Almost 3 months into transitioning into a vegan lifestyle. An update.
Vinny Sal says it must be his Catholic school upbringing that makes him feel guilty if he cheats on his vegan diet. He believes that is what has helped him to stay so disciplined.
I feel guilty too. Yet, my feelings of guilt are more feelings of exasperation with this darn Hashimoto’s disease!
#Vegan2016 – First 45 Days
The first 90 days I was feeling great. Lighter, in fact. I was sleeping better and I had more energy. When we went to visit my son’s college tour, I noticed walking around the campus and taking multiple stairs did not bother me. I was neither winded nor fatigued.
I learned that dairy I can never have dairy again in my life. And thanks to Daiya Foods www.daiyafoods.com and Earth’s Balance Vegan Soy-Free products Vegan Soy-Free products Vegan Soy-Free products Vegan Soy-Free products Vegan Soy-Free products Vegan Soy-Free products Vegan Soy-Free products Vegan Soy-Free products Vegan Soy-Free products Vegan Soy-Free products www.earthbalancenatural.com that has helped me become dairy-free. When I don’t have a lot of time to prepare vegan lunches, Dr. Praeger’s Veggie Burgers www.drpraegers.com taste great.
I must admit there were times that if I saw another bean on my plate, I was going to bean on my plate, I was going to choke the chef. But for the most part, Vinny Sal has found several ‘comfort food’ recipes that have been easily adapted to the vegan diet.
#Vegan2016 – Second 45 Days
In the last 45 days, I have noticed significant Hashimoto flare ups. My joints, particularly in my hands, hips, and feet are inflamed and ache. Although Vinny Sal and I are trying to keep to the NO Salt-NO oil-NO-Sugar, I have not been good about NO gluten. Unfortunately, I have to finally wrap my brain around all the science on Hashimoto’s which means I cannot have even a little gluten if I want to prevent autoimmune flare ups. I have been eating too much high protein whole grain bread and pasta with gluten.
Hashimoto’s sufferers often have bouts of extreme anxiety (usually at odd times of the day and night) if they are not receiving enough Selenium and other nutrients. I tried adding Selenium supplements and eating plant-based foods rich in Selenium, but to no avail. http://thyroidpharmacist.com/articles/hashimotos-and-anxiety
My doctor advised me to stop ingesting caffeine. I have 1-2 cups of black coffee in the morning and then tea in the afternoon and evening. I don’t think I can give up caffeine totally, but I can cut back on my consumption. It has always been difficult to drink the recommended amount of water. So I repurposed a golf stroke bead counter as an 8 oz. water counter. I push down a bead each time, I drink 8 oz. There are 10 beads. I have been able to achieve six 8 oz. of water. Now, I need to become disciplined to use my new water gauge tool every day.
#New Hashtag – Next 90 Days
The next 90 days I will be modifying my diet to eliminate gluten, and continue to be diligent with our rule of NO Salt-NO Oil-NO Sugar. In addition to a plant-based diet, I will be adding two meals a week that include sardines and salmon (perhaps “clean” chicken, if necessary). Vinny Sal will continue to be #Vegan2016. My new hashtag is #Veganess2016 – plant based diet complemented with animal protein from sardines/salmon. Exercise! Exercise! Exercise!
Exercise! Exercise! Exercise!
Now that spring has sprung, there is no reason not to get outside and exercise. I writing a list of simple exercises I can accomplish in my everyday work life – take the stairs, park in the furthest parking space, etc. On the personal time side, I will be setting a weekend appointment with the pups to take long hikes at the local state park. I have always enjoyed mowing the lawn so Vinny Sal and I are investing in a walk-behind self-propelled lawn mower to mow our half acre lot rather than using a lawn service.
#Vegan2016 – #Veganess2016
There are too many benefits to a plant based diet to throw in the towel completely. Vinny Sal is losing weight and feeling great on the vegan diet. I’ll continue to modify the plant based diet to help manage my Hashimoto’s, and hopefully, I will start losing some weight too. The most important thing is better health – whatever that looks like!to a plant-based diet to throw in the towel completely. Vinny Sal is losing weight and feeling great on the vegan diet. I’ll continue to modify the plant based diet to help manage my Hashimoto’s, and hopefully, I will start losing some weight too. The most important thing is better health – whatever that looks like!
Until next time… Vegan You Can!