Whole food plant-based diet

It’s been a month since I switched to a whole food plant-based diet. It’s been very interesting. A few observations

  1. I went a day without coffee on a Sunday. I haven’t gone a day without coffee EVER. This is crazy.
  2. Sometimes I crave wine or beer. These cravings really subsided. It’s weird. Now I have a hard time finishing a glass of wine. My coffee sits on my desk and I rarely finish it. I’ll be at the store and a 6 pack of beer repulses me.
  3. When I think of meat I picture rotting chicken and want to puke. I used to eat meat daily.
  4. Cheese was pretty hard to give up, but now I am repulsed by it. So bizarre. The smell of it is nasty.
  5. I now drink coffee straight(when I drink it)
  6. I have this sense of wellness and thankfulness that comes in my thoughts from time to time
  7. Energy levels have improved especially in the evening. I feel I’m focused when I’m off work and fully awake until bedtime.
  8. June 18th Blood pressure 141/90
  9. July 18th Blood pressure 127/82
  10. A 14 point systolic drop in blood pressure an 8 point drop in diastolic in one month is exciting. Also I’m curious to see if these numbers keep coming down as my body heals from the damage I was doing to it with all the bad stuff I was eating.
  11. I didn’t track my weight, but clothes are fitting looser.
  12. It’s harder to quantify my workouts which are bike rides and running, but I think I’m getting faster. It does feel like my recovery time and soreness have dropped fairly substantially (I am 40 years old after all!)
  13. Shown below is May blood work (Essentially your average fat American)
  14. Cholesterol: 199
  15. LDL 120
  16. HDL 45
  17. Blood Glucose: 98
  18. BMI: 30.4
  19. Triglycerides: 215
  20. Blood pressure: 138/83
  21. I’ll update my blood work in August. Stay tuned.
Written on July 18, 2018