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30 Days of Plant-Based Eating Report

Well, here it is, April 9th. One month from my launch into plant-based eating as an experiment to see if it would help the kidney disease that has been getting ugly in my body. My nephrologist is prepared to launch a hard-core medication campaign — something I would desperately love to avoid. I have done these meds before. It was not pretty.

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Accidental Vegan

I finally found the title that fits me. Accidental Vegan. I might change my domain name, but that seems complicated and  perhaps unnecessary. We’ll see.

But I do feel a little accidental. I came this way because of kidney disease. Not because I felt passionately about it (although I am getting more passionate about it daily). I am 100% in because my doctor told me to “prove it” to him that this would be better for my kidney. I have tried before and strayed from the path because the benefits did not seem solid. Now that I have researched more, studied more, and have a hardcore belief in this eating plan, I do not intend to stray again. Continue reading

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Simple Food = Healthy Life

We all know processed food and fast food are not real food. Even when we eat them for convenience, deep inside we know. We struggle sometimes to keep that knowledge deep inside.

But we know.

And it is frustrating.

Frustrating because we have convenience all around us, but real health does not live in convenience or easy. It lives in real stuff. Real food. Real movement. Real relationships. And real stuff is not pre-packaged and super convenient.  Continue reading

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Thank you, God, for coffee!

Almost a week ago my doctor challenged me to prove a plant-based diet would benefit this stinking kidney disease. So, I am on it. Fortunately, I enjoy cooking for the most part. I even enjoy the prepping, thankfully. Eating plant-based is a bunch of peeling, chopping, slicing, and such. I don’t mind it. Sometimes a drive through or take out sounds great, but overall I am good with it. Continue reading

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Vegan … Again …

So, I stopped being diligent. Which is stupid. I can actually hear someone saying “Don’t say stupid!” But it is, or was. I don’t know why I strayed. I wish I did, but I don’t. Lazy? Hungry for a chicken leg? Six chicken legs? Inn & Out Burger? Ugh. Things are too serious with me for being loose with diligence. I have a bowl of oatmeal beside me and a laptop in front of me. I would like to share a piece of my story and then I have a favor to ask of you.

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Do What is Right For You aka Eat The Broccoli

Everyone is different. We all know that. HOWEVER, we feel uncomfortable when someone does something “different” than us. Doesn’t really make sense, though. If we are all, in fact, different; then we will do things differently.

And it is not just our personalities that are different. Our bodies are different, our minds are different, our purpose is different.

What is right for one person, may not be right for someone else.

And what someone has to walk through may not be something you have to walk through. And vice versa. Continue reading

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Vegan? REALLY?

I know what you are thinking. Vegan? What is that word doing on a post title?

On, more specifically, my post title???

Well, I’ve been on a health journey. I felt lead to put myself on a 60 day challenge (I talked about it already here.and here.) But I never would have expected it would take me here.

N.E.V.E.R.

I would have argued with you if you said it would. Actually, I think I did argue about it. Continue reading

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Not quite halfway there

I’m not even half way through my 60 day challenge … but serious progress has been made.

How have I been doing on the whole “60 first day” thing? (You can read about that here.) Not fabulous. Not terrible.

When it is all said and done, that really isn’t bad, is it? Not bad, not great?

Somewhere in the middle is something to celebrate.

Somewhere in the middle means you are sticking with it. You aren’t so over-inspired that you might fizzle out, you aren’t so under-motivated that you don’t get up and work on it each day. Somewhere in the middle is safe from falling off the edge in either direction. It means you are focusing on forward, not anywhere else.

I have managed to re-inspire my motivation when it waned. I have stayed steady in my goals.

I am eating an 80-90% plant-based diet (kind of difficult to switch to that) and I am getting movement and sunshine every day. I also began juicing twice a day.

The result so far?

  • 7 pounds lost
  • 12 points down in my glucose level
  • BP completely normal
  • Dramatic improvement in my kidney

AMAZING!

Yes, it is work. Every single day. Work. Hustle. Try. Repeat.

But totally worth it.

Whatever your goal, your pursuit, your dream, you goals — stay the course. Every little thing you do counts. Every tiny step gets you closer. Stay the course.

I am anxious to see what day 60 will bring. I know anxious is rather a negative word. But that is what I am.

 

Patricia Meyers
Waiting impatiently

 

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Being Allowed To Help

You know what is a little thing? Saying the word “Yes” or “Sure” when someone offers to help.

It is such a little thing to allow someone the gift of doing something for you.

Yes, I am speaking from my heart here. I absolutely love doing stuff for people. It is part of what makes me me. And when someone is kind enough to just say “Yes,” that is a delight to the soul. Continue reading

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My goal for every hospital stay

You gotta have a goals in life, right? Well, when you are ill with a chronic disease (mine was kidney disease), your goals might be a little skewed from normal.

Sometimes it is just to get up and dressed in the morning. Sometimes it is to keep a meal down. Sometimes it is to not snap at your loved ones. (Really.) Sometimes it is to do ONE thing that makes you feel productive.

If you are really sick and spending a lot of time at doctor offices or admitted to hospitals, it is a really good idea to have a goal for those events.

I mean, truly, they aren’t fun. And you don’t want things to just “happen” to you without you having a say in a thing or two. (See this post about stuff that happens to you.)

A hospital bed – I’ve seen toooooo many of these.

Often, when you are sick, you have very little control over things. You know, they come in and take you away for a test, or procedure, or God knows what. You get rolled down the hallway and things happen. Then they come by and put that hideous NPO sign on your hospital door and no one brings you food or drink until the next trip down the hall to an unnamed event, for which you had no say. That event is usually the following day and it could be early or NOT. And you starve. And thirst. Continue reading

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