No Cow A Day, Keeps the Doctor Away

July 28, 2006

CNN.com – Vegan diet reverses diabetes symptoms, study finds – Jul 28, 2006 – People who ate a low-fat vegan diet, cutting out all meat and dairy, lowered their blood sugar more and lost more weight than people on a standard American Diabetes Association diet, researchers said this week.

This is something I’ve been considering for a while…maybe not going a full vegan route, but becoming more vegetarian as a way to help maintain my diabetes naturally as well as controlling some of my food allergies.

My philosophy is that one occasional egg won’t hurt, neither will a nice piece of tuna or a steak. Just not eating meat or dairy at every meal. I’ve recently started eating more fruit and veggies daily and cut back my french fry and sweets intake. I really don’t want to lose weight, just be healthy.

I had one of these weird moments, when I realized it had been months since I had a hamburger. I’ve been eating a lot of grilled chicken and meals at home and I honestly just haven’t missed eating fast food. I do eat out daily, either in our work cafeteria or just grabbing something at one of the many little places in downtown Chattanooga.

One of my largest issues with “switching” would be tofu. I’m all for meat substitute, but I just need to try tofu again. I didn’t like it when I dated a little lesbian girl back in 93 but I’m much more open-minded about food now. Might just be time to try again.

The two other issues are cheese and bread, both I love. I’ve been using more pita breads but I still like my occasional grilled cheese or cheese on most anything.

I’m not some nut-job, I know how cattle, pigs, and chickens are processed and yet I still can eat bacon with a happy face. This isn’t about animal rights or about your health, but my personal health. I do, however, think we eat way too much in restaurants but I’m not gonna stop you.

Eat what you want, life is too short for bad food.