My Vegan Journey from a Zen Diet Approach
I was reading a very good post from a few years ago about being on a Zen Diet and having major success with my cholesterol and triglyceride levels. I was able to bring them down dramatically by eating 6 small meals a day and eating smaller portions of fruits, vegetables, some seafood and tea.
2013 Test Results
After 1 month of going on this modified Japanese/Zen Diet, I had great results with my cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
My results were:
- Cholesterol = 132
- Triglycerides = 156
- Blood Pressure = 145/96
As you can see, my blood pressure was still high, and I think the problem was from the fact that I was drinking a lot of caffeinated green tea with my Zen Meals and still eating a lot of salty foods, which can bring blood pressure up.
And, that is why I became a Vegan again, after experimenting with this Zen Diet, but even on a Vegan Diet I needed to bring my sodium intake down.
But it’s nice to read these older posts to get a good perspective of what I’ve been through on this journey to lower my blood pressure.
Adaptations to my current Vegan Diet include:
- Going gluten free. Because I can now feel the difference in the way I feel when eating foods that have gluten in them, and there are a lot of foods with gluten!
- Using Cron-o-meter to monitor my salt intake and making sure I’m getting all my nutrients on this diet.
- Cutting down on fat. A secondary goal would be to cut down on dietary fat, even healthier oils like extra-virgin olive oil.
- Even more important is to monitor food intake with Cron-o-meter to make sure I’m not over-eating.
The Gluten-Free Vegan
So far, a gluten-free, vegan diet is working for me as a musician. Performance-wise, it’s really helping. And I’m inspired by NFL quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, and Tom Brady for going gluten-free (or mostly gluten-free) for performance purposes.