Director of Sales and Marketing for The Retail Observer
When I was at the Mega and Nationwide shows in Orlando, I had the pleasure of sharing a ride with a few vendors in between show locations. One of them was Eric O’Grey, a Whirlpool employee out of Seattle, who I have known since my days working in San Jose.
In 2010, Eric weighed over 340 pounds, had a 52” waist, wore 3XL shirts, had type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol over 300, high blood pressure 160/100, and took over $1,000 in medications per month. When his doctor told him he would be dead within five years unless he got his health under control, Eric found a naturopathic doctor to help him. She put him on a whole-food, plant-based diet and encouraged him to adopt a dog from an animal shelter. So, he went to his local Humane Society and asked for an obese, middle-aged dog, so they would have something in common.
Just by walking his new dog, going to a one-hour exercise class three times per week, and practicing a new plant-based diet, he began losing 3 to 5 pounds per week. Over the next year, his weight dropped from 340 to 180 pounds. In addition to his weight loss, his total cholesterol dropped to 130, his blood pressure went down to 118/60, and his glucose and all other medical stats became normal. Best of all, he no longer had any symptoms of type 2 diabetes or required any medications. Today, Eric has been on a whirlwind National Show schedule and recently had his story told on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Eric is also now running marathons and has a new outlook on life.
So what’s stopping you? I personally was diagnosed last year with Type 2 diabetes and have made progress just by a change in my diet and getting out at least once a day to get some form of exercise. Forty-six pounds later, all my vitals are where they need to be. Eric’s story has been an inspiration to me and I hope it helps some of you make the necessary choices needed to live a healthier life.
Happy and Healthy Retailing,