I'm nine + years post OHS. My wife keeps an eagle-eye on my diet and allows me one (preferably) low-fat 4 oz. burger a week. (I had been a 3/week, plus fries, guy). We eat fish two or three times/week (including low-sodium, canned tuna), a turkey sandwich from the deli weekly, and lots of chicken (white meat, skinned). Ample fruit and veggies but, totally, vegan...? No way. Nothing wrong with it, but definitely not necessary.
My numbers are good; I am fit and feel terrific.
Oh yeah, egg white omelets are fine. I hear that opinions vary on yolks.
Co-author, with Adele Levin, of "I Will Keep You Alive: A Cardiovascular Romance"
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Hi, Rick, sorry for the late response, I'm just seeing your question now. I had a near fatal heart attack 12 years ago and 4 stents in the nick of time saved my life. After a week in the hospital I was sent home and prescribed 5 medications probably similar to the ones you are taking (Plavix, Lipitor, Metoprolol, etc) and told I would most likely need to take these for the rest of my life. Looking for an alternate path for my future health and wellness, I began to read books by Drs. Dean Ornish and Caldwell Esselstyn who believe eating a vegan diet can prevent and even reverse cardiovascular disease. I decided to try it, and changing my diet to just eating plants, vegetables, and fruits didn't happen overnight. It started with beef, then chicken, then fish, then eggs and dairy. I felt better each time I eliminated one more animal product. It took about six months.
I've been off these medications for 11 years now - with my doctor's approval. I still have the same cardiologist who performed the surgery and primary doctor. This is important - I was able to stop taking these medications because my doctor said I didn't need them anymore. You have to decide what is more extreme - eating medication for the rest of your life or eating whole food organic plants, vegetables, and fruits?My best,Mike
Hi, Rick, why do you say just eating plants, vegetables and fruit is not for you so quickly? Not eating animals has changed my life. I realize now when I see cows, chickens, and pigs I don't stare stare at them with hunger like a wolf or lion. Why? It's not in our nature. Isn't it nice that these meats are all cut up and packaged in the supermarket for convenience?Now when I go to an apple orchard, an orange grove, or a grape vineyard my mouth begins to water; just thinking about apples, oranges, and grapes makes my mouth water. Try it. We are not wolves or lions - our digestive system is much different - a narrow tube 5X longer. And no fangs and claws to rip and tear too. A knife or spear or rifle doesn't change your digestive tract.Mike
Rick (and anyone else reading this), check out the Blue Zone books by Dan Buettner. These books tell you how people around the world living 100+ years live and eat.