Lab Results After Eating Vegan for 4 Months – Was it worth it?

I think the answer will be obvious.

I’ve been anxiously waiting for my complete lab results to be taken. But then again, I have anxiety so I’m pretty much anxious about everything.

Nearly four months ago my gf and I decided to embark on this journey of going vegan. For me, it was all about my health and wanting to see if I could get off of the dozen pills I take every morning.

So before starting, I went to the VA and had my blood work done.

I’d love to say that I was shocked by the results, but in all honesty, I knew that I hadn’t been taking care of myself for years, so I went in knowing they would be bad.

And they were.

But more on that in a sec.

As I mentioned in a previous post, we decided to do this after watching the Netflix show “What the Health.”

Yes, it was over the top dramatic. Yes, there were some things we didn’t quite believe. But it still planted the seed. So we did it.

For the most part, I have been completely vegan the entire time. There was one time where I was inadvertently eating egg, and then there was a week where I did have cheese while on vacation.

I also tried some buffalo wings that week and could only stomach one and a half wings before giving up.

But other than that, I have been strict.

And it has been so much easier than I thought it would be.

A couple months after going vegan, I went to the VA for a follow-up, thinking that I was having a full set of  labs taken, but that wasn’t the case. So I had to wait until last Friday for the results.

The negative – weight loss. More specifically, the lack of it.

I’ve actually gained a few pounds.

I think that I’m eating too many nuts during the day. Yes, they are vegan, but also high in calories, so I have given up my daily routine of snacking on pistachios.

Now the results.

Four months ago (actually three and a half), I had the following results:

Fasting Glucose – 430

A1C – 14.1

Cholesterol – 292

LDL – 253

Blood Pressure – 141/100

So yeah, not good…at all.

Here is where I am now:

Fasting Glucose – 81

A1C – 6.5

Cholesterol – 178

LDL – 95

Blood Pressure – I’m going to use my two month reading since I am battling a cold and it was slightly higher than at two months, but it was 117/77.

Those are HUGE improvements, especially in just under four months!

My doctor was very proud to announce that they must have my diabetes meds on point. He was shocked when I told him I had only been taking half the dosage because my blood sugar was dropping below 70.

According to him, he had never seen such a dramatic improvement with diet alone.

So, is it working? I think the answer is clear.

I go back to the VA in four months for more blood work and to see if I can start coming off of some of my meds.

What do you think? Have you had similar results by adopting a vegan lifestyle?

Six-Week Veganism Results

My highly anticipated (by me) date finally arrived. It was time to make my way to the VA and have my lab work done. It had been six weeks since I began this culinary journey into the depths of plant-based eating.

To recap, initially I was going to try this for four weeks and see how it looked; however, my doctor informed me that she really needed six weeks to see the difference in my labs.

So I agreed.

During this period I did not cheat a single time – although I did unintentionally have a few bites of a meal with egg in it. Once it was noticed, I was done.

As far as cravings – very minimal.

Detox – nothing that I can point to.

Results – well, I wish I had better news to report, but let me explain.

Having had the detailed discussion with my doctor about my lifestyle change, I was very curious to see all of my lab results. Glucose, Cholesterol, Calcium, B12…I really wanted to see the effects.

Unfortunately, all of those labs weren’t ordered. So I have nothing to report about my cholesterol…yet. I go back in two months for a complete set.

So, first off, weight loss. According to my weight at the VA I have lost a little over nine pounds! Additionally, I have lost an inch across my waist.

Glucose – my readings were consistently in the 300’s prior to starting. Yeah – that’s not good. That’s major diabetes.  I am now in the 110’s – 130’s. Still diabetic, but a huge difference in only six weeks.

Both calcium and B12 are in the normal ranges.

I specifically chose NOT to take any supplements during this period as I wanted to see the effects of the diet alone, so that was a welcome result.

A few other changes – my resting heart rate has gone from the mid 90’s to the mid 70’s.

Also, and this was another big one – my blood pressure. I went from 150/91 six weeks ago, to 117/79!

Last week I was noticing my energy level dropping though. So I have started taking a multi-vitamin with B12 to help with that. I don’t know if it really starts working right away or if it’s in my mind, but I do already feel better this week.

So, I consider everything a success so far. I go back on December 8 for more labs and will see how I’m progressing and decide if this is what I plan on sticking with.

Thanks for the words of encouragement that I have received and questions you have asked. Please feel free to continue.

Time for (another) Change: Goodbye Animals, Hello Plants

I love me some meats.

I would not be unusual to start off the day with a chicken fried steak (with gravy of course) and three eggs. Follow that up with a massive cheeseburger for lunch and then grill a nice fatty 16 ounce rib eye for dinner. A big bowl of ice cream as a dessert chaser.

Just typing that menu sounds delightful.

Yesterday I became a vegan.

Yes, THAT vegan. The type of vegan that has a bunch of memes like:

Yesterday I went cold turkey…or cold tofurkey…I’m not really sure yet how to speak like a vegan…lol

vēɡən/ veg·an

noun

1.

a person who does not eat or use animal products.

“I’m a strict vegan”

adjective

2.

using or containing no animal products:

“a vegan diet”

So no more meat, dairy, honey…anything that comes from something with a face, I think.

I suppose the question I’ve gotten the most from people is, “Why?”

Understandable.

First off, we watched that Netflix documentary What the Health. If you have seen it you were probably as disturbed as I was. Sure, there were things that were definitely…umm…a little over the top and overacted. There have also been plenty of articles debunking some of what was presented.

Regardless, what it did do was open my mind to doing my own research on the health benefits of a plant-based culinary lifestyle.

Based on the menu of my lifestyle I mentioned earlier, it should be clear that I am not healthy. The timing was perfect since I had to go to the VA and have some new labs tested, so I figured I could try this for four weeks and see if there was a difference. Four weeks should be manageable, right?

The first thing my physician said was four weeks wasn’t going to be enough time to see a difference in my lab results, so now I had to try this 180 degree food change for six weeks.

When my lab results were back, I’m a mess. Super high cholesterol and sugar. High risk for every side effect you see on those late night commercials.

Except for having an erection that lasts for more than four hours.

So, the path has been set. For at least the next six weeks it’s all plant-based foods.

I’ll post some of the recipes we make and some of the vegan products that I found to be enjoyable. I will also talk about the detox (if I have it), and how I’m feeling, including weight loss and other side effects I have.

I’ll also be sure to respond to any questions that get sent my way about how I’m doing, so don’t be shy about commenting.

I hope to post each week, maybe more, maybe less.

How’s that for commitment?