way. Eight weeks into this diet I went from 140lbs to 157lbs of the purest, leanest muscle I had ever had. It was incredible to not only feel my body healing but to see the change manifesting before my eyes as well. 

      I felt amazing and was only improving every day. I returned to Wheaton in perhaps the greatest shape of my life and played one more season of college ball before hanging up the cleats to pursue my newest passion, plant based living and nutrition. It has now been over seven months since I have transitioned to this lifestyle and I feel vibrant, strong, and healthy. I am currently pursuing my passion for plant based living by studying dietetics and nutrition so that someday I can hopefully help change someone's life the way Shukul and Shamiz have helped change mine. If you are struggling with some sort of illness, especially a digestive one, I strongly urge you to sign up for their program and follow their guidance, they will do everything in their power to help you heal. High Carb Health for the win!

- Kenny Honnas

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High Carb Health in India

From Shukul:

For the month of February I had been invited to India by Dr Nandita Shah, founder of SHARAN (Sanctuary for Health and Reconnection to Animals and Nature) India to give some talks and workshops on why Plant Based Nutrition is the best solution for peoples health. SHARAN is a wonderful Not for Profit Organisation in India whose vision is a diabetes free India.

My program consisted of giving talks in Mumbai and Pune, talking about disease prevention and reversal via a whole foods plant based lifestyle rather than relying on medications, and my area of expertise, digestive health.  I also conducted a cooking class with the help of one of the SHARAN associates, Reyna Rupani and showed people how to make healthy and delicious food without the use of oil, sugar or any refined products.

I was able to explain to people how to prevent and even reverse our most common chronic diseases such as Heart Disease, Diabetes and even common cancers such as of the breast, prostate and colon. In my digestive health workshop we discussed how to reverse chronic digestive disorders such as Crohns, Ulcerative Colitis, IBS and IBD. The audience was always amazed at the power of correct nutrition and that they now had the ability to prevent and reverse these common conditions! Health is really in your hands.

India has an extremely large vegetarian community. So the majority of people I spoke with did not eat meat! Therefore the main focus was on the harmful effects that cow’s milk has on the human body. We also showed the audience a video on how cows are treated in India. It is truly horrible what goes on in the industry over here. One of the many actions that shocked me was that they put chilli powder in the cow’s eyes, if the cow will not follow directions. Quite a number of people were crying as they realised the harm that occurs to these beautiful creatures. In India, the cow is considered sacred, yet India is the largest exporter of beef in the world!

The programs were a hit! I was able to speak to over 300 people during the 7 events that I ran over 2 weeks. A lot of the people were amazed that the truth about the harm caused by animal products to their health was not commonly known, and many people told me that they felt they had been lied to their whole life. During the cooking class, we made eight dishes including Thai Massuman Curry, Raw Cookies, Mexican Bean Salad and a Raw Cheesecake without any oil and completely from whole plant foods.  Everyone was so pleased when they found out that healthy food is also delicious!

What I have seen is that awareness of Plant Based Nutrition is truly on the rise everywhere. The truth cannot be hidden forever! There are exceptional people everywhere spreading the message of love and compassion is so many ways, whether it be from the angle of animal rights, health or the environment and in many cases all 3 at once! When people hear a message presented in a logical and informative way, their perception changes and we get a shift in consciousness.

So many people told me after the events that they were going to make changes to their lifestyle and this gives me hope for the future. The animals need us, the planet needs us and we need to look after our health. Plant Based Nutrition offers us a viable solution to all 3 of these issues. We just need to reach more people in a manner that connects with them so that we can impact more positive change.

I feel more inspired than ever after my trip to India. I would like to thank Dr Nandita Shah and the whole team at SHARAN India for giving me the opportunity to share this information with so many people. I definitely recommend you have a look at their website www.sharan-india.org for lots of great information on Veganism and health, as well as some incredible Indian recipes!

I am very much looking forward to using the information I learned from SHARAN to deliver some similar programs here in New Zealand. Keep an eye out for them on our Facebook page High Carb Health and see you next time for the next edition of High Carb Health Talk.

High Carb Health are Natural Health and Holistic Nutrition Practitioners. Our aim is to give people realistic advice on how to get healthy and reverse illness via a scientifically proven, nutrition based approach to healing the body. Our goal is to provide long term, lasting solutions. We do not believe in quick fixes and our approach is far more effective in promoting health and preventing disease than prescription drugs, surgery, vitamin and herbal supplementation, and genetic manipulation. 

We provide education and coaching to help our clients transition to a healthier lifestyle, which also has the added benefit of assisting the body to reach its ideal weight. Fill in our Health Survey for a free 30 minute consultation - http://www.highcarbhealth.com/healthsurvey/