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He told Daily Mail Online: 'It's like I wish I had the heart attack earlier because now I feel great and just want more time with this body.'Doug has been off heart medications for the last two and half year thanks to his whole-food plant based diet.'I feel like a young guy trapped in an older guy's body..the older body is doing great! The change in diet began in 2008 when Doug weighed 225 pounds and suffered a near-fatal 'widowmaker' heart attack.
It gets its name because the left main coronary artery is abruptly and completely closed, causing a massive heart attack that typically leads to sudden death.
The challenge, now in its fourth day, has gotten 1,300 students, teachers and administrators from 36 schools to take the pledge to eat a plant-based diet for 10 days.
Doug's lifestyle change and advocacy for plant-based diets has dubbed him PETA's 'Sexiest Vegan over 50' and he has won a 'vegan cruise' to the Caribbean with his wife next month.
He added that if you're hungry on a plant-based diet, you're doing it wrong.
For those who argue that going green is more expensive, Doug said it is a common misconception and buying rice and beans can cost under three dollars.'Any plant food is typically cheaper than a pound of sirloin,' he said.
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Desperate to turn his life around, he switched to eating only vegetables and grains which has left him 60 pounds lighter within months, with energy to run marathons - and he was soon off all heart medications.
Now the father-of-six has launched a 10-day challenge in his school district of Rochester, New York, that has inspired students and faculty to try the diet that has made Doug feel like he is in his 20s.
Schmidt, a former professional baker with a 'pretty good sweet tooth', had what is called a 'widowmaker' heart attack in 2008 due to his poor diet that included ice cream before bed.