Plant-Based Health With Dr. Ashwani Garg

Plant-Based health with Dr. Ashwani Garg

We invited Dr. Ashwani Garg to talk about his experiences with plant-based diets for his family, his patients, and himself. Dr. Garg is a Family Physician at Advocate Health and Clinical Associate Professor at North Central College. Inspired by works such as Forks Over Knives, he has adopted a plant-based diet and works with his patients to make healthy lifestyle changes.

What led you to a career in healthcare?

Dr. Garg: When I was in high school, I was very interested in the sciences. I went to school at HPME, which was an honors program in medical education.

They accepted me directly from high school and gave me an acceptance for undergrad and med school at the same time. So it was a unique opportunity that I came to Chicago for.

What made you decide to go plant-based?

I was signing up for new life insurance and got a few checkup labs. I saw just a few abnormalities here and there, a little bit of high blood pressure. At the same time, some of my patients went plant-based, and they had amazing transformations. Some of them helped improve their health, but there were some who were already healthy; it moved their health to the next level.

I went to the library, got some books and watched some Youtube videos, and I haven’t looked back since. At the same time, my family and I had a trip to Thailand. By default, my wife’s family is vegetarian. When it’s Thai food that’s vegetarian, it’s by default vegan.

So for one week, I ate all vegan food. On the way there and on the flight back, we didn’t want to get sick so we ordered vegan meals. I said, you know what this is one week? I saw in three months my lab values transformed. My blood pressure was perfect!

Did you transition your children to plant-based?

So many parents don’t want to upset their children; they want to be more a friend than a parent. The thing is, we’re charged with their health; we’re the ones who get affected when they get sick.

The interesting thing was the move to reduce and eliminating meat came from their own ethics. Around age seven or eight, they said “no more meat. We don’t want anymore.”

What message do you want to leave to our readers?

Eat plants, move more, stress less, and love more. That makes it easy to remember. Those are the main ones, and then of course there’s sleep, health, and mindfulness.

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