Thursday Morning's Weight Work-Out
Strange, isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?
-Clarence, the Angel, in the 1946 Film, "It's a Wonderful Life"-
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Have I got an inspiring story to share.
It's crazy how interconnected we all are to each other. You never know how much influence we can have on each other.
Here's the story Ann Esselstyn shared with me this morning--after a morning weight-workout class.
I just happened to have the day off--otherwise I wouldn't have attended this class--and I wouldn't have heard Chief Berarducci's story.
This summer a police chief's grown-up son learned about the benefits of a plant-based no-added-oil-diet at one of Rip Esselstyn's Engine 2 Immersions in Texas.
The newly-plant-strong son convinced his not-so-healthy Medina, Ohio Police Chief dad to just give the diet a try. It worked for Bill Clinton--it'll work for him.
When the Police Chief started losing weight & gaining energy, he convinced his officers to give the diet a try.
Then the Police Chief decided to take it a step further & get his whole community turned-on to all the health benefits of eating plant-based--so he invited Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr & his wife Ann to explain all about the diet at the Medina Performing Arts Center.
The plan: to make Medina into a "Heart-Healthy City"
That was last night.
The community came out in full force to hear Dr. Caldwell B. & Ann Esselstyn explain how they can become a "Heart Healthy City--packing the Medina auditorium.
The front row was filled with police officers--and I'm pretty sure the mayor was there, too.
How lucky that Chief Patrick Berarducci listened to his son's pleas to do something about his health.
How lucky for Partick Berarducci, Jr., that his dad took his advice to heart--and turned his health around. Not many parents are willing to do that. What a gift this father & son gave to each other!
"The greatest gift that you could possibly give to your family--you can make them aware of this incredible power to avoid life's most painful events. You just don't have to have those kinds of events."
-Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn-
How lucky for the city of Medina, Ohio that they have a Police Chief who wants the entire community to "crack down" on heart disease.
And the delicious part for everyone in the Northeast Ohio area---Chief Berarducci wields a lot of influence in the local restaurant community.
Rumor has it that at least two Medina restaurants, Sully's & Thyme, are more than willing to turn out plant-based oil-free dinners for the Police Chief--so, I'm guessing that they'll know exactly how to prepare healthy meals for everyone else who's looking for plant-based fare in the Medina area .
Ann Esselstyn told me that the dinner she & Dr. Esselstyn had in Medina last night was absolutely outstanding--and prepared by a local restaurant, exactly to Chief Berarducci's oil-free specifications!
Trimmed-Down Medina Police Chief is Sharing Secret of Success with Community
Medina Town Square--The New Heart Healthy City
Police Chief Patrick Berarducci
I learned all the details about Chief Berarducci's heart-health turn-around from Jake Poole's Sun Newspaper story, "Trimmed-Down Medina Police Chief is Sharing Secret of Success with Community."
Here's the full text of Poole's 12/2/11 story.
I started to just include the highlights--but, frankly, the article is just so good, I'm reprinting it all right here. Please, please go ahead & click on Jake's story so he'll get credit for lots of internet traffic!
Trimmed-Down Medina Police Chief is Sharing Secret of Success with Community
"The 61-year-old Medina resident and 37-year law enforcement official is cracking down on heart disease.
Over the last three months, Berarducci has lost nearly 40 pounds while following a ground-breaking diet that was designed by Cleveland Clinic doctor Caldwell Esselstyn Jr., who will speak at the Medina Performing Arts Center next Wednesday. Dr. Esselstyn claims that the diet makes a person heart attack-proof.
“I’m going to do whatever I can to protect my health and be here as long as I can, and I haven’t been disappointed,” Berarducci said of the diet.
'Dad, you need to do something.' How & why Berarducci went plant-strong
His wife, Judy, and two grown children had become increasingly worried about Berarducci’s rising weight and climbing blood sugar, which required Berarducci to take 20 mg each day of Crestor, a medication to regulate cholesterol.
On the weekend of Sept. 4, Berarducci’s son, Patrick Jr., made a plea. (according to HL's sources, Patrick, Jr. learned about the Esselstyn diet when he attended an Engine 2 Immersion weekend in the summer)
“He said, ‘Dad, you need to do something,’” the elder Berarducci recounts. “To me, I’m a cop, I’m used to somebody showing me the evidence. I’ve got to understand it.”
Show Me the Evidence
So Patrick Jr. did. He showed his father a recorded CNN special, “The Last Heart Attack,” that features Dr. Esselstyn’s research and a story about U.S. President Bill Clinton, who, despite having world-class health care, needed bypass surgery only a couple years after leaving office.
It was a wake-up call to Berarducci, who formerly worked as a federal agent and knew the protective measures exerted for the President, including strict health care. If it could happen to someone on such a formulated and planned diet, it could happen to a local police chief.
“What do we do?” Berarducci asked his son. His next meal was on Dr. Esselstyn’s diet, and he has not looked back.
The Challenge of an Ever-Shrinking Waistline
Since September, Berarducci has lost 38 pounds and has had to invest in a tailor.
“The big problem now is I have to continue to have my clothes taken in,” he said. “That’ll be a price I’m willing to pay.”
Berarducci's Cardiovascular Fitness Has 'Skyrocketed' with Exercise
He has lost 11 percent of his body weight, and Berarducci, who works out at least five hours per week, says his cardiovascular fitness has “skyrocketed.”
“I’m doing miles instead of blocks,” he said.
Prior to starting the diet, 30 minutes of walking was a strenuous workout, but now, Berarducci rips off a one-hour walk with ease, even after 12-hour days. “You just don’t get tired,” he said.
The Heart Attack-Proof Lifestyle
The heart attack-proof diet, which is based on a 20-year study by Dr. Esselstyn, is plant-heavy and rejects the use of oils in cooking.
In his book, “Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease,” Esselstyn details his study and 150 heart-healthy recipes. Read more here.
According to the book’s website (www.heartattackproof.com), heart disease can be “prevented, reversed, and even abolished.”
'I've Not Enjoyed My Meals in the Past Like I Do Now'
By following the diet, food has come alive to Berarducci. Lentil soup over spinach, whole-wheat tortillas, whole wheat pasta: It’s like eating for the first time.
“The food you taste is so good, and I don’t remember feeling that way about normal food,” said Berarducci, whose wife is cooking through each one of Dr. Esselstyn’s recipes. “I’ve not enjoyed my meals in the past like I do now.”
Medina, Ohio--Where the Restaurants Now Make Plant-Strong Fare
And he’s taken his new diet out — to Sully’s, Thyme, and other local spots.
Berarducci will tell the chefs what he can and cannot eat, and the chefs’ creativity will flow out, producing new and unique dishes.
“To me, it almost looks like chefs are getting to be chefs. They are getting to prepare foods that they normally don’t get to,” Berarducci said.
As Berarducci’s weight plummeted and he continued to evangelize the diet, other police department employees began using the diet. But he could not stop there.
Like any good safety official, Berarducci wanted to protect the whole Medina community. He invited Dr. Esselstyn to present the diet to those in Medina City.
“I’m so thankful that my son didn’t give up on me and he got the message to me,” Berarducci said, “and I’ve kind of taken that on for the community.”
I want to give a shout-out to my blog-buddy, plant-strong grandmother extraordinaire, Bonnie, who I finally had a chance to meet in person on Sunday. She has her own inspiring story! Bonnie's the one who told me about the upcoming event in Medina. I know you were there, Bonnie. Care to fill us in on the evening's events?
And I thank Ann Esselstyn & Jake Poole for filling me in on all the details of Berarducci's story!
Go, Chief Berarducci!!! We'll all be looking to Medina, Ohio for inspiration.
Every single week I hear motivating stories from readers who have switched to a plant-strong no-oil diet & are blown-away by the results. They can't believe how easy it was to make the switch.
- Effortless weight-loss
- Greatly improved blood pressure, reduced blood sugar levels, & lowered cholesterol levels
- New found energy & cardiovascular health
I never tire of hearing these inspiring stories.
If you've got one--please share it with all of us. Just click on over to the comments section at the bottom of the post--or drop me a line.
We really do motivate each other to get--and stay healthy!