Adam Sud and his mom Lecia graciously agreed to a joint interview when we met up at Healthfest in Marshall, Texas, a month ago. The downside of an in-person conversation is that I don't take notes. Luckily, Adam has a bio all ready for people like me:
Adam Sud is only 34 years old and he’s already battled against obesity, type II diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, drug addiction, fast food addiction, and severe depression.
Once weighing over 300 pounds, he had lost all interest in life. Addicted to fast food and prescription drugs, Adam dug himself out with plant-based nutrition, after attending an Immersion with Rip Esselstyn.
Having reversed all of his chronic health conditions and losing 160 pounds, Adam is now health coach for the Whole Foods Market Medical and Wellness Clinic in Austin, Texas.
He is also an addiction recovery counselor who has developed a program using plant-based nutrition as a tool for strengthening recovery and relapse prevention.
Adam and Lecia spoke openly and often poignantly about their journey, pain and suffering and anguish and guilt and worry and regret and all.
Having a mother's perspective on Adam's journey was so powerful – as was getting Adam's perspective on what his mother and father went through during his “tough years.”
We talked about:
- growing up with ADHD
- not fitting in to a rigid educational system
- the allure of Adderall as a recreational drug
- becoming a “good” drug addict, hiding the evidence, and scoring enough product
- the challenge of being an identical twin and searching for a unique identity
- Lecia's guilt at missing the signs
- consuming up to 10,000 calories a day in fast food
- “there's no rock bottom other than death”
- getting into rehab
- discovering the Engine 2 immersion
- “If I'm the problem, I'm going to be the solution”
- adopting a whole food, plant-based diet
- pushing through discomfort past “good enough”
- why AA fails so many addicts
- the importance of not replacing one addiction with another
- Adam's work with Whole Foods Market
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