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It is not news that a plant-based diet could benefit us by lowering the risk of heart disease and enhancing mental health, however, it wasn’t until Kate Dunbar, a 59-year-old from Norfolk, gave it a go that she saw a significant health improvement.


A few years back, arthritis had severely affected Kate. It was so painful that walking or running was out of the question. She suffered from inflamed joints in various body parts, including her feet, knees, and shoulders.

At the peak of her condition, she was confined to her bed, heavily reliant on pain medication, and also struggled with a complication known as iritis that nearly cost her vision in her left eye. Observing a link between her dietary habits and her symptoms, Kate decided to manage her health proactively.

She found that consuming red meat and cheese seemed to aggravate her arthritis. Therefore, she followed a vegan diet after learning about the Vegan Society. This dietary shift positively affected her health, allowing her to reduce her reliance on medication, though she still experienced occasional bouts of arthritis.

The real change, however, came when Kate opted to go one step further in her vegan journey and switched to a whole-food vegan lifestyle. This involved avoiding oils and processed foods and consuming more whole grains, fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, herbs, spices, beans, and lentils.

Changing her diet in this way not only helped her walk again but also enabled her to achieve something she never thought she could – running a marathon. Today, Kate attributes this incredible feat to her vegan lifestyle. The very same woman who was once bedridden due to arthritis pain now runs marathons fuelled by the power of plant-based foods.

Kate’s story is an inspiring example of how a mindful diet, particularly plant-based, can transform lives. Her experience shows that even when faced with chronic health conditions such as arthritis, one can reclaim their life and accomplish seemingly impossible goals.

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