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Well I know you'll be digging this, veganhothead . With the new doctor I have, I can log into an app on my iPad or go on a website and send non-urgent messages. This morning I decided to let him know that I'm going to be participating in Veganuary. One is I wanted to make sure he didn't want to test anything additional before I do this and secondly, as a litmus test to see how he would react. Some doctors seem to dismiss a plant-based diet as unhealthy. The fact that on my recent test results that he recommended lowering my carb intake made me wonder.

I mentioned that if the month went well that perhaps I'd continue it. I mentioned that I was doing research on ways to transition healthily as well as I said that I have done "vegan for a week" in the past with success. His response was quick and positive. He thinks it's a good idea and wants to retest my level in May. Wait...May? So I guess I'm committing to this longer term! Oh my! Well, guess I'd better continue prepping, eh?

I'm on three medications to lower my blood pressure. My A1C is slightly higher than it's usual 5.8 at now 6.0. My total cholesterol is slightly high at over 200 - my LDL is a little high and HDL is low. I also have all these structural issues which could use some weight loss and lowering of inflammation. So as long as I don't eat a bunch of crappy processed-but-still-vegan food, I should see some improvements in all of these things.
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amethyst_witch
Dec. 3rd, 2018 05:28 pm (UTC)
So wait, are you going vegan for the next seven months?! Wow! Very cool--I look forward to reading about this effort :)

Good for you <3
missdiane
Dec. 3rd, 2018 05:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks honey *MWAH*
I'll be starting in January because I need to not waste meat/seafood/dairy stuff in my fridge and freezer, but I'll try to gradually transition over so it's not a shock to the system.

I am sooo going to miss eggs and dairy but if it gets me off medication and I feel better, well SO LONG.
amethyst_witch
Dec. 5th, 2018 02:43 am (UTC)
Re: Thanks honey *MWAH*
*nods* Waste not, want not!

This is awesome, Diane. Dairy would be hard for me, too, but when you put it the way you did? I'd give it a shot, too!

<3
spikesgirl58
Dec. 3rd, 2018 06:38 pm (UTC)
I hope it will work for you and you will see those numbers come down.
missdiane
Dec. 3rd, 2018 06:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I feel like I'm falling apart and need to try to reverse it before it gets worse.
spikesgirl58
Dec. 3rd, 2018 06:55 pm (UTC)
You'll be better in the long run for it.
missdiane
Dec. 3rd, 2018 08:44 pm (UTC)
Yeah. Likely not going to be easy but I don't think I have a choice but to adopt a drastic change. Otherwise limbs are gonna start dropping off!
spikesgirl58
Dec. 3rd, 2018 09:14 pm (UTC)
That would be motivation for me, too.
veganhothead
Dec. 4th, 2018 03:46 am (UTC)
Oh I am digging this resolve of yours big time! And I'm glad the doc approves.

If you ever need recipes, or anything just holler.

I can't wait to see you in Veganuary!
missdiane
Dec. 4th, 2018 01:07 pm (UTC)
I'm actually starting to look very forward to it. I'll take any tips you can give me for keeping it going in a healthy way.

I've been watching YouTube videos which are helpful. I'm especially liking Pick Up Limes and want to dig through her website
https://www.pickuplimes.com/
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