Eric Adams: NYC's First Vegan Mayor On Why Healthy Food Is A Human Right
We live in the most prosperous nation on Earth—and yet we’ve never been more unhealthy. Chronic illness is killing us and bankrupting our economy. 70% of Americans are obese or overweight, and by 2030, 50% of Americans will be diabetic or pre-diabetic.
It’s insanity—and a reality that today’s guest lived, transmuted, and has committed his life to changing.
Meet New York City’s first vegan mayor, Eric Adams.
At age 54, Eric woke up unable to read his alarm clock. Concerned about his vision and numbness in his extremities, he reluctantly went to the doctor, who delivered a grim diagnosis of advanced Type II diabetes. Progressive eyesight loss was inevitable. His nerve damage was leading him on a path to amputation. Going on a battery of medications for the rest of his life was a given.
Refusing to believe his fate was sealed, Eric decided instead to take matters into his own hands. Rather than googling ‘living with diabetes‘, instead he googled ‘reversing diabetes’. What he found was a plethora of support, science, and experts — many of which have appeared on this show — that inspired him to ditch his lifelong allegiance to the standard American diet in favor of a whole food plant-based diet.
Within weeks of this nutritional shift and without any medication whatsoever, Eric’s symptoms subsided and his diabetes indeed reversed. His vision returned. His nerves repaired themselves. In the months that followed, he lowered his cholesterol by 30 points. He dropped 35 pounds. And a new lease on life was signed.
Now five years hence, Eric is the fittest he’s ever been. His remarkable transformation inspired him to create radical initiatives as Brooklyn Borough President to improve the nutrition, health, and lives of New Yorkers and beyond. A commitment he’s adamant about expanding as New York’s next mayor.
Those who have followed this mayoral race closely know it’s essentially been focused on one issue: law and order. Lost in the media cycle about today’s guest, however, is his incredible commitment to revolutionizing health policy, the direct result of his very personal experience with chronic lifestyle disease. So today we dive into Eric’s remarkable journey from ill to well, and the purpose-driven mission it has birthed within him to revolutionize health not just in NYC, but across America.
I suspect you will end this exchange wanting to know more, in which case you should check out Eric’s book, Healthy At Last: A Plant-Based Approach to Preventing and Reversing Diabetes and Other Chronic Illnesses.
I appreciate Eric for taking time out of his busy schedule to talk to me. We only had a tight hour—but we really made the most of it.
Peace + Plants,
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- Connect with Mayor Eric Adams: Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook
- Book: Healthy at Last: A Plant-Based Approach to Preventing and Reversing Diabetes and Other Chronic Illnesses
- BKLYN: Brooklyn Food Policy
- BKLYN: Resources for Eating a Plant-Based Diet in Brooklyn
- New York Times: Eric Adams, Once a Political Outsider, Conquers the Inside Game
- New York Times: An Inspiring Story of Weight Loss and Its Aftermath
- New York Times: Eric Adams Wins Democratic Primary for New York City Mayor
- Wall Street Journal: The Eric Adams Lesson for Democrats
- Vanity Fair: “They Can Tweet All They Want”: Eric Adams On Weed, Beyoncé, And The Housing-Sleuth Haters
- New York Post: Mayoral hopeful Eric Adams: My vegan diet saved my eyesight — and my life
- Eating Well: How the Brooklyn Borough President Turned His Diabetes around by Becoming Vegan
- LiveKindly: Vegan Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams Launches Plant-Based Nutrition Page to Help the Community Get Healthy
- NPR: Why A Black Teen Who Was Beaten By Police Decided To Join The NYPD
- VegNews: NYC is one step closer to getting its first vegan mayor
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