Here’s a vegan muffaletta Carol and I made the other night. The “meat” was baked eggplant. It was great!
This morning I weighed in the 260s for the first time in a long time. I’m trying to get down to 250 before going back to my doctor. It’s pretty ambitious since I’m not really dieting. Last time I saw my doctor I mentioned that I had lost about 10 lbs. He looked at my previous chart and said I hadn’t lost weight. When I explained that Christmas and Mardi Gras had happened between the last time I saw him and that I had lost the weight I had gained during that period, he seemed to think that didn’t count.
Well, I’ll show him next time!
For the month of October, I tried a plant-based diet to see if it would help my diabetes. It’s been pretty amazing. I’ve dropped down to the mid 270 lb range and I’ve not done any significant exercise. Now that my knees are feeling better I will change that.
Since my blood sugar has been 100 or less over the last three days I decided to eliminate my last medication. My sugar was 135 this morning. I’m hoping that with exercise I will be able to bring it down even more and end my need for medication. For me this is huge. I’ve gone from four pills a day to none. The last time I met with my doctor my sugar was out of control. He said the next step was injections. I simply couldn’t deal with that.
I feel a lot better on this diet. I eat fish about once a week and I’ve had a couple of Halloween (small) candy bars and one night I ate two pieces of chicken strips once. Otherwise I’ve been pretty good.
I really appreciate all my friends who are concerned about my new diet. However, there are a few myths about the plant-based diet that need to be dispelled:
- Persons on a plant-based diet don’t get enough protein. Here’s a chart showing how much protein is available in various non-meat foods. I get plenty.
- Persons on a plant-based diet don’t get enough calcium. As a matter of fact, there’s more calcium in my soy milk than in the 2% milk the other family members drink.
- Other myths are discussed in Carol Adams’ article here.
Just ran across this article. It’s even better than Adams’ article.
I was worried my blood sugar would be high this morning because I cheated on the diet a bit yesterday. I took Sammie for a long walk to make up for it.
It wasn’t my fault really. I had a migraine and needed caffeine so I drank a cherry coke. I also ate a bowl of cereal right before bed. I’m glad to report that my sugar was once again 116 this morning. I made a pretty good vegan lasagna yesterday from a recipe on the Whole Foods site. Next time I will add some mushrooms. I also sliced some carrots with the mandoline Bart gave me. Thanks Bart!
I started this dietary experiment at the beginning of the month and it’s been amazing. I’m down from 2 medications and 4 pills a day for diabetes to 1 medication and 2 pills a day. I’ve lost quite a bit of weight and weigh less now than I have since before the Federal Flood.
Three problems though…1. I really miss cheese!
2. I have really bad gas due to the amount of beans and fiber in my diet.
3. It’s really hard to plan for meals. It’s really easy to throw some pork chops on the grill, mash some potatoes, and throw a salad together. I have several vegan cookbooks, but they usually include stuff I’ve never heard of and are hard to find. Yesterday I couldn’t find wheat gluten flour. I did find the tempeh and tahini. Oh well. it’s been worth it.
I had asked one of my favorite students to come by to see me and she stopped in for a visit today. She’s one of the sweetest, most positive persons I know. She’s a Coptic Orthodox Christian from Egypt. We talked about the recent deaths of Christians in Egypt and the protest in DC.
We also talked about how during Lent, Coptic Orthodox Christians abstain from meat and all animal products. I told her about my current diet and she was pleased. It seems that the purpose behind their fast that avoids all animal products is so that they can return to the diet that Adam and Eve ate in the garden. Interesting stuff!
Great news! I’ve gone from taking four pills a day to only three. My sugar was 103 (or 109) this morning. I’m going to move to only two pills a day soon. This is huge for me because a couple of months ago I was considering talking to my doctor about having Gastric bypass surgery in order to help get my sugar under control and lose weight. I’m going to try to get back on the treadmill soon, but for now my knees can’t take it.
This past weekend I was in Long Beach at a conference. While I was there I ate this veggie burger at the Zephyr Vegetarian Cafe. It was great! In fact I had one the next day too.
While I was eating it a guy walked up to me who had just finished eating a bowl full of something there and he asked if the burger tasted like real meat.
I told him no, but that it was very good. He then said, “You are a meat eater right? You look like a meat eater.” I wanted to say, “I know I’m fat, but that doesn’t mean I’m a meat eater.” I told him I had just recently given up meat.
I weighed myself and I’m still in the 70s even though I ate a lot of restaurant food in California. Blood sugar was 119 this am!
Pics of the trip can be found here.
I had two days in a row when my blood sugar was 116. Then I had two days when it was in the low 130s. That’s not too bad. Better than it was before I began my vegan-tarian experiment. Today I weighed under 280 for the first time since before the federal flood! At my highest point I was 306.
Carol’s been very good about trying to help me to eat better. I’m trying to cut way back on animal products but I’m not going totally Vegan because it would drive me crazy trying to avoid all the things I need to in order to be a “real” vegan. I’m also trying to avoid processed sugar and high fructose corn syrup.
But…I will occasionally eat seafood. Now everybody is going to look down on me! Vegans will think I’m wimping out and vegetarian haters will think I’m a hippie. Oh well, at least I’m eating better and kinder and I’m losing weight and managing my blood sugar. Thanks for the support!
BTW Carol made “The Best Vegetarian Chili in the World” for us today. It was really good!
The last two days my readings have been 133 and 129. That’s the best I’ve seen in a long time. I didn’t get finished at work until 9pm last night. It would have been easy to stop by somewhere on my way home for fast food.Instead I ate some peanut butter on whole grain bread and some butter beans.
For my Freshman Seminar class, we are reading Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation. This morning I read that a USDA study in 1996 showed that 78.6% of ground beef contained microbes that are spread primarily by fecal matter.