That was back
in late November when I first started. During that time Sabrina
and I have made a major shift in our eating, particularly thanks
to Mary and John McDougall's great recipes -- and thanks to buying
two pressure cookers which have allowed us to get quick, fabulous
tasting, satisfying food -- which is low-fat with no added oils.
Sabrina uses one or both of the pressure cookers nearly every day
(except that we often have lots of leftovers for the next meal).
We're big on soups, rice, beans and one of my favorites -- a huge
salad with tomatoes, avocados and other salad fixings -- topped
with heaps of hot McDougall chili and splashes of a very sweet balsamic
vinegar we get from Costco, and no oil. You get lots of greens,
you get filled up, and it's gooooooooood!
In the main
we've improved our eating habits an enormous amount during the past
four months. That's not to say we don't splurge on stuff from time
to time whether it be cake or snack foods that aren't strictly "McDougal,"
or holiday food.
I've also been
trying to exercise 5 or 6 days a week, with some modest weight-lifting
every other day, and 20 or 30 minutes on the treadmill on the days
I'm not lifting. Sometimes I walk outdoors for 30 or 40 minutes.
So the exercise is important, too, of course.
It's early March
and I've lost about 20 pounds since starting McDougalling -- from
201 pounds to 181 currently. I'm shooting to get down to around
170 as my ideal weight.
My body mass
index (BMI), according to this fancy scale we got last year, has
gone from 26 to 20.5.
And I had my
cholesterol checked this week and just got the results -- 141 mg/dL.
So here all
these years I thought I was the vegan who couldn't get his cholesterol
below 190 -- until I cleaned up my diet and started McDougalling,
and it plummetted 50 points (more than a 25% drop in cholesterol).
I can't recommend
enough eating a largely low-fat diet of unrefined plant foods. Chips
and cookies and vegan sweet and sour veggie "pork" are
nice from time to time, but it's not what you want to live on. We
have pretzels and vegan fudgicles and treats from time to time.
It's not hard to eat healthy -- even our kids prefer it. And that's
particularly fortunate since a lot of new research is showing that
the healthier you eat as a kid, the better your odds at avoiding
many of the diseases that strike in adulthood.
If you want
to make a healthy change, do what we did -- get one of Dr. McDougall's
books or get his excellent video series, get a pressure cooker,
spend time on Dr. McDougall's Discussion Board trading ideas and
encouragement with other McDougaller's, and preserve your health!