no tofu for us

Medical update

John is doing much better!   He has more energy and stamina, he walks up a flight of stairs without needing to use the handrail, and his cognition has improved. Fasting blood sugar is still in the 70s each morning, and his blood pressure is normal. P2O2 is now up from 97% to 98%.  He is down to one blood work visit each week…..and he has lost a total of  seven pounds since his heart attack no October 14, 2016.

YES!

My view

While energy has seldom been an issue for me, I have also noticed an increase in energy and stamina and can put more into my workouts than I had been able to in the past. I have lost 6 pounds since John’s heart attack, and I attribute all of the improvement for both of us to going vegan.

Exercise update

John has been doing Tai Cheng pretty steadily and says he feels more flexible than he did when he started. As for me, I have been 21Day Fix Exreme while waiting to begin Core de Force on Monday.   I have really missed my martial arts workouts so I look forward to this workout. I’m hoping we can do these together.

Eating vegan

We have now been eating vegan for 24 days.  According to some sources, we have broken the meat-eating habit.  People ask us if we miss meat, and we don’t.  Others suggest a variety of “veggie” hotdogs and such to ease us through the transition, but we have not really had a transition. We jokingly refer to our diet as having quit meat “cold turkey,” and we simply have not looked back.

Motivation is everything!

Channel-surfing through Netflix one night we found a great movie to further encourage our new vegan lifestyle.  The trailer is below:

Plant Pure Nation is based on The China Study, research that supports vegan eating to reverse heart disease and cancer. This was an excellent movie, particularly as it it  referred to a diet study that took place in a rural town in North Carolina.   This is great viewing for anyone who wants to learn more about using diet to reverse a variety of illnesses.

We are still struggling with balance and trying to eat enough veggies…Funny to think about being a vegan and not eating enough servings of veggies…. grains and beans are no problem, but these meals get large!

Currently I’m up around 7 am, grab some slow cooker oatmeal then go work out. Mid morning I eat a small salad and have a chocolate vegan shakeology with spinach and cherries for lunch. Sometime mid afternoon I grab a serving of beans and rice, then later we have dinner with a salad, grain, and beans, sometimes a veggie…. I just need to get better at making sure I fix a veggie. For me, if I eat lunch then have my shakeology later, I am just too full throughout the day.  John gets up later on, does his various tests and takes his meds, then has oatmeal. Next he does Tai Cheng, followed by his vegan chocolate shake with banana or cherries and spinach…followed by an afternoon snack then dinner.

Food Successes

I have greatly enjoyed perusing the internet searching for oil-fee tofu-free vegan dishes, and we have ordered quite a few new cookbooks to assist me in this endeavor.  What we look for are dishes we could serve our meat-eating friends and family when they visit, those that are tasty, easy to prepare, and “comfortable.”  I thought I would share a few of them here for those of you who might be interested in experimenting. Stay tuned . . . .

Overnight Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oatmeal

oatmeal1
before adding water
oatmeal2
9 hours later

This breakfast is so easy and so good! The idea of waking up and walking into the kitchen to find breakfast ready to dish up is amazing.  Where was this recipe when  I was raising children? I have been playing with this one for a few weeks, starting with the recipe on the steel cut oatmeal container and tweaking it:

  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 2 apples, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 1/2 cups water

In a slow cooker, combine all ingredients, stir and set on WARM heat.  You may have to play with this, however.  I have a cheap slow cooker (less than $10), and this oatmeal burns on my low setting, so I use the WARM setting and have great results. Cover and let cook overnight for 8-9 hours.  Remove the cinnamon stick when ready to serve. Leftover oatmeal can be refrigerated – better yet – FROZEN – and reheated easily. We average 10 servings of this – think of it as 10 already prepared breakfasts!

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Author: mduggan10

I have lived in a Victorian-era house, spent several years living on a boat, and now live at the top of a mountain. Throughout his all, I have been a coffee snob, a whole foods snob, and an instructional designer.

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