For all of December 2019 i have been on a vegan diet. I was at the VA in Columbus Ohio for a check up when I was told my blood pressure was high, my A1C is still a bit high as well. I plan to continue the vegan diet through out this year and will have a new set of tests done to compare the results. So in 12 months ill have some sort of results about what a year of veganism can do for your health. I had already cut out most beef and pork well before the blood test and had reduced cheese and non yogurt dairy to the occasional ice cream and plain yogurt back in the summer of 2019. So my blood test numbers from November 2019 already reflect some dietary changes toward vegetarianism.
So far the first month of veganism has not left me feeling especially deprived. i have had a couple of meat substitute meals over the month, like a beyond burger, but in general have not missed meat at all. I am mostly eating lots of fresh veg, toast with out butter, fruits, muesli with oatley milk and beans and rice. Dal has become a staple with other India style dishes like channa massala and alho gobi. Recently the Rimi started carrying a vegan schnitzel which is pretty good with some mashed potatoes and garlic green beans. I have lost a kilo this last month and have 19kg to go still. The second part of the plan is to get into the gym more often.
One interesting side effect of the vegan diet has been my joint pain from arthritis has been considerably reduced. Normally during the late fall and winter months i am in constant pain with my left knee and experience a feeling that my knee is unstable and about to collapse pretty much with any step up or down, making disembarking from a bus or traveling up or down stairs especially fright inducing, add some ice and snow and I am ready to pack a bag and run off to the tropics. however this year my knee is feeling much better. At first i was ready to attribute this to psychosomatic influence, after all many people report less joint inflammation after switching to a vegan diet. However its been a month with these results and as the temperature dropped even farther my knee did start giving me the winter time ache but it is not nearly so bad as in the past. Knees like mine are not supposed to get better with surgery, maybe knee replacement is still in my future but for now the diet seems to be helping.