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      Couple advocates plant based diet

      Want the key to preventing heart disease, looking younger, and losing weight?

      Dr. Jimmy Conway says a vegan diet not only changed his outlook on food but his entire life. It all started with a pain in his left hand in 2009 when he was about thirty pounds heavier and enjoying weekly fried treats.

      "My cholesterol was 494 and my triglycerides went over 3200. I use to jokingly say I was addicted to fat," says Jimmy Conway.

      It's an addiction that threatened his life. The doctor was headed for triple bypass surgery but canceled it just about a week before he was scheduled to go under the knife. Instead he adopted a new way of eating.

      "Within six months I had a normal stress test, my cholesterol has dropped to 115, my triglycerides went down to 175 at that time and so I saw almost immediate results. I was really amazed how at how fast I felt different in adopting a whole food plant based diet."

      It's made such a difference in his life as well as his wife's Andrea that the couple now wants to share the news with anyone whose willing to try a new approach when it comes to their diet.

      "When you consider how much you are spending on a lot of the processed foods and things that people are buying you can certainly get a lot for your money especially if you buy in bulk. A five pound bag of carrots doesn't cost anything compared to a bag of potato chips," says Andrea Conway.

      The couple hosts monthly seminars at Northwest Surgical Hospital on the topic and have also developed a website to share information along with recipes. It's a way of life that's only deepened their bond for each other and led to an improved lifestyle anyone can follow,

      To find out more check out the their website at plantbasedokc.com.

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