Local doctor spreading the word on eating healthy foods

If you're looking for a way to a healthier lifestyle, you might want to talk to Dr. Norm Boeve. Boeve, who has phased out his practice as an orthopedic surgeon in Grand Haven, is working full-time at maintaining a healthy lifestyle. At age 72, Boeve competed in this year's duathlon portion of the Grand Haven Triathlon. He credits his plant-based diet (vegetarian meals) and exercise program for being able to compete in such a strenuous event.
Len Painter
Jul 22, 2011

“God has given us wonderful bodies and that we have a powerful responsibility to take the very best care of them,” Boeve said. “If we do that properly, we are doing our duty, and we can be healthy and active and enjoy a good quality life — even with advancing years. Our state of health and well-being is strongly influenced by what we put into our bodies and how we use them. Evidence shows — and I personally believe that a plant-based diet is the healthiest — and that regular exercise is extremely beneficial.”

Boeve and his wife, Carolyn, have taken that message to heart. They eat very little meat. Boeve said he and Carolyn began regularly following a plant-based diet in 2009.

However, Norm admits that Carolyn has been an advocate of good nutrition since the 1970s when she joined a food co-op and became interested in nutrition.

“When she tried to feed us a meatless meal, the four boys and I put up a fuss,” Boeve said. “She relented at that time, but over the years has taken excellent care of our dietary needs. She has always been aware of health issues in our diet, thereby providing us with some protection, although we didn’t fully appreciate it.”

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