“Fear is not sustainable. Joy and pleasure are.” Dr. Dean Ornish

Many of us begin this lifestyle change because of fear of a current or future illness that was limiting or would limit our time with our families and friends. But fear really is Not sustainable as Dr. Ornish says. That’s why we have to get to the root of our eating issues and as Dr. Rhona Epstein says find and abstain from our food triggers (no matter if it’s technically “compliant” but we Know it doesn’t work for us); get help and support for lasting change; AND stick to our unique plans and honestly tweak as needed EVEN WHEN we are not losing weight in the way we expect to. Make a commitment to stick with it and give your body time to heal from the effects of food addiction and/or to undo the damage. And Speaking of undoing, Dr. Ornish and his wife Anne wrote a wonderful book called “Undo It!” worth reading. It emphasizes the four lifestyle changes one must make to reverse most chronic diseases—eat well, move more, stress less, and love more (be involved with family, friends/community).


2 thoughts on ““Fear is not sustainable. Joy and pleasure are.” Dr. Dean Ornish

  1. I want to thank you!!! Reading you and your family’s story has inspired me immensely! I have been WFPB but with vegan junk food to help my husband and son (11) transition. I have gained around 8 lbs. over the last 3 months leaving me at my heavy weight. I also have immense faith and know God has a plan, however, I have always felt that He wouldn’t want us harming animals as we are. Your strength, faith and resilience has me crying out of hope this morning. Thank you and I hope you continue to be blessed and bless others as you have me today!


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