To Vegan or not to Vegan…

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…

Namaste,

Scott

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  • Indira  On November 22, 2015 at 1:12 am

    I think everything in moderation is the good motto.

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  • rogershipp  On November 15, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Best of Luck with your new endeavour. I, too, am watching my weight as I get older. After trying many things, I have settled on the moderation and attempts at fruitful exercise. I am maintaining- but I am not at the present going lower. I hope this works out for you!

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  • August McLaughlin  On November 13, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    Congrats on your progress, Scott! I’m vegetarian (nearly vegan), namely for ethical reasons. So glad to hear you’ll still be mostly plant-based, and that you’re prioritizing flexibility over all, too. That’s so important for maintaining lifestyle changes. Good luck!

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  • A Star on the Forehead  On November 13, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    Wow, good for you for sticking to that diest for over a year and for realizing it is not the best thing for you at the moment. I know I could never do it, well, I could, but I don’t want to. I am looking to have it all in moderation – sugar being my worst problem. Good luck to you as you re-adapt to a less restricted diet, but I suspect that you will not be hard 🙂 Many blessings!

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  • Debra Kristi  On November 13, 2015 at 12:21 am

    I have cut out all dairy and sugar (when I don’t slip). As far as meats go, I only have grilled meat, at the most, once a day. I don’t even have fruit. I’ve been sticking to the fresh veggies. Like you, I don’t love food. I can’t even say I like it much anymore. I don’t know if it’s having the same positives result. i lost some weight, but I find if I indulge myself one meal (soup and break) the weight I lost the day before comes right back on. I’ve decided we aren’t meant to eat beyond a certain age. LOL.

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