Making the switch: Going meatless

I’m a carnivore. I love, love, love meat. I especially love bacon. It’s good for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It can even be a condiment, it’s that versatile. It’s been such a fixture in my life, it was the reason I knew I was pregnant with my second child.

“How’s that?” you ask.

Here’s the story. Back about 25 years ago or so, I was a single mom living with my grandmother. She was from The South, Alabama as a matter of fact. (Roll Tide!) things like bacon and gravy were staples in her kitchen. Just the smell of bacon in the skillet was enough to get me salivating like one of Pavlov’s dogs.

One fine day a friend of mine had taken me to the grocery store – I didn’t own a car. I didn’t even know how to drive.

Anyway, we’d been gone a couple of hours. I was tired and just wanted to hurry up and get the groceries put away so I could rest a bit.

Well, as soon as I opened the door and the aroma of frying bacon wafted out, my stomach turned and I had to immediately reverse and walk back outside.

I decided to go in for a pregnancy test…the results of which came back positive on the day Bill Clinton was voted to POTUS #42.

But I digress.

Why would a dedicated meat eater like myself ever decide to convert to a plant-based health style?

The trifecta that is Metabolic Syndrome:

  • High blood sugar
  • Abnormal cholesterol
  • Excess body fat around the waist

According to the Mayo Clinic, these conditions are closely associated with heart disease.

When the following factors exist, the likelihood is even greater:

  • Age: I’m 48
  • Race: Mexican descent – I’m half Mexican
  • Obesity: I’m carrying about 260 lbs on a 5’3″ frame and a significant amount of that excess is in the shape of an apple around my waist.
  • Diabetes: I got the diagnosis four years ago.

The only factor not present is high blood pressure and even that is slowly creeping up.

When I found out that my cholesterol levels were in the danger zone, I woke up.

I’ve got too much to live for to die young.

After sharing the news of my scare to my Facebook framily, one of my Vegangelist friends highly recommended that I watch a documentary on Netflix called “Forks Over Knives

It very clearly provides evidence that a plant-based, whole food diet can reverse chronic health conditions which are rooted in a meat-based, processed food diet. It makes a very strong case for veganism that is health oriented instead of morally or politically motivated.

And so, one major goal in my journey is to be eating vegan by the end of 2018.

Since I’m a savory, crunchy snacker, am not fond of soybeans, and find most vegan meat and dairy substitution products unpalatable, I’ve decided I need a food dehydrator to make my own snacks without having to fry them and defeat the purpose or bake them into oblivion.

Bye-bye bacon.

10 comments

  1. Too many of us share that excess weight issue. While I don’t have diabetes (yet) or high blood pressure (again, yet) my body does hold on to water like a sponge. Which led to a little bit of a heart issue which my doctor assures me will either go away or greatly diminish when my weight drops. While I won’t do vegan or vegetarian, I am eating healthier and your blog is encouraging.

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  2. Recognizing when one has reached some of those warning “benchmarks” in life, is the first step forward. Understanding that food, that substance that sustains and nourishes our bodies, is just that. Yes, animal products “taste” good, but so do non animal foods as I’ve discovered over the years. Hats off and well wishes for a lifestyle change that will make you happy and healthy. 🙂

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  3. The missus is always after me about what I eat and 2018 is the year of her tightening her focus about what foods do and don’t enter the house. Her being Jewish, the only “bacon” around her is made out of turkey, but she’s a big fan of less meat more veggies.

    Hope this change in your life yield healthy results.

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    1. Beef bacon is soooo much better than turkey bacon. Much less processed, since turkeys don’t actually have a “bacon” cut of meat on their bodies.

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