‘I have lots of energy’

by Betty Wrenn Day - Posted on Aug 03, 2011 - 05:10 PM

Photo: Now a true vegan, Peter Stephens has all the perfect ingredients on hand for breakfast, lunch and dinner, according to the book his new lifestyle relies upon. Photo by Betty Wrenn Day.

Now a true vegan, Peter Stephens has all the perfect ingredients on hand for breakfast, lunch and dinner, according to the book his new lifestyle relies upon. Photo by Betty Wrenn Day.

In 1992 the Vegetarian Times magazine took a poll that estimated that 13 million Americans, or 5 percent of the population, consider themselves vegetarian. Of the vegetarians, 4 percent were vegans; that amounts to nearly 520,000 Americans. Peter Stephens of Gloucester, is among this number, whose total has surely grown in the 19 years since the poll was taken.

Peter’s decision to become a vegan did not come until about a year ago. "I was having some heart problems. Following a lot of examinations and tests, it was decided I needed bypass surgery. A friend of mine suggested I read "Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease" by Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr., M.D. Reading Dr. Esselstyn’s book convinced me I would not have the surgery and I changed my eating style according to his protocol. I am now a true vegan. That means no meats, no dairy products, no fats, no fish, etc. It has been a complete turnaround to what my diet used to be, but I have not deviated from the diet since I began. My health has improved. I’ve lost 40 pounds and I feel good and have lots of energy."

Peter says he eats lot of fresh vegetables. "I have three salads a day, before I eat anything else, consisting of all sorts of greens, spinach, lettuce, kale, etc. I’ve even created my own salad dressing."