I never liked eggs as a young child, and I stopped eating dairy and red meat last year when I was told by others that those foods were inflammatory.
My Asian doctor threw up his hands when I told him that I’m an “almost vegan.” Instead of saying “oy vey” (the Yiddush expression for “here comes trouble”), he mumbled something under his breath that was the equivalent, I believe, because I’m taking a blood thinner, and “almost vegan” didn’t sit well with him.
Blood thinner people have to watch their intake of Vitamin K and have blood tests scheduled on a regular basis. Too much Vitamin K can cause clotting, too little causes bleeding when you’re taking Coumadin. The main thing is, take Vitamin K in a consistent way, the same foods every day, which is at best a challenge. (There are other blood thinners, but if bleeding start to happen, they don’t have an antidote that’s prevalent, but they’re working on it. Any day now, the hematologist said).
So, returning to the story, all that was left was chicken and pork. And let’s not forget sheep who are killed by the age of one to give us lamb chops, and I don’t eat lamb because I saw a special once on lambs’ torturous slaughter. For fuck’s sake.
All of this change in diet happened because I’m reading (son recommended) the book “How Not to Die,“ a documented tome by Dr. Michael Greger (available on Amazon) which, by the way, recently become an international best-seller. In the book, he gives descriptions of chicken and pork who are confined in tiny spaces and brutally slaughtered that would send waves of chills down anybody’s spine. And don’t forget the feces that get mixed up in the annihilation of these animals. So I’m there, hating all of it.
So welcome to a Plant-Based Diet. I guess I’m a vegan now although not exclusively. I’d say an “almost vegan.” I want to say it’s for moral reasons that I eat no meat or the by-products of animals that produce eggs and dairy. Rather, as a stroke survivor, it makes utterly no sense not to be lean. It would mean lugging around that extra weight and I don’t want to do that anymore. And plant-based means weight loss.