RE: Diabetes and Veganism
Posted Monday, March 1, 2010 at 3:41 PM
Thank you Dr. Don and Essie for taking the time to share your wonderful suggestions and guidance. It means a lot to me. My mom died at age 51 and my father (a diabetic on insulin) at age 62, just one year apart from my mother. They both died of heart attacks. My father was a professional chef and there were never any boundaries on what we could eat at home or outside as children. We mostly ate beef, lamb and buttery, fatty foods. I never liked meat and sufficed with junk food like lots of NYC kids with working parents back in the 70's.
I DO NOT WANT TO REPEAT HISTORY AND DIE AT A YOUNG AGE. I love life and I am reclaiming my health. I have a long way to go, but I abused my body a lifetime so I will be patient and do this the right way. In a group of 20 patients waiting for bypass or lap band surgery, I was the only one who didn't have the surgery not because I am afraid of surgery (I am tough cookie), but because I believed there had to be another way. about 3 yrs ago I was 292 lbs at my highest, 5'6 1/2" tall. I lost some weight and stayed at 278 lbs a long time before turning vegan on January 1st, 2009. Now, one year later, I am 252 lbs on my 48th birthday this February and not a single day of dieting, just eating healthy.
Becoming vegan made it easy for me to say "no" to bad foods. Like an alcoholic who can't have one drink because it leads to more, on a "no animal diet", the misery of having to choose to eat something fattening or not is over. I feel relieved and guilt free.
I will be careful with my fat intake as you suggested Dr. Don and your response has made me hopeful that one day, my inner energy and enthusiasm will match my physical health. I will be fit and won't repeat the same history that took my beloved parents at such a young age.
TO ALL WHO ARE TRYING THIS THE FIRST TIME- if it works for this chubby vegan (soon to be slim and trim, healthy, vibrant woman), it can work for you! There's lots of yummy recipes out there that are animal free and healthy too! GOOD LUCK TO US ALL in this lovely journey to RECLAIM OUR HEALTH and FULFILL OUR POTENTIAL ON THIS PLANET.
To new beginnings and a beautiful life,