Monday Muster & The Vegan Experiment Update

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What a week it’s been. I was finally starting to feel better from my knee procedure when my Physical Therapist upped the ante with my exercises. Since last Wednesday, I have been in excruciating pain and taking pain pills round the clock. I had been cleared for six PT appointments so I thought last week was my final visit but my PT says I need more therapy. Oh, well … No pain, no gain, right? Hopefully, I can rally and put something together for Thanksgiving or the hubs and I will be having Ezekiel cereal with soy milk for the holiday :-)

Last week, I mentioned the beginning of my vegan experiment and I’m happy to report the first weeks results are better than I had planned. My goal is to have a fasting blood glucose (blood glucose level first thing in the morning) less than 100 while consuming mainly legumes, grains, vegetables and fruits. As you can see by the chart below, I made my goal!

Fasting Blood Glucose Levels - The Vegan Experiment - Food Stories Blog

Returning to my vegan ways has been rewarding and challenging, at the same time. I don’t know if it’s mental or physical but I feel better. Moving from a diet of all protein and fat to mainly complex, low GI carbs has been a mental hurdle though as I put on 5 lbs almost overnight (it’s a normal physiological process when your body burns carbs for fuel instead of fat but depressing nonetheless). Not really doing my knee any favors but it’ll settle out in due time.

Before my setback with physical therapy, I did get to hobble around the kitchen a little bit, though …

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Pumpkin Baked French Toast that did not work out for me. Obviously, this was in the oven too long but it was still wet and mushy in the center so I modified the recipe and tried again. The second one was just as wet :-(

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 This vegan chocolate wacky cake was simply amazing. Definitely remaking this one!

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 Practiced my pie crust for the big feast on Thursday …

That’s about the extent of my week. What’s been going on with you?

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The Vegan Experiment & Type II Diabetes
Today’s Fasting Blood Glucose was 94
My goal is < 100

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  1. Hope you have a restful Thanksgiving so your knee can heal! Going from low carb to vegan is a huge switch. I’ve recently discovered that I needed more carbs than allowed on a low carb diet but ugh….that water weight gain is not fun. Glad your blood sugar is responding well. :)
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  2. Love the picture of the vegan chocolate wacky cake! Sounds as if you’re on the road to recovery, although it’s taking a bit longer than you’d like. I’m sure you’ll be feeling fine soon! Will be interested to learn more about your vegan eating habits – keep us posted!
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  3. Can’t wait to see more on that chocolate cake that’s also vegan. It looks delicious and I’m intrigued! :) Hope your knee is showing improvement.
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  4. I am so glad you are getting around better my friend keep it up!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
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  5. Vegan or not, that chocolate cakes looks really, really good. ;)
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  6. That wacky cake looks fabulous and I’d love to know more about your vegan pie crust! I’m trying to be healthier, eating less sugar, less processed and generally more clean. These dishes all look great! Hope your knee is better soon!

  7. Hope that knee rehab goes well. Healing takes time and if you rush it, it could only take longer. Patience.
    As for the recipe failure, that happens in my kitchen a lot. Sometimes it’s not how it looks, but how it tastes. Bet that chocolate wacky cake was awesome!
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  8. that wacky cake looks awesome!!!! Happy thanksgiving and glad to hear you are starting to get around a bit more :)
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  9. I think you’ve accomplished many goals this week! Hope your knee will have a speedy recovery!
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