Monday, August 8, 2011

Going Vegan

The latest segment in our blood-sugar-issues saga…  J

The diabetic cat is doing very well.  He is down to only 1 unit of insulin per day.  He has come a long way from having to have 7 units twice a day at the beginning of all this.  (!)

He’s such a sweetie and takes his shots so well, and is very brave when we have to poke his little ears with the glucometer.  Bless his heart.  ♥ 

(We give him lots of his favorite fishy treats for being so good!)

As for Mr. Man… he had been following the typical low-carb diet and taking his apple cider vinegar faithfully.  But it turns out, the ACV was lowering the reading after a meal, but his morning fasting numbers weren’t ever as low as he’d like.

(Not that he ever really mentioned that to me…)

But then one day I saw a link on FaceBook to the Forks Over Knives video trailer.  Here it is, in case you’re interested:

And that made me remember the book, The China Study.  So I got some books out of the library like The Engine 2 Diet, Neal Barnard’s book about reversing diabetes, etc., so I could read up on this whole thing out for free.

The proponents of a plant-based diet say that the animal’s fats and proteins “gum up the cell’s locks”, as it were, and the insulin can’t get in.  But if no animal products are ingested, the insulin is free to function normally.

(With Type 2 Diabetes, people make plenty of insulin but their body can’t utilize it.) 

So I got the books, started reading and thought, yikes, how extreme.  What was I thinking, checking these books out?
How could we ever do that??

“That” was giving up all animal products to eat:  meat, dairy, eggs, cheese…  Anything that came from animals:  milk, ice cream, cheese, chicken, yogurt, sour cream…

Did I mention cheese??  J    hahaha

But as we read the books, and the more we learned -- the more we thought, this is it.  It just makes too much sense.

(The hilariously ironic part of that story was, that afternoon I had put some chicken breasts in the crockpot to bake and while they were cooking, we read the books and went vegan.  The raccoons ate very well that night.)

So!  What do we eat now??
Burgers, pizza, ice cream…

Of course, they’re veggie burgers, pizza with soy cheese, and non-dairy but oh-so-delicious ice cream.

Even simple brown rice and ranch-style beans works, too!  As does the humble peanut butter and raisin sammich on delicious Ezekiel bread.  J

And it’s been a fairly easy transition.  Even eating out.

At Freddy’s we get veggie burgers…  Ditto at Flatire, but they also have sweet potato fries (!).  At our favorite Mexican restaurant we get vegetable fajitas, rice and beans, even a salad.  At the local café near us (InterUrban) we can get whole wheat pasta with veggies.

Even at the Republic Gastropub, there was an absolutely wonderful gnocchi veggie dish.

It’s been a real surprise to both of us that at most restaurants, there are more options than you’d think.

Qdoba/Chipotle is probably the easiest, but even our favorite BBQ place is good ‘cause all you do is get sides:  green beans, baked beans, fried okra, a green salad.

Yummy, I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!  J

As for protein worries, beans and soynuts are loaded with protein.  And I can get soynuts at Braum’s, for cryin’ out loud.  (But I like the dry-roasted kind from HomeLand better.)
Talk about easy protein.  ¼ cup = 13 g.!

Honestly, if you knew me well, you would see how this suits me so. 

I’ve never been good at cooking “flesh”.  In all these years of marriage I’ve gotten away without ever making a Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey.  And I have always thought of ground meat as PlayDoh, just to be able to deal with it.  J

And don’t even ask me to de-bone a chicken.  Yuk!!!

Oh, don’t get me wrong.  I *love* bacon.  I will definitely have it on my birthday, and probably before.  I doubt I can do ANY thing 100%.

Like, if I go somewhere and have ranch dressing or cheese on something--big whoop.  So, maybe I’m an “Almost Vegan”--that part just doesn’t matter that much to me.

Getting my husband’s A1C numbers down does.

And since we’ve been eating vegan, his morning fasting bloodwork numbers have been much lower -- often under 100!

So, it’s a new frontier, but very surprisingly, not as difficult as you’d think. 

It’s like that book:  Instead of This, Eat That.

You buy soy milk instead of regular.  Soy cheese and Purely Decadent Dairy-Free Peanut Butter Zigzag ice cream instead of regular cheese and ice cream.

Stuff like that.

And Oklahoma City is FINALLY getting a Whole Foods, so that will really help and actually make this all really fun.

So!  That’s the latest on treating borderline prediabetes from here.  Vegan.  Who knew??

Lucky Dog  ♥

1 comment:

  1. Appreciated all of your info. on vegan foods. However, I am married to a man who would rather live a shorter life and eat less of the things he likes than go through this kind of eating change. However, I do love ice cream and I must say that the picture you posted looks very inviting. I might even try it.....but only after I struggle through Phase I of South Beach!! (At the moment, I cannot even bring Blue Bell in the house. It is terribly addictive!)