A couple of weeks after embarking on the DASH diet, I was donating blood and mentioned it to the phleb. She started talking about Forks over Knives, another dietary approach to lowering blood pressure. So I came home and found the movie on Netflix and watched it. What an eye-opener! Doctors have done research and learned that countries that eat a plant-based diet have lower rates of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, dementia and osteoporosis.
I am on week 2 of this plant-strong diet and have lost 3 pounds. I am monitoring my blood pressure to determine when I can safely stop taking my medication. I get my labs drawn in October, which is when I will know if my cholesterol has come down so I can stop taking that medication as well.
To quote Dr Terry Mason from the movie, "If it walked, hopped, swam, crawled, slithered, had eyes and a mom and a dad, don't eat it." Furthermore, if it came out of something that walked, hopped, swam, slithered, had eyes and a mom and dad, don't eat it, either.
I really hate the word vegan. When we had our bed and breakfast I dreaded having a guest tell me she was vegan. It seemed easier to give her $20 and let her go out for breakfast. So, I borrow from Rip Esselstyn, author of the Engine 2 Diet, and say that I am eating "plant strong."
I am "giving up" meat, poultry, fish, seafood, dairy and eggs. My goals are to lower my blood pressure, lower my cholesterol, get off all meds for BP and cholesterol, improve the health of my GI tract (putting it politely), and lose weight. I look forward to getting to eat grapefruit again, once I'm off those da*n statins!