family wanted to change but the diets that they tried just didn’t work for them. Mom and dad knew that they had to do something soon. They wanted to be around to see their children grow up.” After working with both parents and children,for over a year, Wood revealed that everyone concerned is now in much better shape. “They not only look better,the family feels better,too,” he said. “When a person cuts out all of the heavy red meat, dairy and processed food from their diet, they feel so much more alive.” Wood said. “Men and women who have adopted eating plant-based foods suffer much less heart disease, cancers, obesity and type two diabetes. One of my clients has been able to reduce his daily insulin by a significant amount.” In addition to his food and nutritional coaching, Wood also delivers meals to cancer patients and the elderly at home. It’s one way of “giving back”. Wood loves living in Astoria. “It’s a tight-knit , diverse community and there’s a real sense of being away from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan”. Wood added that Astoria is a “ great place to put down roots.” Wood’s journey to Astoria started many years ago, in a small, quaint fishing village on the southeast coast of Scotland, where he was born and raised. “Eyemouth was a wonderful place. You could smell the fresh sea air, everywhere you went,” Wood said. “The water was clean and all of the food we ate was organic.” But Wood dreamed of seeing the world. His travels took him to Madrid, where he worked as an English teacher and to London, where he lived for seven years. Wood’s time in the British capitol would change his life forever. One day, he attended an animal rights convention at the famous Earl’s Court Arena. Shocked and dismayed by the cruelty to which animals were subjected to, for consumption as well as for medical and cosmetics testing, Wood became a vegetarian on the spot. Soon after, he made the move to New York City and he has lived here since 1996. You could say that it was love at first sight. “I just couldn’t get over the energy here,” Wood said. “There’s nothing like it, anywhere in the world.” For several years , Woo performed volunteer work at the Hospice of New York. At the hospice, he encountered many patients who were dying from cancer and heart disease. He became determined to help people fight these devastating illnesses by re-inventing their diet and daily food intake. Upon obtaining his certification in health coaching, he was well on his way to a gratifying, new career. It was around this time that Wood made another major change in his life. A close friend who was vegan educated Wood on the cruelty that was rampant in the dairy industry. Wood has been vegan ever since that conversation. “Remember, mate,” Wood said, as our interview came to a close,“ Whole plant based food isn’t just better nutrition,it is also preventive medicine and helps us reduce our carbon footprint. Factory farming is one of the very worst culprits where pollution and poisoning our planet is concerned.” With that, Wood mounted his bicycle and prepared to ride off into the winter sunset to see a client. Marc Stafford Wood is changing the world for the better, one person and one delicious meal at a time.
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