Today’s type 2 diabetes reversal testimonial features San’Dera Nation – now San’Dera Prude (her married name) – featured in the documentary Forks Over Knives
San’Dera Nation’s transformation in the documentary Forks Over Knives is impressive. She is eloquent and compelling in her description of how type 2 diabetes hypertension (high blood pressure) affected her well-being and affected her life, before she learned how to reverse type 2 diabetes and reverse her high blood pressure during the course of the Forks Over Knives documentary.
Plus, she just seems like such a nice person, as well as a devoted mother of five children. From the beginning of her story, all the way through to her dramatic excellent health turn-around, Forks Over Knives viewers are rooting for her.
Note: After the documentary, San’Dera’s married name became became San’Dera Prude.
As you watch Forks Over Knives (online link below), when we first meet San’Dera Nation in the film, she describes some of the health conditions that led to her type 2 diabetes (and high blood pressure) diagnosis, and it’s easy to empathize how frightening it would be to experience those symptoms.
As San’Dera described the strange illness,
I wanted to say something, but it wasn’t coming out. I was getting really shaky and sweats, and then I was cold and sick and fatigued, and my stomach hurt and everything. So I went to the doctor, and that’s when he diagnosed me with hypertension and diabetes.”
I was in denial for a while. I heard what they said, but I was in denial, like, [shaking her head no.] I still ate things I shouldn’t have. I didn’t really get the education that I needed to know, so I really depended on that pill to save me.”
– San’Dera Nation Prude, Forks Over Knives
This was not the health destiny she wanted. Instead, she was willing to choose health, with the guidance of Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn and his wife, Ann Esselstyn.
The documentary follows San’Dera Nation as she meets with renowned physician Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn (who is also a former Olympic rowing champion) and his wife Ann Esselstyn.
Dr. Esselstyn recommended that she treat her illnesses with a whole foods, plant-based diet. Dr. Esselstyn and his wife Ann helped San’Dera learn about the kinds of delicious, filling whole food plant-based foods that could reverse her type 2 diabetes and bring her blood pressure down to normal levels (along with helping her to avoid all of the kinds of diseases that are caused by eating the standard Western diet.)
It was a little hard, because I had been eating fatty foods and grease and everything for 38 years, for as long as I can remember, so it was kind of hard to go from that to changing the next day completely.”
San’Dera persisted in her choice to regain her health. San’Dera described a moment of weakness, in which she was a little tempted by a less-than-healthy food, but then Ann Esselstyn called her out of the blue, just to check in with her to see how she was doing. San’Dera appreciated the support from Dr. Esselstyn and his wife Ann, checking up on her and encouraging her. “It gave me chills to know that she called at that moment.”
San’Dera also described how, as part of her journey to health and reversing type 2 diabetes, she kept a journal and wrote about the challenges she faced in her journal. She encourages others facing similar challenges to keep a journal and write about those challenges, as a way to stay strong and know that it’s okay; you can do this.
In the documentary, the narrator pointed out the irony that San’Dera works at a diabetes outpatient center (where patients are treated with standard prescription drug protocols), but San’Dera herself chose to cure her type 2 diabetes instead through whole foods plant-based nutrition.
Within only two months after switching to whole food plant-based foods, San’dera experienced dramatic effects on her type 2 diabetes and hypertension.
Since I’ve been on a plant-based diet, my blood pressure has been wonderful. My blood sugars are [down in the 80s, 70s, 60s.]
So I was alarmed when it was 60. I thought, ‘Aah! Isn’t that bad? It’s 60?’
[So] I talked to the diabetes educator, who is wonderful. She said, ‘No, that’s a normal blood sugar. You’re pancreas is working, your diabetes is reversing.'”
From San’dera’s description in the film, her own regular physician seemed — skeptical — about San’Dera’s new lifestyle, and didn’t seem to even understand why San’Dera would have the goal and determination to get off the diabetes drugs entirely. San’Dera described her physician as exclaiming, “What is that doctor trying to do? Take you off your medications?!”
San’Dera affirmed, “I’m looking like, [nodding yes], “Yes, I’m hoping — that’s the goal.”
Diplomatically, San’Dera simply noted, “So there are still people we have to make believers.”
By the end of the documentary, San’Dera shared how much she enjoys some of her favorite foods: fresh fruit. She described the delicacy and sweetness of white peaches and how peaches now had become for her the sweetest, delicious treats, because her taste buds have become more attuned and sensitive, now that she has switched to whole foods plant-based foods.
[I agree with Ann Esselstyn that eating whole foods plant-based foods,] ‘you really start tasting the real taste of what you’re eating,’ cause I’d eat a peach, and you’d think… I was in heaven with my white peaches I get to eat, and that feels good to be able to eat, bringing the sugar down, losing the weight, your whole everything changes.”
– San’Dera (Nation) Prude
San’Dera’s excellent results went far beyond reversing her type 2 diabetes and hypertension.
Mentally, [I no longer have] the sluggishness, the fear of the disease progressing. Because I feel I’m in control and have power of taking it back the right way now. So, mentally, I feel great. I’m eating the things I should eat. . . . You know, I think we’re a little dependent on, our doctors and the medications. We should take a little bit more responsibility and check it out for ourselves.”
San’Dera summarized her transformation in the Forks Over Knives documentary, with some excellent inspirational advice for anyone who wants to reverse their type 2 diabetes, or help someone you care about reverse type 2 diabetes, through solidarity and your support:
Tomorrow marks 20 weeks [eating whole food plant-based foods].
I’ve lost 45 pounds. I’ve reversed the diabetes.
I don’t have to rely on the medication.
I have a lot of energy that I didn’t have before.
My children love it.
They’re so proud of me, and they tell me all the time.
I had a little saying that I’ve carried around [with me]…,
and it’s ‘Win the war.’
‘Do not let one lost battle end the war.
If you do break down and give into temptation, do not quit.
Just get right back on track.
Not tomorrow, but right now.’
The diabetes is not coming back.
I’m not gonna let it come back, nor the weight.
The message is, you’re in control of your life.“
– San’Dera Nation, Forks Over Knives
If you are reading this because you or someone you care about is struggling with type 2 diabetes, know that you do have a choice to change your health destiny.
Reading about others like San’Dera (Nation) Prude who made the choice to reverse her hypertension and reverse her type 2 diabetes helps you to believe and understand what is possible.
In addition to San’Dera Nation’s testimonial, Forks Over Knives also follows the transformation of another type 2 diabetic, Joey Aucoin, as he reversed his type 2 diabetes, and reversed his high blood pressure, in 8 weeks, and lost more than 28 pounds in 22 weeks eating whole foods, plant-based foods, just as San’Dera Nation did.
As documented in Forks Over Knives, San’Dera (Nation) Prude reversed her type 2 diabetes by switching to whole foods plant-based foods, including her favorite fruits and especially, white peaches.
Her example shows that other people suffering with type 2 diabetes also have a choice to choose health and transform their health simply through choosing whole foods, plant-based foods.
Learn how to reverse type 2 diabetes naturally, lower blood pressure and prevent diseases as San’Dera Nation did in Forks Over Knives! First, watch the movie, Forks Over Knives (links below). Then read the step-by-step how-to companion books to the film (links below), which give you all of the information you need to get started on your journey to health for life.
As you begin to make diet and lifestyle changes, it is important to note that anyone making effective diet and lifestyle changes like these must do so under the close supervision of their physician so that their physician can reduce and eliminate the diabetes medications when and to the extent they are no longer needed.
Continuing to take diabetes drugs when they are no longer needed would be very dangerous, so it’s important to work closely with your medical doctor and let them know you are making diet and lifestyle changes since this will require your medical doctor’s supervision and adjustment of the medication levels until and to the extent they are no longer needed.
FIRST: Watch Forks Over Knives to learn how San’Dera Nation reversed her type 2 diabetes, naturally, and got off all of the diabetes drugs and hypertension drugs, in weeks.
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NEXT: Follow the Same Plan that San’Dera Nation and Joey Aucoin Followed to Reverse Type 2 Diabetes Naturally
Read this book by medical doctors who were featured in Forks Over Knives, Dr. Matt Lederman and Dr. Alona Pulde (step-by-step plan, including delicious recipes – everything you need to get started):
Read this companion book to Forks Over Knives edited by Gene Stone, forewords by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn and Dr. T. Colin Campbell (with delicious recipes):
Watch the movie Forks Over Knives, read these two books and follow the step-by-step detailed guidance to learn how to reverse type 2 diabetes naturally.
What do you have to lose?
What do you have to gain, as San’Dera Nation did, when she reversed her type 2 diabetes by following the same steps that are available to you in step-by-step in detail in these Forks Over Knives companion books?
Learn More: What is the Cure for Type 2 Diabetes?