Sunday, October 6, 2013
Anybody who knows me, knows I have struggled with weight all my life. When I was younger, it was pretty much all vanity. But now that I'm older, it has more to do with my health.
A few weeks ago I went to our school district's health fair and had blood drawn. I got the results back a few days later and was pretty pleased with the results. For my age and weight, I'm in fairly ok health. But I was also taking 2 medications for blood pressure, and another prescription to help me sleep. Not to mention I'm wearing a black boot because of nerve damage (not necessarily health connected- but I'm sure recovery would be easier if I was lighter and more positive).
I went to see a new doctor not long after that, and told her I'd like to get to a point where I don't have to take any medications. That's when she started talking to me about being vegan.
It made total sense. When I came home, I looked at the resources she had given me, and did some digging around on my own. I contacted friends who were vegan and asked questions. The more I learned, the more I knew I needed to move in that direction, but began thinking of all the foods I love that I'd have to give up.
At this point, I have decided to do it, but gradually. I have an ice box full of dairy- yogurt, cheese, milk. As things run out, I'll be looking for vegan substitutes. I also dearly love eggs. So I am not going cold turkey- but trying some new things and looking for ways to tweak existing dishes and make them more vegan.
So far, so good. I haven't had any meat in over a week (I won't miss it that much). I did have some sushi on Friday- so seafood will be a challenge. But I'm keeping a positive attitude. I am trying to eat mostly plant based Monday - Friday, then allow myself to eat as I'd like on the weekends. Hopefully as each week passes, the weekends will be less like a binge and more like an opportunity for an occasional treat.
My plan is to share the recipes I make here, and also give my opinions on the vegan substitutes I buy and use.
It will be an interesting journey. I hope you stick around to take it with me!