Winner of the NYC Mayoral Democratic primary, Eric Adams follows a plant-based diet. The Brooklyn borough president shared his story with the mindbodygreen podcast in June.

Adams’ journey to a vegan diet started when he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. He had a stomach ulcer, nerve damage, and other health issues. This was in 2016, when Adams shared, “Sugar, fat, salt, processed—that was my diet.”

“I normalized the discomfort of being unhealthy,” he says. “I normalized aches and pains, not being able to sleep. I thought it was part of life.” After his transition to a plant-based diet, he saw changes immediately.

“Three weeks after [following a] whole food plant-based [diet], my vision came back,” he remembered. “Three months later, my A1C went down to 5.7. My cholesterol normalized, my blood pressure normalized, my kidney numbers normalized. I dropped 35 pounds. I woke up, and I wasn’t feeling discomfort anymore.”

Now he loves eating vegetables and discovering new foods. “The fountain of youth is found in your fridge,” he says on the podcast. “That’s where you must start.”

In addition to improving his own health through a plant-based diet, Adams tries to help others make similar, healthy changes in their diet. In Healthy at Last, the plant-based nutrition book that he co-wrote with Gene Stone, Adams talks about preventing and reversing chronic illnesses with a plant-based diet, specifically appealing to the African American community. He also has a page on his website that features a multitude of resources on plant-based nutrition.

Adam’s activism has also focused on the environment and animal welfare. In schools, hospitals, and jails he advocated for Meatless Mondays as well as the introduction of non-dairy alternatives. He was also a supporter of the foie gras ban of 2019 and a push for NYC to consider food in its climate goals.

Read more about Adams and the mayoral race in One Green Planet.

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