Kaiser Permanente to Doctors: Recommend Plant-Based Diet

An interesting development. From the article:

In a startlingly reasonable development, health insurance monolith Kaiser Permanente urges physicians to make use of the abundant existing evidence regarding diet and disease prevention. Kaiser now encourages its 15,000 affiliated doctors to recommend a plant-based to all patients, “especially those with high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or obesity.”

That’s, of course, the diet I am on.

See the slightly larger article at: http://eatdrinkbetter.com/2013/08/24/insurance-giant-backs-plant-based-diet-for-all/

Good checkup at the hospital

I just got back from a two month checkup at the hospital. Excellent blood test results. My LDL is now down to 64! That’s probably better than all my friends.

My blood sugar dropped even more and is a completely normal HbA1c of 5.5 – without medication. That was a pleasant surprise, because I’ve been eating a lot of fruits like bananas lately, and all that white rice that I have been eating until just last couple of weeks. But it all had nothing but positive effects on my blood sugar.

My blood pressure was 115/62, also without medication.

Everything was just completely normal. The doctor was pleased. The nutritionist was pleased. I was pleased.

That’s about it. I go back for another regular check up in two months.

At this rate, my health insurance company is going to continue to make huge profits on me. :)


How fat am I?

One of the questions that keeps on percolating up when discussing my 4 month plateau is “how fat am I?”

This is a photo of myself I took just now. As some of you might know, I’ve been stuck at the same weight for about 4 months now.

According to my BMI that still puts me in the “obese” range. I think I look more “overweight” than “obese.”

Still much better than I did 76 lb ago. But I’d somehow feel like I need to lose another 20 kg.

I personally think I look “overweight but not so overweight people would snicker” like they did before.

I’m not fishing for compliments here – just thinking out loud.