They say a repeat customer is a happy customer. That might be why I’ve enrolled in Hippocrates programs four times since June 2017, and why I have a fifth trip planned for November.

I love Hippocrates because it’s a mind, body, and spiritual retreat. For a Type 2 diabetic like me, it has also been a life-changing retreat. Before my first visit, my cholesterol level was 170, my blood pressure was 135/80, and my A1C level was 11. But in the last 13 months, those numbers have improved and stabilized to 160, 130/78 and 5.4, respectively.

I visited my doctor in September 2017, and he said I could stop my all medications because my numbers were so improved. Because I made a lifestyle change and religiously followed the protocol recommended by Hippocrates, my numbers are better now than they ever were with medication.

That lifestyle change includes eating a plant-based diet and exercising consistently. I put sprouts in everything I eat. I also enjoys nuts, beans, raw hummus and spaghetti zucchini.

As far as exercise, I follow the run-walk-run protocol recommended by former Olympian Jeff Galloway. On Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, I alternate jogging for 2.5 minutes and walking for 30 seconds. On every other day of the week I wake up each morning at 6 a.m. and go for a four-mile walk.

My hard work has paid off . I’ve lost 25 pounds so far. For the first time in 25 years I can tuck my shirt into my pants without feeling fat rolls. Also, I went to the beach and for the first time in years walked around without wearing a shirt. I was extremely self-conscious before.

I’m doing everything I can to embrace this lifestyle change, which is why I continue en-rolling in Hippocrates’s three-week programs.

They offer an extraordinary, serene, and loving atmosphere. Each time I go there I learn something new and implement that knowledge into my lifestyle change. I continue going there to recharge my batteries. We’re all going to die someday, but I don’t want to suffer before I die.

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