Tuesday, January 8, 2013

I'm going vegan: Day 1

Against my lifelong approach to eating, I choose to go vegan.  Why?  Because I watched the documentary Forks over Knives and as I watch family members deal with both cancer and heart conditions.
And ..... Several in My family have gotten sick and many, on both sides of the fence, are on meds. There are studies that show eating meat, poultry and other living animals cause more high blood pressure, cholesterol issues, and diabetes. People who go off meat and go vegan reverse the majority of their symptoms and many (studies show) end up no longer having to be on meds. So, for selfish reasons, I want to live a long and healthy life (as much as I can control anyway), so the answer in your words, for 'sustainability' and 'health'

I am doing this, mainly for my health.  It is proven since 1960 that a plant-based diet reverses certain diseases. Doctors suggest that eating a plant-based diet reverses these conditions and enhances cell creation.    I am going to test this concept out, myself.

The first thing I am to do is research.  I have gathered a list of books and documentaries on the subject.

The second thing is to make a doctor appointment, get all of the baseline information about blood pressure, Cholesterol, and so on.  We'll see where my health is and how it improves.

Here is the list that I will be reading through the course of my transition.

Forks Over Knives ?
Processed People (watch special features too – lots more interviews)

The 30-Day Vegan Challenge: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Cleaner, Getting Leaner, and Living Compassionately by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health by Gene Stone, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn Jr.
21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart: Boost Metabolism, Lower Cholesterol, and Dramatically Improve Your Health by Neal D. Barnard
Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Caldwell B. Esselstyn
The Engine 2 Diet: The Texas Firefighter's 28-Day Save-Your-Life Plan that Lowers Cholesterol and Burns Away the Pounds by Rip Esselstyn
The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health by T. Colin Campbell, Thomas M. Campbell II, Howard Lyman and John Robbins

I did a little research on the internet about becoming vegan and here are some tidbits.
How does the Vegan Diet work?  While vegetarians eliminate meat, fish, and poultry, vegans take it a step further, excluding all animal products—even dairy and eggs. (Vegans are often animal rights activists who don’t believe in using animal products for any purpose.) So say goodbye to refried beans with lard, margarine made with whey, and anything with gelatin, which comes from animal bones and hooves, too. Fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes will be your staples.

Will I lose weight?  Likely. Research shows vegans tend to eat fewer calories, weigh less, and have a lower body mass index (a measure of body fat) than their meat-eating counterparts. If you’re doing it right—i.e., eating lots of fruits, veggies, and whole grains—you’ll likely feel full on fewer calories than you’re allowed each day. With that “calorie deficit” and a little physical activity, you’re bound to shed pounds. How quickly and whether you keep them off is up to you.

 Does it have cardiovascular benefits? It could. An eating pattern heavy on fruits and veggies, but light on saturated fat and salt, is considered the best way to keep cholesterol and blood pressure in check and heart disease at bay.

Now here's the kicker, It's lunch time and I started going through my cupboards and refrigerator and low and behold almost everything in it has milk, cheese, meat, you name it.  Boy, this isn't going to be an easy task.  Especially, when I love mashed potatoes with butter and guess what mashed potatoes are whipped with, you got it milk.  Looks like I'm going to have to do some shopping.  In the meantime, there are a couple of large bags of frozen veggies.  I also looked up lasagne because that is one of my favorite dishes and I know, how I make it anyway, is with a large clump of cheese, cheese curds and parmesan with of course, Italian sausage.  So, I did find a recipe and will shop to try this out.

I told my family that I'm going vegan.  My husband's response, yeah right.  Then he asked what it entailed.  I told him that I can't eat anything living, anything with eyes.  No milk, butter, eggs, or meat.  He couldn't understand why I couldn't eat eggs.  Well, I'm still reading, and so far that's where I'm at.

As far as what I ate, I  cut up a whole grapefruit and fried up some mixed veggies with olive oil.  A very large plate, steaming hot.

Yummy so far.  I'll keep you posted!!!

Stay tuned...

?Items I completed.

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