before I start- here comes the usual drill about the disclaimer and all that- “I am not a doctor or registered dietitian or any other practice that concerns health or nutrition”.
All my tips are based on my own personal experience, what works for me- might not work for you- do your own research and all that.
Now let’s get talking.
*I am assuming you want to have good blood work results .because we are all raised as achievers and this is yet another test.
*I am assuming you understand how important and accurate these blood works can be, and the huge advantage in checking your health using accurate measures, instead of opinions of this or that person.
I am aware that some conventional doctors have a problem with the vegan diet, and they are still under the impression that “a healthy balanced diet consists of meat-poultry- well at least fish!” (………..)
#I am not a health expert and I am assuming all of you are no fools and would rather do your own research on such an important subject as your health, so I am not going to copy and paste here excerpts from medical articles and pretend this is scientific research when clearly- it is not.
Go read and educate yourselves on this subject. many people wish each other good health and some even add that “there is nothing more important than good health:- I always think -this is so true- so why not act like it? meaning- make sure you eat healthy food, get plenty of exercises, get checked once a year, take good care of your teeth (!) and try to eliminate as much stress from your life as possible?
I am aware bad things happen even to healthy people. we live in a very polluted world, and sticking to our cell phones and computers all the time isn’t making it better.
But- you can still try to correct what is in your control.
What you eat, how you much you eat, the amount of exercise you do, and how you relax.
So -once a year I do a full blood test checkup and analyze my results.
*keeping track of my B12 -folic acid-iron levels is super important to make sure everything is under control.
Being vegan it is important to check B12 levels, since B12 is derived from animal sources, and vegans usually supplement this vitamin. This is the only supplement I take, I see no reason to swallow a ton of pills when I can simply eat a balanced full of vitamins diet.
*to that- add the fear of blood fats- LDL- known as “bad cholesterol, and HDL- known as good cholesterol.and let’s not forget about these Triglycerides…
ok let’s analyze it:
this year, (End of February 2018) my B12 results were quite similar to last year (545 if this is of interest to anyone- I understand this is a reasonable number so I don’t linger on it). I take 2 tablets of 1000 mcg B12 a week. no chewing or swallowing- I put it under my tongue and let it dissolve. seems to be doing the job. if any of you people is vegan- please don’t play around with this important subject. this b12 is very important so get yourself checked and decide on supplementing if you are low on that count!
12.6, about the same as last year.
Last year: (February 2018) 190-exactly a year later- 132.
That is a drop of 30%!
Calc LDL (aka “bad cholesterol”) :
last year: 118 this year: 69.
that result was almost cut in half!
last year 73, this year- 56.
also a drop.
my calcium is 9.37 and my protein levels are 6.64, all in the normal zone.
I was really happy with these results.
Naturally because they are good results ( from what I checked- desired cholesterol levels are under 200, triglycerides are under 150 and desired calc LDL is under 100), but because I implemented 2 major changes to my diet the past year, and I have been waiting to check if I was right in assessing it would make a big difference in my results.
The thing is- basically if you want to conduct a study to research a phenomenon- from what I know- you can’t mix in another component …now I have no idea which of the 2 changes I’ve made- is responsible for the great results…but having raised 3 children I will use the old trustworthy method -when in quarrel- call it a tie.
And the 2 changes I made that are (equally) responsible for the change?
#1. I stopped drinking alcohol.
I wasn’t drinking that much before- a shot of whiskey (30 ml)- but I used to have that small glass every night.
I called it my “winding down time” when finishing my chores at home- after a long day at work.
I told myself that this is only 30 ml. what harm can it do? I can’t go to sleep without my “nightcap” and a lot of other BU** S***
I stopped drinking totally on June 2018, although I really liked the way alcohol made me relax, and I love the taste of an ice cold beer in the summer, and a glass of red wine is recommended by the blah blah blah and all those excuses.
I had a hunch that small amount of alcohol is responsible for at least a part of my cholesterol results, that admittedly weren’t high to begin with, but I eat a healthy diet and had high expectations that weren’t met last year. but were definitely met this year.
People- do whatever you want- drink- don’t drink- drink only on occasions- (why? because you are in fact an introvert who dislikes events and would rather be home reading a good book? well then go home and read a good book, my friend!).
It is definitely none of my business
It is your business. totally.
manage your business as you like.
If you are under the impression that you can’t survive without a drink a day, because you are miserable at work and your family this and that and everything else- your choice.
I can tell you the first few weeks without my “nightcap” weren’t nice at all, but afterwards, I got used to not drinking.
I don’t bother to imitate with a glass of wine filled with cranberry juice, because I care not what people might think of me.
I actually find it extremely funny should they think I’m too much of a nerd to drink, knowing the opposite is true…
So I drink water, and when a glass is raised to make a toast-I raise my glass of water.
I decided that what’s in my heart is more important than what’s in my glass, and if the person concerned is not ok with my choices- well I think he or she didn’t deserve me raising a glass of anything to begin with.
#2: the other major change I made- in January 2019 I started intermittent fasting.
Read my previous post to learn what and why and how :
and read if you are interested in other peoples opinions.
So there is a tie between stopping to drink alcohol and intermittent fasting- but who cares?
Both decisions are evidently good for my health, I feel great, once getting used to them- I no longer experience any discomfort practicing them, and let’s face it- eliminating alcohol and dinners is quite a money saver too!
I absolutely have no respect for what other people might think of my choices, as long as they pass my strict tests: they are legal’ good for my health, make feel vital and energetic, and make my skin look good. and they don’t cost a lot of money.
enjoy- the cooliflower.
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