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I haven't logged into this team for a while, but welcome. I'm glad you have found a way of eating that is healing your body.
I've been a pescatarian for about three years now, and it's been wonderful. I too was pre-diabetic and had high cholesterol, but as a borderline anemic, I was afraid to give up meat. Very slowly, I dipped my toe into pescatarian eating.
I applaud your jump into a new way of eating. For me, the process was more gradual. I kept planning menus one week at a time, until I didn't want the hot dogs and hamburgers anymore. That took about three months, I guess.
I continued to tinker with my diet to meet other nutritional and health needs, so now, I now have a high protein, low cholesterol, low fat, and reduced sodium eating plan. I'm not perfect, but I eat lowfat dairy products and eggs in moderation. I do a lot of cooking at home and pack two meals and a snack daily. In exchange, my blood work and blood sugar are normal, except for the cholesterol. I'm losing weight, and my clothes fit again.
Enough about me, best of luck to you. Welcome to the team, and keep up the good work.
Change is the only constant in life.
Hi, I am Kim from Tucson Arizona. I am a native Texan and last summer we had to move to Arizona for my husband's health. I watched him go through a triple bypass surgery and recovery. I am in a yahoo group where alot of the members are vegan and have read what all they've had to say. after going to the dr myself and finding out my cholesterol was 400 and I was borderline diabetic I decided it was time for a change. At first, I was only going to do vegetarian. But I have been reading alot of info about it and I never realized about all the fat and hormones and antibiotics that is pumped into our dairy. Trust me, I love cheese and eggs like anyone else. What I couldn't wrap my head around was how do I cook without some of that stuff.
I have jumped all the way in to the vegan way of eatting as of end of March 2012. I love to cook, so I have tore up the internet for recipes and ordered tons of cookbooks. I also bought a vitamix and have been drinking green smoothies (fruit and greens) everyday. I haven't lost a ton of weight yet, but I recently went back to the dr and my over all cholesterol is down to 140 and my blood sugar was normal!!! my good cholesterol is still too low and my triglycerides are still too high, so now I have started adding ground flaxseed to my smoothies.
my main reason for this lifestyle change is for health. but I am also a huge animal lover and have seen some of the undercover videos online from slaughter houses that will forever give me nightmares. I can't watch those and it makes me mad that anyone would treat an animal the way some of them do.
I have a good friend that turned me on to spark people. I am brand new here and still learning my way around and what all it has and does.