My Sister's New Vegan Journey- Part II

Happy Monday folks!

I am beyond excited to start this week off by posting a follow-up post from my sister Marcea!  She did a blog about wanting to change her eating habits last summer and a lot has transpired since then and I asked her to write an update about her current journey. 


Marcea writes:  I told my sister that I would do a follow up blog to my last one from last year. I told her I would do a vegetarian challenge and due to the fact that I don't eat much at all, I needed to at least eat first!

Since my last entry, I did my own research. Of course, Christa was a lot of help along the way. I haven't eaten an egg since October when we were in Palm Springs and she told me what they were. Then, she did it to me again with milk, which was my biggest challenge. Then I read magazines and watched documentaries, but none were as profound to my search as
Forks Over Knives. After watching that, it was a no-brainer.

Let me say this, many people will look to vegans or vegetarians, or anyone who tries to be healthy as being show-offs, keeping up with the Joneses, or are trying to change the world to be like them. I applaud those people because they made a choice to enjoy life by being healthy. If you want to change your eating Iifestyle, do it because of you and not because of anyone else's. Christa recently had a blog about celebrities, but don't even follow them. Follow you. This is a personal and serious choice that brings judgment from others, which means you have to stick to your convictions. If they want to eat two packs of bacon by themselves, (you know who you are), within a weeks time, and complain because they have to take medicine for high blood pressure or that their stomachs are not feeling well, then let them go ahead. I made up my mind that I didn't want to be like that.

I explained to Christa that my doctors still could not figure out what to do about my heart condition because my pressure was too low to take the prescribed medication for people with my condition. At first I didn't want anyone to know that I had any type of medical condition, but it bears mentioning, as I continue to explain here why I was open to changing my lifestyle. As I was saying, my doctors needed to prescribe the medication that they are used to prescribing so that I could feel better. Unfortunately for me, most people with this condition, also have high blood pressure, so the medication actually kills two birds with one stone: lowers the blood pressure, and helps the condition.  I have low blood pressure, so the medication would take my levels dangerously low, so needless to say, I was not a prime candidate for these types of medication. I mentioned previously that this was unfortunate for me, but perhaps this should have been fortunate for me. I was happy to not be on any medication where the average person my age, ( I am not telling, so don't ask ...smile...that's another blog post...), is on at least two different types of medication that they must take daily. I am not talking vitamins either.

So anyway, my doctors came up with this bright idea to medicate me to raise my blood pressure. Hellooooo....create a problem that the average american is trying to avoid?!  They gave speculations and guesses, but no assurances this would help at all, other than create another problem for me later on. The idea was that once they raised the pressure, I could take the other medication. Then I become at one with the majority of America. I looked at them like they were on the medication themselves. Then entered Christa and Forks Over Knives.

The people in the documentary had issues such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease. I asked myself if I wanted to be like their "afters" or their "befores" ? I didn't need to take a vegan or vegetarian challenge. I needed to take a challenge to live life.

I decided it was best to just jump right in. I made the decision to change my lifestyle for me and the sake of my health.  I'd rather take a risk on feeling better by eating healthier than by staying medicated for the rest of my life. Now, I'm not going to lie, it wasn't easy once I "said" it. I thought about my dairy that I love, (cheese and ice cream...Christa ruined me for my milk). I thought about what I could eat, because I didn't like much before. But once I jumped in, it was okay. I now even find myself not even having the temptation to revert to an animal based diet. I never ate much pork before, but now I actually see the pig in my head, so that's very easy. I think about the creature before me, so eating a rotisserie chicken or even envisioning me eating it is out of the question. I haven't had any milk or eggs, but I can't find a milk substitute that I like yet, so that's not fun. Even sodas don't turn me on the way they did before. I have to really get more into it because I don't really eat that much at all. So, I can't say yet what my benefits have been.  However, I do notice that I don't have that heavy feeling I had from eating the meat. I told Christa I had to write, so perhaps she will let me write again once I am fully into my new lifestyle.

I am truly one who believes in enjoying life. I try really hard to stay in that mindset. Because I don't feel well a lot, it's hard, but I want to encourage myself to push beyond that as well. Part of enjoying life is being good to your body inside and out. I want that for my life, and Christa hopes that you want that too. I am looking forward to my new journey and hope that the next time I blog, I will have a whole lot more insight to share about my journey. Good luck on your journeys!




Thank you so much again Marcea for this wonderful and honest post. I am so very proud of you and I am with you in this forever! I know you can do it and I'm sure we all look forward to the next update and your continued progression into optimal health.  I love you!

Comments

  1. That is phenominal Marcea. I am a new vegan for almost a year now and I will tell you my age I am 56 years old. I am on no medications or have any health risk at this time and my hubby is 67 and the same thing. I wanted things to stay that way so I knew that our eating habits could be a lot better.

    It took a lot of reading and research. I saw Forks over Knives which was phenominal but the film that really did it for me was Eating raw and this was a film with diabetics. Even though I am not that it was just a great documentary to get you thinking how your diet can really change or prevent health problems. I sent the film for your sister to watch, I don't know if she got to watch it.

    At first it will seem hard however your health will thank you for it. I cook everything from scratch including my cheese that I make out of tofu and other ingredients. I make lasagna, vegan mac and cheese, corn bread, cherry walnut bread made with no oil, eggs or milk and desserts. Yes I am in the kitchen a lot but it is so worth it. However I have leftovers in the freezer incase I have to do a quick meal..

    My food is never boring....keep doing what you doing....and before you know it you will be vegan. Don't forget your sister needs a Vitamix:)

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    1. Thank you so much Betty for leaving such a nice message of encouragement for Marcea and a nudge for the Vitamix..LOL! I did get the link for the film and will also pass it on to her.

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  2. Hi Marcea,

    That is SO great that you're committed to staying vegan and healthy. I find doctor's modern approach of medicating problems instead of preventing them through proper nutrition truly troubling.

    For me, I don't see veganism as "restrictive" because there are vegan, cruelty free versions of EVERYTHING! What I recommend is taking your favorite pre-vegan meals and veganizing them. I just finished making a scalloped sweet potato casserole with caramelized onion and rosemary..Sooo yummy! I love to cook and it's great knowing exactly what I'm putting in my body.

    Good luck!

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    1. Thank you so much for reading and sharing this with her!

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    2. Thanks for the encouragement. I will take that advice on how to make favorites vegan. I am writing down all these recipe suggestions. They sound so good. I hope to start feeling better and having more to post for Christa! Thanks so much! Marcea

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    3. Thanks Betty!
      I really appreciate your words of encouragement and I am inspired by you and your husband. It is so great to hear about people who have defied the odds of having high blood pressure or heart disease, etc, followed by mediation to "treat" the condition. I often laugh at the commercials for medicine where the entire commercial lists the side effects. I leave the commercial saying I'd rather have the condition because the side effects are so bad. I will add you to my list with Christa. :). Here's to us.......

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