Sunday, February 5, 2012
Is Family Support an Oxymoron?
All that changed with my hubby's blood work results.
Even before my hubby's year long experiment with vegamism he has always had issues with his cholesterol. I had high hopes that we would have gotten it under control by now, but at last we haven't. My hubby's cholesterol is 184 with his LDL at 101 (a heart healthy range is 150 or less for total cholesterol with LDL under 80) . His triglycerides are also elevated at 233 (less than 150 is heart healthy).
After watching the documentary Forks Over Knives and reading the book The Engine 2 Diet I was excited and prepared to take my hubby's and my veg diet to the next level. Although my hubby is not overweight and is only 31, I knew that at these levels my hubby has an increased risk for a heart attack and/or heart disease. Taking daily pills or having surgery is not an option when we can make changes now to lower his cholesterol and triglycerides levels.
I wanted to let our family know what was going on so that my hubby could get the support that he needed. As I was telling them what was going on I expected a response of "What can we do to help?" "What did the doctor say?" "What do you plan to do?"........
Instead I got "I though veganism was supposed to be healthy?" "What the point of eating healthy?" " I would expect this from soso who eats pork chops and things like that."
As I tried to explain my nutrition knowledge such as genetics play a role in your health as well so although my hubby and I eat the same things the fact that there are heart problems in his family and not mine could be a contributing factor in his current health issue and we just need to revamp our diet by reducing or eliminating the vegan foods that aren't as healthy such as vegan butters, oils and salt and increasing exercise I was drowned out the the down with vegan and healthy eating comments.
So it looks like we are on our own with this one. Hopefully they will come around, but until then I know that my vegan diet is a better was of eating for the animals, for our health, and for the environment.
I will keep you posted on our Engine 2 journey and Happy Eating!!!!