Hello and Welcome to Episode 58 of the podcast and this week I was lucky enough to interview the amazing Jeff Tritten from A Respectful Life!
Chef Jeff is a long time restaurateur. He is a former restaurant owner, and has managed several large banquet and catering food operations. In his most recent restaurant endeavor, Jeff was the co-owner of Smoke BBQ in Saline MI. Over the course of a little over 5 years of owning the BBQ restaurant, he gained over 130 lbs and was suffering from severe edema (swelling of the extremities), sleep apnea, elevated liver and kidney enzymes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, pre-diabetes, and severe arthritis..
After being hospitalized due to severe abdominal pain which was most likely caused by the 2100mg of daily ibuprofen and an additional anti-inflammatory he was prescribed, he decided to take his health into his own hands. Upon release from the hospital with prescriptions for even more medications, and upon the advice of a plant based relative that told him that 'food is medicine, do the research', Jeff quit ALL of his medications and began a mostly plant based diet.
In 3 months, he lost 80 lbs., got rid of his high blood pressure, severe edema, sleep apnea, and prediabetes. After watching Forks Over Knives a few months later, he ditched dairy and eggs, and has now lost over 165 lbs. in 20 months, his cholesterol and blood pressure have normalized, his blood work lab results are excellent, and his arthritis and joint pain is minimal.
Jeff is a passionate plant based diet advocate. He has personally seen the massive results of not consuming animal products, and has coached many others in their journey to good health. In the process, he has created many plant based recipes in order to help others on their journey toward good health. Jeff currently owns the blog 'Respectful Living', and spends his time creating recipes, writing plant based nutritional information articles, being a small group leader for Plant Based Nutrition Support Group, PBNSG.org, and bringing plant based nutritional information to his local community at their farmers market and senior center.
You can hear more from Jeff on his Blog where he shares, recipes, resources, and if you live in Ann Arbor, Michigan area, you can even hire him as your own personal, plant-based chef to wow your friends with delicious plant-based food at your next party!
Don’t forget to check out Jeff on Social media here:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/respectfullivin Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/MindfulLife1/
If was so great to meet Jeff and to hear his story and if you enjoyed listening please feel free to SHARE his story with your family and friends on social media :-)
Thank you Jeff for coming on the show and thank you all so much for listening and supporting this podcast each week.