Seven weeks with Whole Food Plant Based

At 7 weeks progress continues to be made as I have now dipped down to 181 lbs. from the original 196 when I started. I am finally back into my 34″ waist pants. I am feeling fantastic as this Whole Food Plant Based way of eating provides me with so much energy each day to fuel both my workouts and my daily life.

I am slowly increasing my daily walking as before I was shooting for 2 miles 3 days per week. I am now walking 5 days per week and hitting the weights on the weekends. The weight lifting seems to be the hardest part as my body is adapting. Yea, there is some pain involved, but this too shall pass.

The short term goal here is to get my cholesterol back into a healthy range, but long term I will be tackling also reducing my blood sugar numbers. The blood sugar reduction takes time, but as I continue to burn off stored up fat I will see those numbers come down even more quickly than they are now. I can also picture myself at a weight of around 165 lbs. but that too takes time.

I am breaking everything down to just one day at a time. The question I ask myself at the end of the day is, “Did I do all the things today that I needed to do to become more healthy?” If not then I change the things that not so healthy.

Right now one of the things I anticipate changing is the making a few adjustments in my diet. While I am eating a WFPB diet I eat too many staples like rice, potatoes and beans. While these foods are certainly healthy they should not be 90% of my meals. The initial change from eating meat, dairy and added oils to WFPB is not easy and being that the staples are an easy fix to cross over, I will have to slowly start adding more green and colorful vegetables to my plate while reducing the rice, potatoes and beans to form a more balanced approach.

People ask my why I am doing all of this. My answer is pretty clear. I don’t like hospitals, I don’t like medications and as I am heading into my retirement years I want to be able to live an active life. Many people say that it is extreme, but extreme to me is getting your chest cracked open to perform open heart surgery.

The evidence has been around for a long time now. Eating this way prevents and cures most major diseases. This includes the big killers like heart disease and cancer but also includes many of the chronic ones that people deal with each day.

About SimpleLivingOver50

At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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7 Responses to Seven weeks with Whole Food Plant Based

  1. kkeevins says:

    You’re my idol! Bill, your determination and commitment are inspirational. I’ve been in a funk and have been eating poorly and not writing. Thanks and good luck with your program.
    — Kathy

  2. pgraysurvival says:

    Good for you.

  3. heidi says:

    Good for you! I have been following WFPB for almost two years. It is still a struggle to find proper food in a restaurant, but cooking and eating at home this way is second nature. I keep a quote in my head that I heard from Dr. Kim Williams (WFPB Cardiologist)…it goes something like this–I’m not afraid of dying, I just don’t want it to be my fault!

    • I love that quote from Dr. Kim Williams. We went out to eat last night at a sports bar and I did find a vegeburger and sweet potato fries. The problem is both had some type of oil involved with the cooking and my body did react to the oil. It’s amazing that when you start eating clean even the smallest changes are easily noticed.

  4. momalotlife says:

    I feel your pain and have been where you are. Look into Ketotarian. I dropped bread, beans, potatoes, rice – most carbs. Added fish, eggs, chicken, in addition to your approach of WFPB and intermittent fasting. I have finally hit the right combo for me. It’s a lifestyle. Best of luck to you and I will be following your progress.

    • I did a lot of studies on Keto and spent the summer last year losing a lot of weight with it. The problem I had was with irritable bowel and body pimples. It got so bad that it became difficult doing my job as I was constantly running to the bathroom. My cholesterol rose up to over 250 and my LDL panel screamed “BAD”. There is so much information and mis-information out there, even in well written books by the medical establishment that it is hard to know what is true. This new way of eating WFPB is a super natural option where I am not experiencing those same problems. In fact I can honestly say that I have never felt this healthy in my whole life. I am thinking clearer, sleeping better and have energy that lasts all day, even with the brutal weight training on the weekends.

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