Vegan For Life
My Journey To Vegan
Hello, fellow vegans or future vegans. Whether you are doing this for your health or for animals and our planet, I am going to post some of the recipes and experiences I come across as I strive towards a new way of life.
If you would like to just learn more about why it's important to consider the change in your own life, you'll want to watch a few movies on Netflix that will give you some information. One useful film is called Vedjucated. It's an older film, but it has some very useful information about the Dairy and Meat Industries. Not for the faint of heart. While I don't agree that Oreo cookies are vegan if you are doing this for your coronary or heart health, there's lots of useful information in that film. You'll want to decide for yourself. After all, you are the one who gets to live the remainder of your life.
As for myself, my journey began down this road after watching the film "Food Inc." This movie was successful in helping me get off chicken, turkey, and beef. I also quit eating sugar around that time. While my cholesterol dropped 100 points after that, I was still eating oils like grape seed, coconut, and olive. I was also eating fish. My cholesterol was still not as good as I wanted. It was right on the edge of safe.
Why did I care so much about my cholesterol? Both my maternal grandmother and mother spent almost 10 years at the end of their lives not knowing really who they were. In nursing homes. What a terrible way to live out your last days. They had severe arteriosclerosis from eating horrible diets loaded with fat and sugar. I thought I was doomed. My paternal grandmother spent her last days in her own home and lived to almost 90. She had a fantastic life. Her husband, however, suffered a heart attack right after he retired. He died 23 years before her. Why? He insisted on red meat, gravies, sugary desserts and was always a bit overweight. After he died, she stopped eating like him. She kept herself healthy and took a lot of vitamins. The jury is still out on vitamins, but keeping herself trim and having a busy life gave her a great, long existence on this earth.
Although I lost 65 pounds by cutting out red meats, fowl, fat, and sugar - I knew I could do more. I still had about 15 pounds of fat on my body. I wanted cholesterol I could be proud of instead of always fearing I'd have to go on statins someday or end up diabetic.
Let's go back to 2006 for a moment. I was 75 pounds heavier than I'd ever been in my life. My doctor at the VA came to me with scary news. My cholesterol was almost 500!!!!! I could have a heart attack in my early 40's! I was terrified. I started working hard(but not hard enough) at getting my cholesterol down. I was able to get it down to 160 finally this year, but I still think it's not good enough.
i also watched my husband die last year of liver disease that might've been kept in check with a better diet. He and I could never agree on food, though. He loved fast food and sugar. He died at the age of 57.
I was messing around on Youtube recently and ran across a video that has changed my life and health.
Here it is:
Watch it with an open mind and decide for yourself.
Then watch these on Netflix:
Forks Over Knives
Forks Over Knives Extended Interviews.
Watch all all of these, then decide. If you are taking tons of medication for things like diabetes and high blood pressure, or you are carrying a lot of extra weight, you could be at risk of a miserable life of being sick. Or worse, die in a nursing home of dementia or worse.
Take care of your body. If it's not working, the rest of your life will be miserable.
I will be back with recipes, shopping tips, and more.