In my post “How Things Changed When I Stopped Feeling Sorry for Myself,” I discussed my decision to switch to a vegan diet in order to lower my cholesterol, which had been high for several years. I wanted to give a whole-food, plant-based diet a chance and see if my labs reflected my diet changes.
Note: I am not a medical professional and it is not my intention to provide medical advice. I am strictly sharing my experience and encouraging you to choose a healthy lifestyle. Like all those other websites say, be sure to consult with your doctor prior to making any diet changes.
Here’s my lab history: I’m going to stick with total cholesterol and LDL since those were the ones that historically had been out of range. (Note: I was pregnant for 2015 results, and pregnancy can throw off labs).
Cholesterol: (healthy range approximately 125-199)
LDL: (healthy range approximately 0-100)
After 9 months on a whole-food, plant-based diet, I was thrilled to see how much my LDL and total cholesterol had dropped! In addition to that, I physically felt better. Many of my GI issues improved. I felt less “bla” after meals. I was excited to eat more while maintaining a healthy weight. I had more energy. I felt better about myself. It was awesome.
My doctor noted at my 2016 physical that he is not a proponent of a 100% vegan diet and encouraged me to consider incorporating some animal products into my diet. I am going to relax things a little bit (most likely when eating out) and see how my labs reflect that next year. I still want to follow a primarily whole-food, plant-based diet because I feel tons better doing so, and I know it’s a healthy and manageable lifestyle for my family.
Now, I’m not making any promises that any particular diet change will improve your labs or get you off medications. In fact, one of my family members followed the same diet I have followed and his cholesterol was still high, so he was started on a low-dose statin to manage his cholesterol.
A change to a healthy eating lifestyle is worth giving it a shot. What have you got to lose? (I address this in the post mentioned above).
For more information about a whole-food, plant-based diet, check out Forks Over Knives and The Engine 2 Diet. Also, check out this book I just purchased that I’m excited to dive into: Forks Over Knives Family: Every Parent’s Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy Kids on a Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet.
I wish you the best in your journey towards a healthy lifestyle. Your are worth it. Your family is worth it. You CAN do it!
As I mentioned before, I am not a medical professional and it is not my intention to provide medical advice. I am strictly sharing my experience and encouraging you to choose a healthy lifestyle. Like all those other websites say, be sure to consult with your doctor prior to making any diet changes.
What kind of lifestyle changes are you looking to make? What has been the most difficult challenge that has held you back? Please share below!
If you’ve made a change and have seen positive results, please share your story below!