May 16, 2010

My Experience going Vegan!

Well, since my last lab work at the doctor's office for a regular routine exam with a new Primary doctor, my results were totally off the charts! I was quite disturbed by this. He took me off my statins and all vitamins and suggested the Vegan Diet for six weeks, as a process of elimination to find the culprit of why my numbers on my blood work are out of whack!

Sigh, the first week without any meat was o.k. But no dairy definitely added more frustration, as I can't start my day off without cream in my coffee in the morning, so I began to read about antibiotics in poultry and other diseases of fish, cow's milk, etc. Oh my.......what is there left to eat? That soy stuff doesn't do it for me. Forget about Tofu.....not my favorite thing. (it just won't go down)

I read that a Vegan is a very strict vegetarian who does not choose to eat or use any animal products at all, from dairy and eggs to leather, wool and honey. While this is a major transition from my eating habits and forget about the leather, wool and you think I would actually give up my Gucci, Prada, and Coach????? I wear wool when up north for warmth........I love honey in my tea when I don't feel good. Who started this Vegan stuff???? I can understand a Vegetarian more than I can understand a Vegan.

The doctor suggested I purchase the book "Eat to Live" and use it as guidance and understanding eating off the land.

Grocery shopping is a challenge and exhausting reading labels. I take a list of all animal ingredients to avoid, and look for them on the label. There are hidden animal products in an amazing variety of foods, so this was depressing and time consuming for me.

I started to look at my natural foods I used to eat and the ingredients were short and understandable, I didn't have to figure anything out whether the product came from an animal or not.

I was getting so frustrated trying to modify my own recipes. Most non-vegan recipes can be made vegan by substituting some of the products using what they call simple tricks like replacing eggs with cornstarch and water in baked goods. Most introductory to Vegan sites online explain these tricks. Those tricks don't make your own recipes taste the same and, therefore, I'm not enjoying my food!

The cravings for normal food is overwhelming. Eating a salad twice a day is so boring...............tons of fruit daily, I'm really have a hard time with and you cannot substitute it with juice as your fruit. I tried to explore a variety of vegan food that is available in "WholeFoods", the pricey organic store.

FridgeI hate to tell you the amount of  money I wasted on food that tasted like cardboard and ended up throwing away or down the disposal. I love vegetables but having it for your main course is so different than having it as a side on your plate!

Did I forget to mention the doctor said no alcohol........that means no wine with my dinner! He dare say that to an Italian?

Well, two weeks have gone by and I spent a great deal of money at Wholefoods and I have lost 12 pounds.......that part is great but I'm miserable. I want a pizza, I want a veal cutlet, I want to smell my Sunday gravy simmering on the stove with meatballs and sausages!

 I want my wine and a visit from Johnny Walker or Mr. Dewars  now and then would be lovely.

Did I forget to mention the gas that is associated with being a Vegan? LOL  My next lab work is Tuesday and I'm praying for a major improvement in the test results!


  1. Sounds awful! Still, if it's needed for your health I suppose its worth it. Good luck :)

  2. The graphics are terrific! 12 pounds in just two weeks!!! Wow!! You must be a real BABE now!!!!!! Congratulations!!!


  3. Wow! 12 lbs in 2 wks is great! I could never be a vegan either. Although my sister has been a vegetarian for 40 yrs, she does eat fish. Sounds like your doctor is having you do a detox. When I was trying to eat more healthy, my doctor told me to read labels and don't buy anything that had more than one ingredient listed. After reading what was in bottled salad dressing (unpronounceable stuff), I now use just olive oil & vinegar with my own herbs, or sometimes just lemon squeezed on salads. Tofu? Gross!!
    Good luck!!

  4. hahahahaha
    I enjoyed reading your "Vegan" Experience.
    I do think it's a healthy system (you lost 12 lbs!!) but
    yes, boring.
    I like the idea of not eating meat and adding in to the cruelty
    of animals but...
    as you said....there's meatballs, sausage and pizza calling! LOL

  5. i was raised as an 'economic vegetarian' and dabbled with the vegan thing- soy milk but regular cheese was my 'exception' plus all the soy/ tofu wannabe foods.

    the amount of soy i was ingesting was really messing with my hormones and my doctor actually suggested i start eating meat in small doses.

    i eat meat and dairy now on a regular basis and have pretty good numbers. i hope your next checkup results in a solution so you can enjoy your routine again.


  6. Don't be discouraged. Twelve pounds in this short time is fantastic. I'm sure your next blood test will show all your hard work. Janice

  7. Try Silk soy creamer . I do French Vanilla. After my illness in 2004 I had to say bye bye to dairy with ice cold skim milk at that time being my go to drink.
    Now I drink Silk soy regular & it really works ice cold.
    You'd be surprised but seriously give the creamer a try & good luck.

  8. I've had to give up more and more things I enjoy lately due to my Acid Reflux getting worse.

    I can't necessarily have caffeine, chocolate or fried - spicy foods. Cooked tomatoes are out, so there goes Spaghetti and red sauce.

    Come to think of it, I'm pretty close to being a vegetarian myself. Red meat irritates the heck out of me.

    Every once in a while, I can't take it anymore and throw caution to the wind; just to eat something I want. Boy, oh boy, do I suffer for it.

    Hope you don't have to stay on this diet too much longer hon. (Hugs)Indigo

  9. Look Rose, why don't you just come out with it so we can see how you feel! hahahahahahahahahaa!

    I'm like everyone else though, the side effects of the 12 pounds is nothing to sneeze at (If you wanted to drop them).
    I don't think I can do the complete vegan thing. I admire those that can but some of us feel we need to eat the chickens to keep from being over fan by them. HA!
    But hang in there. Here is hoping the numbers are impressive, and things get back in order.
    Love from NC,
    Jack & Sherry
    PS:The bull dog on the Shipslog is our son Mark's bull, MJ. She is deaf.

  10. Everything in moderation. After the doc gets a handle on what is causing your blood work issues, you should be able to start introducing some of the foods you like into your diet. Not sure I could give up meat and alcohol.

  11. I'd have to say to hell with the doctor. Life is for living and tasting to the fullest! hope you can return to your regular meals soon....

  12. That does sound like pure torture. I hope you can start eating normally again and that things work out with this new doctor. All these new ideas about what to eat are not my cup of tea at all.

  13. Wow, congrats on your healthier diet and I hope you're getting used to it. I've done quite a bit of reading on health and nutrition over the years and -- while I'm not "vegan" -- have over time modified my diet a lot, cutting out most processed sugars and anything with'trans fats,' limiting but not eliminating meats and dairy. Maybe your doctor will let you add some fish (especially wild salmon) and poultry to the diet. I'm with you on the Tofu -- I used to think it was horrible -- but over time I've found you can get used to it every now and then (seems to all depend on how it's prepared). Anyhow, good luck with the diet ... I think you're doing yourself a big favor and I bet you'll feel better for it.

  14. I love that silk vanilla milk....It was great in my coffee, and oatmeal....
    Stay with it Rose, it is not easy and maybe you will be able to add a few more things to your diet real real soon....
    I will be looking for those receipes that I told you about and send them to you....
    Take care

  15. I'm afraid that if my doctor told me to go "vegan" I probably wouldn't do it. I like salads and fruits, but I like Tony Roma's ribs and Ruth Cris' steaks as well.

    Stop paling around with Messrs. Dewar's and Walker-Black? I think not.

    They tell ne that "Mending your ways, exercising and diet will add five years to your life." I say, "What am I going to miss...drooling?"


  16. Hi Rose,
    I do raw vegtables during the week. On week-ends I eat what I want. I have lost some weight.
    But Imelda Marcos has nothing on me I will never give up leather shoes and boots.


    Donna Ying