Happy hump day! Thank you so much for everyone’s very supportive blog comments, e-mails, Tweets and Facebook notes in regards to my post on Monday about being diagnosed with PCOS. I (obviously) realize that by publishing a personal story like that I will get feedback, but sometimes it just feels like writing in a journal and I don’t really know if or what kind of response I will get. So, thank you, thank you, thank you! I suppose that by sharing my story with you, then I was hoping to feel supported and that’s exactly how I feel now. I’m also feeling very encouraged to do even more reading and research on how to best manage my condition.
For any other women doing research on PCOS and a vegan diet, so far I have come up with nothing but good reports on how healthy, plant-based diets are good for moderating not only hormones, but some of the risk factors like diabetes and cardiovascular disease related to this condition. I mean, jeez, what doesn’t a vegan diet cure, prevent or reverse?!?
——>To answer that very question: have you seen Dr. Greger’s presentation on “Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death”? It’s spectacular and you can watch it for free by following this link or below. Dr. Greger is quickly catching up to Dr. Fuhrman as my hero, outside of my husband, of course (had to say that so he doesn’t get jealous, ha ha). But seriously, watch it and let me know what you think. It is mind-blowing that we have the cure for nearly every one of the top leading causes of death right before us in our produce aisles, farmers’ markets, home gardens, etc. Powerful, powerful stuff.
Now back to me. As proof of how a vegan diet has helped reduce my risk factors for heart disease, I thought I would just list my numbers from my cholesterol screening from 2010 (pre-vegan) to 2012 (nearly 2 years of being a healthy vegan). Here goes:
Editor’s note: Some of you have written to me saying you can’t see the table I pasted above, so here is a list of my numbers.
2010: Cholesterol 217, Triglycerides 91, LDL (bad cholesterol) 92
2012: Cholesterol 165, Triglycerides 47, LDL (bad cholesterol) 79
The proof is in the pudding, as they say. You can see my risk factors for heart disease are significantly diminished. Yay!
Before I go, I just wanted to post some pictures from the last few days of eating. Combined with wanting to eat really cleanly and it being so hot outside, I’m focusing on salads and fresh fruits. This one I had for lunch on Monday took forever to chew:
I served it with some fresh watermelon from the FM:
For breakfast yesterday, I made a green smoothie using fresh nectarines, almond milk, frozen blackberries and frozen broccoli:
Lunch was a kale salad (pre-massaged):
I dressed it up with some chopped onions, kidney beans and 3 sprouted corn tortillas:
Dessert was a cantaloupe that was so sweet I ended up eating the whole thing:
Besides working on my app and my Medical Terminology course, I’ve also been playing with my dehydrator. My sister-in-law brought me these garden fresh tomatoes this weekend:
I’m actually not a huge fan of fresh tomatoes (they taste too acidic to me), so I dried them a la Nutridude’s blog post seen here. I chopped them into smallish chunks:
24 hours later, they needed more drying, but I tasted one and it was unbelievably sweet!
It was 111 degrees in Palm Springs yesterday and humid, so I’m starting to feel like one of these dried tomatoes. Once they finish drying, though, I plan to refrigerate them and use them in soups once it cools down. For now, stay cool wherever you are and I’ll see you back here on Friday!