I started my journey towards a healthy heart at the end of last August. What prompted this journey was a visit to my doctor who informed me that my cholesterol was way up there and I needed to get my butt on some medication. If you want to know the whole story, read my about me page.
Heading down the road to veganland has not been an easy one. The only thing I have stuck to 100% is that since last August, I have not eaten any land meat. Nothing that walks the earth has entered my mouth. If it has hooves or a beak, it is safe from me. I miss things like a good hamburger and bacon; the two go together quite well.
In my home I do not cook with dairy or eggs 90% of the time. I have found some great alternatives. I am still having trouble finding a great tasting flavored “coffee mate” and “whip cream” replacement for my morning coffee which I enjoy about 3 times a week . I still eat seafood. I am not ready to stop that yet.
When I go out to eat I don’t usually stress too much. I do not order meat, however, I know that many of the things I have ordered include eggs or dairy in the ingredients. This is what I have a hard time with, then of course there’s chocolate but that’s another story. While recently eating out with meat eaters, I got the eye roll while I was ordering because I was asking questions. It’s not easy because there is not this huge support system and I don’t have any vegan friends. My husband aka “grill king” has been extremely supportive and has actually cut way back on his meat intake. He even went with me to a vegan restaurant recently (I’ll blog about that later).
I live in a small town and recently went to one of the restaurants where I learned that the only thing I could safely order was a salad and a baked sweet potato. All of their vegetables and beans had meat parts floating in them for “seasoning” and “flavor”. What is up with that? Basically, a vegetarian cannot eat there.
Now for my health status…. I recently had my blood tested again while off my medication. I was really nervous about having this done because I did not want to hear from any family members about how I’ve been doing all this non-meat eating stuff and it hasn’t worked and blah blah blah blah blah. The truth is I would never hear the end of it if my cholesterol was not lower and everyone would expect me to go back my meat eating ways. Not happening!!!
And the results (drum roll please)……while my cholesterol is still not as low as it needs to be, it has DROPPED 40 POINTS!!!!!!! Yes folks, that is 40 points just from giving up land meat. What has this done for me….it has encouraged me to continue on my path and to find a way to completely rid my diet of dairy and eggs, cut back on the oils, say goodbye to fried foods and cut back on the “whites” while adding in more whole wheats/grains. Once I get this mastered, I’ll have that blood work done again and see if I dropped further. The only thing I am not yet giving up is my seafood but I may limit it to twice a week. So, I am somewhere in the middle of my journey and my blood test results have made it a happy middle. Having a happy middle validates everything I am doing and encourages me to keep moving forward.
For all my relatives out there that have this “hereditary cholesterol gene,” take note and stop eating all that meat!!!! That goes for you Uncle George and you Aunt Peggy and you too sister dear. There are others; you know who you are. Go have something healthy and meatless instead. I love you all. Enjoy!!!