As you know, I decided to go vegan for the month of August to see what it was like. What I didn’t tell you was I coincidentally had my annual blood test on July 25, so, I’ve been able to measure the effect of following a whole food, plant-based diet on my body.
I would say I've been 99.9 percent vegan, as there is a small chance there was butter in some steamed vegetable dishes I ordered at restaurants.
Last Friday, I was a little nervous to go to my doctor to get my results. I mean what if going vegan didn’t make any difference?
Well, I had nothing to be afraid of — and I was actually impressed with the change in my numbers after being vegan for five weeks.
July 25 September 6 Normal Range
219 193 0-199
Triglycerides 96 87 0-149 (under 100 is best)
HDL 76 75 > 60
LDL 124 101 < 100
It will probably not come as a surprise to you that I have decided to stay vegan for a while. I plan to take another blood test in mid-October to see if there has been any improvement.
I’ve only lost a few pounds, but psychologically, I feel so much better. I have less worry about my risk for heart disease and I know I am setting a good example for others.
My 89-year-old mother, Frieda, has become vegan and feels fantastic and has lost a few pounds. My daughter, Alex, is about 90 percent vegan and there have been almost a dozen friends who have joined in at some degree.
For a little extra inspiration, please spend five minutes watching a TedX video sent to me today by the son of a friend. The young man in the video beat Crohn’s Disease by changing his diet!
Link to video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFcjUMtHvt0