How to Overcome Food Addiction Using…Food – The Adam Sud Story

How to Overcome Food Addiction Using…Food – The Adam Sud Story


Adam Sud: In three months my blood sugar dropped
from over 300 to 70. I went to go see my endocrinologist at month
four, and he does a finger prick, 82, and he goes, “Wow! That medication is working”, and I said, “You
know? I really don’t think so”, he goes, “No, no,
you know what? This is good. We’re gonna take you down to half your meds”,
I said, “Oh, I really don’t want to do that”, “What do you mean you don’t want to do that? You don’t want to take less medication?”,
“Oh no, actually I haven’t been taking it at all for about a month”, “What? What are you even doing?”, “Well, I actually
adopted a plant-based diet and it seems to have reversed my type 2 diabetes.” And he said, “Oh yeah. Well, that makes sense.” Why not recommend that in the beginning? Robby Barbaro: Today we are excited to team
up with the American College of Lifestyle Medicine to share the inspiring story of Adam
Sud. In this video you will learn how Adam lost
over 170 pounds, reversed type 2 diabetes, overcame drug addiction, fast food addiction
and severe depression. We are proud to share that Adam is a Coach
in the Mastering Diabetes Online Group Coaching Program, in addition to being a speaker for
the Engine 2 Total Health Immersion Programs and Plant-Strong events. We pride ourselves in having coaches who understand
what you are going through, and have years of experience working with clients who want
to lose weight, achieve their best A1c, and simply feel amazing. This powerful video was produced by the American
College of Lifestyle Medicine. ACLM is at the forefront of teaching medical
professionals how to use lifestyle medicine as the first treatment option for their patients. They provide quality education and certification
to medical professionals all over the world. They have set out to identify and eradicate
the root cause of disease. We sincerely hope you enjoy this video, and
it leads to improved health for you and your loved ones. Adam Sud: I had some serious health struggles
that I went through and that’s what sort of led me to where I am today. All of this really started when I was 12,
my mom would make these cinnamon rolls, and she would come in in the morning and put them
on the table once a week, and she would say, “Okay, you guys know you’re only allowed to
have one”, and when she’d leave the kitchen I’d take one or two extra, put them in my
pocket, and I’d run into my bedroom and I’d turn off the light, and I’d sit in the corner,
in the dark, and I’d eat them, because I was ashamed. I was afraid that if someone knew that I was
eating these foods, that they would think that there was something wrong with me, and
about the same time I was diagnosed with ADHD and I was put on Ritalin. And, you know, it was a doctor prescribing
medication, but he wasn’t explaining to me that this was about behavior not who I was
as a person. And so I had a doctor, essentially saying
to me, “There’s something about you that doesn’t work right, if you take this pill everything’s
fine”, and from that point on, I think that when I saw something about myself that others
didn’t like, or that the world didn’t seem to agree with, I was gonna look for an outside
substance to fix it. That’s how I thought it worked. In high school Ritalin became Adderall, and
I quickly became an addict. I was taking more than I was supposed to,
but it worked for me in high school. I got a scholarship to the college I wanted
to go to. Everything looked good, but in college I started
to need more of the drug. As a sophomore, my drug became more important
than anything and I dropped out of college and became a criminal drug addict. The average prescription for Adderall is about
30 milligrams a day, I was doing 450 milligrams in a 24-hour period. I would do this for six days straight. I wouldn’t sleep. I had no self-worth, no self-esteem. I was 350 pounds. At this time, Whole Foods had partnered with
Rip Esselstyn and created the Engine 2 Total Health Immersion Program. Rip Esselstyn: The Engine 2 Immersion Programs,
we’ve been throwing them now for over seven years, we’ve had over 1,400 participants go
through, and they all started because of Whole Food market stores. John Mackey and the leadership team decided
that they would send their sickest team members. Adam Sud: My dad has been involved with Whole
Foods since the beginning, came to me and said, “Adam, I really want you to do this.” And he thought if he could help me see that
there was possibilities for change, just by changing your lifestyle, that it might inspire
me to want to change other things about my life. And, you know, I agreed to go, but I agreed
to go because I thought if I said “yes”, he’d keep giving me money. And I went to the immersion, but I went to
every single lecture. I listened to everything that was being said. I heard them talk about how if I were to adopt
a low-fat, plant-based diet I could reverse chronic Western disease, I could make myself
heart-attack proof. I wasn’t desperate enough for change, but
about a year later, sitting in my apartment, I was living like a hoarder, so I wasn’t showering,
and I’d see all these rashes all over my body, these bedsores, the stretch marks, the lumps,
and I’d look at this body that I didn’t even recognize as myself and I just started punching
myself as hard as I could, over and over again, and I looked at myself in the mirror, and
I’d say, “I hate you!” I was 30 years old, I had already started
to develop erectile dysfunction, and I had a thought in my head that nothing was ever
going to get any better, and I attempted suicide. I popped some extra pills, I immediately started
to panic, and I tried to stand up. I vomited, fell face forward into a pile of
garbage. I somehow regained consciousness surrounded
by fast food garbage, surrounded by empty pill bottles, dying at the age of 30 from
a life of drugs, food and denial. Joseph Campbell said that we’re not so much
looking for the meaning of life, as much as we are the experience of being alive, the
ability to experience being alive. When you’re obese, when you’re sick, you are
handicapped by life. Everything about your life is just removed. People ignore you and pay attention to you
at the same time, because they can’t stop from looking at you, but they want nothing
to do with you. I picked up the phone, I called my father,
and he answered the phone and I said, “Dad, I need help.” Two weeks later I checked into rehab. I got a call from the doctor about 48 hours
into rehab, and he says, “We need to have a talk, please have a seat here.” I said, “What’s up?” He said, “You didn’t write in your form sheet
that you have type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure.” And in my arrogance I said, “Well, yeah, I
don’t, I don’t”, he said, “Adam, we are so worried that you’re gonna have a heart attack.” I went back to the dorm and I called my dad
and said, “I just found out that I have diabetes, and heart disease, and I don’t know if I can
handle this. I thought all I had to do was get sober.” And he said, “You learned it the immersion
that you can reverse this. It’s completely reversible. If there’s something about your life that
you don’t like, and you can change it, then you don’t have a problem.” It helped me realize that if I’m gonna be
sober, if I’m going to do this, then I have to get up every single day and be comfortable
being uncomfortable, and then I was gonna wake up one day and I was actually gonna look
forward to this lifestyle. In three months my blood sugar dropped from
over 300 to 70. I went to go see my endocrinologist at month
four, and he does a finger prick, 82, and he goes, “Wow! That medication is working”, and I said, “You
know? I really don’t think so”, he goes, “No, no,
you know what? This is good. We’re gonna take you down to half your meds”,
I said, “Oh, I really don’t want to do that”, “What do you mean you don’t want to do that? You don’t want to take less medication?”,
“Oh no, actually I haven’t been taking it at all for about a month”, “What? What are you even doing?”, “Well, I actually
adopted a plant-based diet and it seems to have reversed my type 2 diabetes.” And he said, “Oh yeah. Well, that makes sense.” Why not recommend that in the beginning? I don’t care. I walked out feeling something that I hadn’t
felt in a long time: Self-worth. And that self-worth made me feel like I was
worth saving. My life lived inside of a hoarder’s apartment,
surrounded by drugs, surrounded by nobody. My life now… It’s bigger than I could ever have imagined. Today I get to work with Rip, and John, and
my dad. They are the reason why I was able to do what
I did, because they provided the platform. Dr. Esselstyn says that genetics load the
gun, but lifestyle pulls the trigger. You can go your whole life never seeing the
damage that you’re doing, but still doing the damage. And I’m very grateful for the fact my body
was willing to show me, early on, what was going on, because now I have so much of my
life left to live happy and healthy. Robby Barbaro: Wow! Adam’s story is incredible. It touches us every time we hear his transformation. If you are living with diabetes and want to
work with Adam to achieve your best health possible, please join us in our Online Group
Coaching Program. There will be a link below this video. If you’re a medical professional and you want
to become certified in Lifestyle Medicine, or access world-class educational resources,
please visit the ACLM website, and get started today. There will also be a link below this video. Please, also give this video a thumbs up,
and share it far and wide, and we’ll catch you in the next one.

17 thoughts on “How to Overcome Food Addiction Using…Food – The Adam Sud Story”

  1. Love Adams story! It is very similar to my own and it is great to have someone like him as an example ❤️

  2. I have signed up twice for your program, but have never heard back from any one. I don't see another link to sign up for your program again. Thank You for Adams Story~!

  3. HI, just curious, how come here (https://www.masteringdiabetes.org/reverse-insulin-resistance-presentation/) you put whole wheat pasta as a yellow light food, and put all breads of any kind as a red light food? Whole wheat pasta and whole grain or sprouted breads with no bad ingredients or preservatives should be green light foods in my opinion, unless someone has a gluten intolerance.

  4. Hi! 🙂 I am a Latter-Day Saint and we believe the Word of Wisdom, which says that “flesh …of beasts and of the fowls of the air …they are to be used sparingly. And it is pleasing unto [Him] that they should not be used, only in times of winter, or of cold, or famine.” I do not have diabetes, but I try to eat less meat and diary, and when I watched your video it really inspired me and I thought that THAT IS WHY the Lord doesn' t want us to eat these foods! Cause they cause us illnesses. Thank you for your video! It helped me a lot!

  5. This world would be a dimmer place without you, Adam. It’s deeply beautiful that you made it through and now can shine your light.

  6. Wow. Chills. Such a powerful and vulnerable story to share. Thank you for being brave and honest about your experience. It's inspiring and you are so loved! <3

  7. Yes, powerful! I teared up. My hat's off to Adam and those who helped him. I so wish SO many more people could be helped.

  8. Must be from Texas! Lots of Whataburger bags in your apartment! So glad you are doing so much better and YES you are worth it! Great story and so inspiring 🙂

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