May 2022 Biannual Health Test Results – Whole Food Plant Based is the way to go!

My biannual blood test results were done this week, and things continue to be great. Like last time, I was slightly worried about my HbA1c blood sugar results, because I continue to eat fruits every day, and also sometimes some 100% honey hard candies (honey is not vegan, but OK with Dr. McDougall, though Dr. Greger thinks honey is only slightly better than sugar, and Chef AJ frowns upon it). But my HbA1c blood sugar actually went down again! And all my blood test results continue to be great.

I can’t emphasize enough how great I think WFPB (Whole Food Plant Based) eating is for health and weight control. I’ve been completely off blood sugar meds for two-and-a-half years now.

Eating WFPB seems to have reset my body. I wish I had discovered it earlier. My doctor said I have absolutely no more blood sugar worries, and I should just concentrate on building upper body strength. I get plenty of cardio exercise with my dog walks. And lately I have been doing some extra resistance training, like daily squats and short workouts with my old Bullworker.

I’m not having any trouble maintaining weight, though it does go up and down by a few pounds. Basically I’m stable around 144 or 145 lb, a total loss of about 140 lb. Sometimes it’s a bit more, sometimes a bit less. While I continue to log my weight every morning I don’t let fluctuations of a few pounds bother me.

You can read more in detail about what I eat in my blog post, Oh Boy! Doug Food Again! But to sum up quickly, I follow WFPB (whole food plant based) eating: mostly vegan, no oil, very limited nuts, and limited sugar and salt. No intermittent fasting, no keto, lots of carbs including potatoes and fruits. I stick to low calorie density foods to help with maintaining weight loss. For example potatoes are surprisingly low calorie and bread is very high calorie. 

Here’s a recent before-and-after photo. (This is the same photo I posted last time. I’ll try to take a newer one.)

I log my food and exercise calories in MyFitnessPal, and keep within 1600 net calories per day (food calories minus exercise calories). I recently upped that a bit. Today is MFP streak day 3,644. 

As far as the new test results go, my blood sugar remains normal, without medication (HbA1c is 5.1, normal range 4.7-6.2). That’s down from 5.3 in my last test, and way down from a dangerously high 11.8 when I started WFPB.

My cholesterol is fantastic (total 128, normal range 120-219; bad cholesterol LDL 65, normal range 70-139; good cholesterol HDL 39, normal range 35-80), triglycerides are fine (83, normal range 30-150), and blood pressure is great (101/59 with heart rate 62 bpm). If you are interested you can check my May 2021 biannual results to see the historic values and how they have improved over time. You can also see my October 2021 results from 6 months ago.

I do recommend WFPB eating for both health and weight loss.

Facebook account restored. Again.

After 18 days my Facebook account has been restored, thanks to a friend who interceded and filed an internal report. The report found no violations and that was that.

The last time this happened was in November. But then I was back within 24 hours of uploading my ID. At that time I said “Once burned, twice foolish, three times…???” Now it’s the fourth time.

Facebook says that have taken steps to ensure this doesn’t happen again. We’ll see. “Centralized Escalations Support” sounds like a working group on “Severance.”

Going forward I’m going to have to think long and hard about how I use Facebook.

I have found groups for things like health and political discussions just fine on Reddit. And I’ve even started using Twitter some more. It’s interesting in that you can view the “engagement” of each of your posts. It’s more chaotic though. And of course I have my blog here. And my private label social network at Lifemind. It’s hard to get people to join new social networks though.

Anyway, I’m glad I can see my circle of friends at Facebook again. That’s all I really missed.

Nice walk by the sakura in full bloom

Yesterday’s walk with Pao by the Nakagawa. The sakura are still in full bloom. I haven’t been to any other places this year to check out the sakura. They are still advising against hanami at busy locations. But this is nice enough. Fairly peaceful (unless a motorcycle drives by and Pao leaps at it). We met another dog and he nearly ripped my finger off grabbing at a snack, which made me appreciate for the first time how gentle Pao is when taking food from strangers’ hands.