Not ready to be a vegan, but need a healthy change
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
It's all over the television and internet about an ex-president becoming a vegan and following a heart disease prevention vegan food plan. Having recently suffered such excruciating indigestion, back and abdominal pain myself, I had begun to wonder if I wasn't slipping downward into heart disease. I investigated on the Spark health pages and once again came up with a GERD self-diagnosis; but I will see my doctor very soon just to be sure. I have even figured out the reason for it now, so I'm quite sure the symptoms are coming from my physical condition. Since my large abdominal hernia is causing major gravity problems in my body is non- operable, I have to be extra careful what I eat and when I eat. I also can't continue to keep giving in to my snacking desires, and can't chance the family heart disease.
So, as once we become aware, we then become responsible, I now have to plan my food selections more carefully and plan the times of day I eat much more carefully. For starters, I just had my main hot meal of the day at lunch time in order to ward off painful after dinner and before bedtime indigestion. As I am experimenting, I'll see if this works. Maybe I'll make a dinner salad late in the afternoon and bulk it up with some vegetable protein and a healthy dressing.
This is a new challenge for me and I'm not sure where it's going, but I'll try it and see what happens. I don't think I can do much worse than I'm doing at present which is just plain painful. I'm sick of chewing on TUMS for dessert and washing them down with Pepto Bismol, which rhymes with dismal!
I went through similar circumstances a few times before but didn't take it too seriously and it would always come back to haunt me. Now I'm taking a page from the vegan heart therapy book and trying to reverse the symptoms with natural foods and sensible eating techniques rather than medications and surgery. If anyone else has gone through this and has some suggestions, please let me know. Thanks.