RE: Hi All -- glad to be here --
Posted Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 9:25 AM
...my goals: I am here to learn about planning my menus to better stick with this healthy way of eating. I need to make exercise a normal part of my day and lose some weight.
I'm in my 4th year of feeling more energy and being off diabetes meds as a vegan. My A1C (for those who know about such things) is now normal -- 5.2.
My doctor looked me in the eyes a couple of months ago while we were discussing my lipid levels. We had agreed it was best if I could get my body to lower those levels (or in HDL's case to raise). He prescribed diet and exercise, looked me in the eyes and said simply and sincerely, 'you can do this'. Just calmy, 'you can do this'.
Well, I gotta say your doc is right - you can do this, but I prefer to say "I will do this". It somehow makes us step up a little closer to the plate.
Lipids! For many people, fats need to be really limited in the diet, even those from plant sources. Dr. McDougall and Esselstyn have had dramatic success with these approaches, and it dovetails perfectly with the 21 - day PCRM guidelines - just be aware of fats.
Keep it simple: fire up your rice cooker, get a pot of beans cooking and cans of beans to make it easy, stock up on veggies and fruits and you're there.
Congratulations on your new commitment!