The evidence is… do it and see what improvements it gives…. It’s better felt than telt! If you want to see evidence in other people, then there are many many on-line testimonies, and there’s me too. On a one to one, face to face, I will tell you how low I became, and go into gory details to you or anyone else if they are sincerely interested.
I would rather have my mind, my energy and my health than ANYTHING else after God…. even if that means people disown me… even my own family (none have). I say this because I was so so unhappy, fatigued and lacked energy and had some very unpleasant chronic conditions.
As a result of what I did, things turned around for me. I am SO MUCH happier and relationships around me improved vastly as my health and confidence soared. My way of eating (or abstinence from certain things), and keeping healthy comes with me now, and I still do have to assert that now and again. I will not sacrifice my own health or harm myself (a temple of the Holy Spirit) just to fall in line with someone else’s expectations with what I should or shouldn’t put through my mouth, or do, or not do.
As for you….be strong and be brave. Go and do what you need to do to make your own body strong and healthy. Learn how to love and take care of yourself, then you’ll then have so much more energy to love and take care of others, life is so much more rewarding and more fun that way! The second greatest commandment that anyone could follow is to love someone as they love themselves. If you hate yourself, de-value yourself, or disrespect yourself in such a way that you don’t even want to take care of yourself, then it makes it so much more difficult to love and take care of others.
If someone want’s to disown you for you wanting to turn around your own health then that is up to them. Some people have made it pretty clear to me that they do not respect me, what I do, or my views. I just get over it and hang around with others who do! For the vast majority of people, although they say they couldn’t do it themselves (I believe anyone can!), they do hold me in high regards, which I find it quite an honour. I also have so many more friends nowadays. Was what I did the right thing to do? Oh most definitely!!!! If I could turn back the clock, I would have done it 30 years ago.
I’ll end with one of my favourite quotes… Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind. Bernard M. Baruch.