Day 2: Vegan

Whole Plant Diet

There is a big difference in what I intend to do, versus most people who live on vegan diets. My goal is to be plant based, low fat and no highly processed foods. That means no junk or nutritionally void, high calorie processed foods like Oreo Cookies, potato chips, caramel popcorn, or similar. It means no soy-protein masquerading as meat. And no fake cheeses.

plant based dietI may eventually try making some cheese using nuts and tapioca starch but for now, I am not going to do that either. I think it is important for me to keep nuts out of the house for now, as I can eat a pound of nuts in a day and that would not qualify as low fat. Nuts are one of those trigger foods that once I start, I can’t stop.

For me it is difficult to grasp that one can eat a high starch, low fat, plant based diet and lose weight without really trying. Some people think it is difficult to get enough protein. However, I am going to put my heart into this. I am motivated, and already after only about a week of doing it half-heartedly, I am already noticing a difference in how I am feeling. I was in the process of using up some food that didn’t fit my plan, didn’t officially start until yesterday.

Research Shows

Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn has been very successful in completely turning around heart disease in patients who already had advanced cardiovascular disease to the point that people who needed bypass surgery neither needed surgery, nor had heart attacks even when followed for 10 – 20 years. This is amazing.

Although I have not been diagnosed with heart disease it is inevitable that I have problems. I am 100 lbs overweight, in my sixties, and come from a family where the major cause of later in life health problems was cardiovascular. My dad developed angina in his 85th year. My mom lived to 93 but had high blood pressure when she was only in her 60’s. Her father died of a heart attack when he was 90. Her mother died of a stroke when she was about 75. She had two brothers who died of heart attacks and one sister who died of a stroke. My father was 88 when he died of prostate cancer. Three of this brothers died of emphysema, and one died in his 90’s of leukemia. Of his nine siblings the average age at death was 92. His mother was 96, and his grandfather drown while swimming in a river with a current when he was 98 (in 1840 no less). So longevity dominates in my family.

Breakfast:
Mandarin orange
1 cup rice

Lunch:
Romaine Lettuce/Artichokes/Garbanzo Beans/Black Olives/Dressing
Rice pilaf

Snack:
Jicama sticks
Carrot sticks
Hummus

Dinner:
Roast Potatoes
Broccoli
Asparagus
A calorie tracker shows this to be 1223 calories, 18 gm fat, 236 grams of carbohydrates, 36 grams of protein. The calculator showed this to be 32 gm of Cholesterol but that is incorrect as there was no Cholesterol consumed.