As many of you know, I have been vegan since July of 2014. For those that have difficulties knowing what that means, I do not eat meat, nor take in dairy. That means no hamburgers, no cheese, no eggs, no milk, no ice cream, no regular chocolate. I did this because I read a good book that discussed research stating nearly all people in the study who stuck to a vegan diet (and they were diabetic) had their blood sugar, their cholesterol, and their blood pressure go down, as well as their weight. For many they stopped being diabetic about 6-9 months into the program.
My blood pressure, sugar, and cholesterol has, indeed, gone down. My weight has dropped a bit. The problem was that, after 17 months of the diet (and being very careful for the first 8 months), I am not satisfied that, the program has been worth it. My feelings are if I would eat reasonably and exercise I would see as much, if not more, positive results.
I do not feel this means it doesn’t work; it just doesn’t work well enough for me.
So, after some deliberation, I have altered the diet for me. I will still restrict myself to more leaner meats. I will still mostly avoid regular chocolate. I will still cut down on cheese. I will still, of course, watch my sugar, test my glucose, and blood pressure, as well as take all my meds.
However, I believe my life will be more fruitful and enjoyable) if I do this in moderation, exercise in moderation (try 20-30 minutes of light-moderate exercise 3x a week), and try to keep more active in general by doing a lot of versatile things.
I no longer love food; I enjoy food, but it no longer rules me. That came out of this diet. I proved to myself and others I could do this for over 1 year. There’s nothing wrong with the diet. If you watch your protein and vary your foods, it is very healthy. I may go back on it again if I start feeling sluggish or gaining weight that can’t be explained by muscle.
I just wanted to keep all of you up to date on me, one of my favorite subjects.
I am making some social changes in my life; perhaps, more on that another time.
In the meantime, let me simply wish you all well, eat healthy, enjoy life, and smile – a lot…