I recently had my cholesterol tested. Though still healthy, the LDL number has creeped up, and it was recommended I start now to make changes to keep those levels from creeping higher.
This is a big deal, because there’s a significant history of heart disease on both sides of my family.
So I’ve ramped up my exercise routine. I make an effort to get in at least 30 minutes a day on work days. My goal, however, is an hour per day. This includes a variety of activities including yoga, walking, elliptical and line dancing. Yes, they offer line dancing activities at work and I go every day I’m in the office. Weekend exercise is housework. Otherwise I take those days off.
I’ve also decided to go back to vegan eating.
I’ve been moving in this direction for two weeks now as I clear out the house of animal-based food products, but I was struggling with the idea of giving up cheese and coffee creamer. But Silk coffee creamer is stepping up to the plate, and the cheese simply has to go. Besides, Daiya melts great and will get me by when I must have pizza.
If you’ve followed this blog for awhile, you know I practiced veganism five years ago, but gave it up because I became so fanatical I drove myself and everyone around me crazy.
Now I’m going to try it again. I vow to not be the crazy fanatic I was before. If you find me creeping in that direction, I humbly ask for your gentle reminders to cut it out. That means I won’t be researching sugars to see which is bleached with animal bones and which is not, or if my shoes are made with glue not made of animal products.
This is more the Bill Clinton approach to veganism. My win-win approach is good for animals, the environment, and my health.
No animals living in this household will be held to the same standard. There are vegan options out there for dogs, but the food is very expensive and I’ve not seen enough information to convince me vegan dog food is a good idea. Cats, I believe, should NEVER be forced to eat a vegan diet.
I’ll keep you posted on how things go, especially the cholesterol numbers.