Jamie Smith had a mild stroke 14 months ago at age 50.
Smith decided to be kinder to himself. He stopped drinking alcohol, quit eating red meat and dairy and started drinking a gallon of water a day.
Smith also opened a taekwondo school in Simi Valley’s Wood Ranch Shopping Center and wrote a book about his healing and losing 50 pounds.
“God doesn’t sit us down and say ‘Here’s the life I want you to live,’” he says. “But if you’re lucky enough to survive a stroke or a near-death experience,...