New diet – vegan plus, over the moon, I’m trying!

Embarking on a new nutrition course is always challenging. But look how appetizing my new chop bowl looks!

Being proactive, of course, I’ve done some research on how to balance my diet and add nutrients that might help my recent carotid turbulence diagnosis.

To begin – I’ve been eating without beef, pork, chicken, turkey for a couple years. In addition to which, I gave up carbohydrates (potatoes, pasta, rice, etc.). And sugar!! Not easy – I like ice cream as much as the next guy.

But perhaps I’ve been complacent. As thin as I am, things are not going as well as I thought they might. Ref, the carotid turbulence. Out of nowhere…

I spent some time looking through my pantry, and I found that my peanut butter (protein) and my thin-sliced bread (only 40 calories, no fat or cholesteral, format for my tomato and peanut butter sandwiches) and reduced-fat mayonnaise may not be all that great. And, OK, I’ve been eating 6 eggs a week, I just love egg salad.

After a lot of research, here’s what I’m trying. I ‘m making ‘chop’ bowls with lots of good stuff, no carbs, a bit of protein. And some ingredients that combat cholesteral production and adhesion in veins. Those tomato lycopenes and beet betains are intriguing to say the least. Plus it happens that I love beets.

Ingredients: One lean chicken breast for protein, 1/2 cup beets, 1/4 cup carrots, 2 plum tomatoes, 1/4″ vidalia onion, 1/2 cucumber, 1.5 cup cooked quinoa.

I don’t get hungry before midday so I can prep this before my afternoon nap and munch away for the rest of the day 🙂

Snacks? Carrots and mandarins. I like a little something by me at night while I’m reading. Indulgence…pretzels.

Anyone else going to these extremes? And please, take me out for pan pizza.

Ciao – Coco

8 thoughts on “New diet – vegan plus, over the moon, I’m trying!

  1. Good for you Coco! Twice a year for 7 days I go on a Stone Age diet – no sugar, no salt, no meat, no dairy, no fats. I lose 5kg. It’s tough but totally doable. Best thing to reduce cholesterol is to eat apples. Remember the old adage…An apple a day…it’s true.
    I’m supporting you all the way and possibly share a few more of your recipes?

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  2. I commend you. I thought your diet was already harshly restricted(understandably for health reasons). You must have incredible will power to not succomb to little indulgences on a regular basis. You are one impressive lady.

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  3. Dr Michael Gregor at nutritionfacts.org has a lot of good things to say about eating vegan, Getting a good olive oil is a challenge. Not at the supermarket. Sarah thehealthyhomeeconomist has a lot of info on healthy fats. I’m following Matt Stone and trying to eat more food to keep my metabolism up. My body temperature is mostly below 98. I don’t eat milk or milk products or any grains. They give me inflammation. I do eat butter and eggs. Really miss bread and cheese and ice cream and licorice and rice and cake and donuts. I could go on! Eating more fruit and vegetables. Totally bypass the bakery aisle at the supermarket. I use tapioca flour a bit and I like eating beans and nuts of all sorts. It’s a challenge alright. Surprising what a difference food can make though. Ayurveda is all about using food for health and no side effects!

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  4. I cook for my married daughter who has stage 4 colon cancer. She was advised to give up all animal protein and sugar when she was diagnosed over three years ago. I’ve found Forks Over Knives helpful – both the cookbook and online recipes as well as other IG sources (i.e. Plant Based Ben). She just participated in a trial at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, MD last month where she was in-patient for 3 ½ weeks. She’s now on a neutropenic diet and this is extremely challenging. She has to continue with clean eating but nothing can be in its natural state. Everything has to be well cooked – even fish must be cooked to the point of being “overcooked” (dry)- for fear of bacteria. This means no fresh fruit or salads during the warm summer months. But like you, she never complains as she’s battling for her life (she has 2 young children) – so she has a lot to fight for at age 39!

    Following a new diet is always a challenge. I wish you well and hope this helps with your medical issues. Sending hugs and keeping you in my prayers.

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    1. I LOVE pan pizza, so much that if I’m going to indulge, I’ll go up to our local Italian restaurant for theirs. Um – keep the door open!! 🙂 Coco

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      1. Oh my goodness, and your diet as you described was already so spartan. What will power, indeed! If I may ask, did your doc and diagnostics point to your cholesterol being too high .. the bad fats.. tho hard to believe it could be just the eggs? I do know our brains especially need the good fats. Do you like, can you eat avocados?
        I’ve just added avocado oil to my life. Figure if the good fat in avocados is so good for us (‘cept for the weight ; ), the oil must be, too. I’ll find out at my annual checkup in 6 weeks. Tho I’ve not commented here, I want you to know you’re just a delight to read, a refined, classy, elegant lady, whose sewing info I and I’m sure so many others truly appreciate. I pray God’s blessings of robust health for you for many, many years, and I wish you all the best in this new adventure. Also, remember, a 2nd opinion never hurts.

        ~Joy~

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