Really, I have written and re-written the headline for a few hours on and off and it kept coming off as the title of an infomercial. Annoying for me at first, but there are some wonderful reasons why today’s topic sounds like something that everyone wants, because it is what everyone wants. No I’m not trying to sell you anything.
As a matter of fact a billion dollars a day is spent on trying to avoid heart attacks and strokes. People do try to change their diets but the typical diet changes only alters their numbers downward by 10% on average.
What I did is being done more and more by people from all walks of life. For the last six weeks I’ve eaten a 100% plant based diet. No meat, fish, dairy or eggs, No added sugar or fake sweetners, and no wheat.
All I did was change my diet to a plant based diet for six weeks and there was a 57% drop in my bad cholesterol numbers, Also my high blood pressure normalized and my blood glucose levels are now cut in half. I also dropped 30 pounds. All of that is without exercise (nothing against exercise, in my case I’m disabled and unable to exercise).
Below is a plant based crust with no oil, topped with vegetables and homemade vegan parmesan cheese. Plant based means be creative.
“But”, you say, “what about your protein and calcium levels?”
The blood work after 6 weeks of eating like this shows that my protein and calcium are firmly in the normal levels. So I’m doing great. Between the beans, nuts, grains and greens, I get plenty of both protein and calcium plus iron as well.
I am both surprised by this and relieved. Would have been a bummer to see that LDL drop 57% and other positive changes, but for the plant based eating to turn out to be unhealthy.
I’ll be honest I had to really do some serious research. I was forced to find a new way of eating. I credit information found in documentaries and books written by researchers for helping me make sense of it all so I kept it healthy. (Would 6 weeks of eating nothing but Swedish Fish candies have been as effective? I doubt it).
Some of my favorites include the book and documentary “Forks Over Knives” that is on Netflix and I believe YouTube. Books and studies written by Ornish, Dr. Neal Barnard, and those other doctors/researchers associated with “Forks Over Knives”.
It’s been like a rebirth. The icing on the cake is that it’s improved my memory and ability to focus.
When you are disabled, and start qualifying for Senior Discounts, what more can an old lady ask for? I walked out of that doctor’s appointment yesterday as if I were selected to be Miss America. It was like winning the lottery.
Removing animal products from your diet, when you’ve done your homework, can be safe and can possibly help to improve your physical and mental health.
It’s not hype. It’s just vegetables, fruit, beans and grains and whole lot of research and praying.
Below can you spot my before (April 2018) and 30 pounds lost after (May 2018) photos? Hard to believe they are the same person, but they are. The rest are the foods that I came up with to enjoy. Recipes to come in future write ups. Note I have disabilities that make me swell up. The diet has helped to reduce the inflammation quite nicely.
Never Give Up On Your Health.
I’m not affiliated with any of this, but I want people to know about this. If you are around St. Louis, MO on July 14th, 2018, please consider registering and attending the St. Louis Plant-Based Summit. Register Here