If you have been reading along, you know that I have been eating a vegan diet since Jan 1. Part of that decision was for improved health, specifically lower blood sugars and cholesterol. The test came the end of February with my endocrinologist appointment. And the verdict? Yup, just as you would have guessed, my A1C (a measure over time of blood sugar trends) were up!
Ummm, wait a minute.....up? How can that be? They were supposed to go down, I was supposed to be lowering my medication, I was supposed to be healthier for going vegan, right? So how could they be up? Well, so is my story - my system does not like to follow conventional rules. My dr. told me that he has seen this in some people who follow strict vegan diets - the blood sugars go up. He has insisted that I add some animal protein back into my diet, or a can take more pills. More Pills? No way. So here I am - a committed vegan turn fish eater again.
May I tell you all a little secret? I am actually happier having fish added back to my diet 2-3 times a week. I still like my vegan dishes, and will remain dairy free. I actually tried a piece of a burger - didn't care for it. No desire for chicken, though after 45 years of a mostly chicken diet, can you blame me? But fish? Yeah, I still really really like fish. The smoked salmon I had for breakfast while away was heavenly.....capers, lemon juice, spinach and a bagel. Yum. And those delicate scallops tossed with pasta, artichokes and tomatoes were melt in your mouth sweet sea goodness. But mind you the veggie wrap at the top of Bretton Woods was really good, and the tofu stir fry at the Franconia Inn was one of the best tofu dishes I have ever had. The veggie burger at the Common Man in Plymouth NH was to die for......stop rolling your eyes - it was really good, well spiced, nice texture and dark in flavor with black beans and grains. Toasted roll, fresh lettuce and tomato, a little hummus on the roll. Oh man....so good.
We start our new fish share from Cape Ann next week - I can't wait! But I am also making yam burgers, a vegetarian chili and a bulgur tahini salad with veggies too. Last night was baby bok choy, daikon radish and mushroom red curry over brown basmati rice. So the quest to find balance continues. We are all different. We all have our unique needs to perfectly fuel our bodies and balance our chemistry. We can only try to eat what is best for each of us.....no, brownies and beer are NOT the best for any body in large quantities....but they sure do taste good. I have to wonder if the fish thing has anything to do with me being a Leo.....meeoow.
Until next time, eat healthy, eat clean and buy local. And yes......go ahead and have a brownie. But just one!