Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams shares how a plant-based diet saved his life

When Adams was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, his life took a turn, but he thrived by embracing the power of healthy food.
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Transcript for Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams shares how a plant-based diet saved his life
Back here on "Gma" on this thriver Thursday. Also thankful Thursday and I'm thankful along with my production company to bring you the story of former long serving police officer and current Brooklyn borough president Eric Adams who has dedicated his life to serving his community. His life changed when he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes but you know what, he turned it all around by embracing the power of food. One day I woke up and I couldn't see the alarm clock on my stand and realized that I was losing my sight and had a pain in my stomach that later turned out to be an user, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, but the real crisis I was facing that I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I remember being at the doctor's office and told that I was in the late stages of diabetes and he shared with me, you know, you're going to be on medicine the rest of your life. You're going to lose some finger, possibly some toes because of the nerve damage and you're going to be injecting yourself with insulin and you'll lose your sight. It was very significant, an emotional for me because, remember, I was still a public figure and it was through that comfort of embracing and leaning into the learning moment of that time that I was able to see myself through diabetes. I learned the power of food and what food does to your body and how there's a disconnect between what we eat and the chronic conditions we're living through. I learned how to use food, a plant-based diet to reverse my conditions and when I D so three weeks later my vision came back. Three months later my nerve damage went away, my diabetes went in remission. I couldn't even tell you when the user went away, it's just one day I said what happened to that pain in my stomach. I had medicine for one week and never had to take it again. It's been four years. We changed that impossibility into a possibility. Yes, into possibility. Joined by registered dietitian and nutritionist and good friend to "Gma" Maya feller. Good to see you as always and, you know, a lot of people are -- they watch this piece and they think, okay, seems almost too good to be true. What do you say to them if they want to try something along these lines? So there's absolutely power at the tip of your fork and your nutrition choices can really have a positive impact on all of your health outcomes. The first thing that I would say to people is think about how you can add more plants into your day-to-day. You have to make it your own, right? You've got to follow your own cultural food pathways and one way that I like to do it, I've always been a lover of the breakfast salad in the morning, yes, I'll have a salad just like this and put a little egg in there, customize, make it your own and I get plants in the top of my day. Looks delicious as well. A lot of people will say, but I'm going to get hungry if I don't have the right protein, if I don't have the meat. How can you substitute vegetables for protein and still feel full and satisfied? Yeah, so beans are a fantastic source of plant-based protein but they're also an inincredible source of soluble fiber and what it does, it helps to keep you fuller longer and delays the stomach emptying and you don't get such big blood sugar spikes so what I really say to people who are looking for plant proteins is add beans into your diet. Have them at least once a day. It helps with hunger and satiety. And get that fiber in ere. That's right. Get that fiberin. And something, people, it goes beyond salt and pepper. So many different ways they can use spices to help new this regard. Yes, yes, and you know especially with diabetes, the added salt and added sugars can really wreak havoc. I saline into the alternative spices. You see this huge bowl here, it's onion, garlic, ginger, all sitting right next to my stove and when I start any dish I add it in. In addition, I use fresh herbs and these fresh herbs just bring up the flavor and give life to any wonderful thing that I am making? It's wonderful for people to know the power of food that you can really change so many things about your aspects of your life simply by your diet. That's absolutely right. I mean the choice is theirs. They can make intentional choices around nutrition and it can change the trajectory of their health related out comes. Maya as always, thank you. Looking good at home. We miss you. Thank you. You take care. I miss you all too. Bless your heart. Okay this, is just one part of Eric's incredible story. You can watch his full episode along with our beyond thriving panel where you get more suggestions on how you can adopt this. It's on my Facebook page right after "Gma." Now to ginger and, ginger, I'm

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