I was at a work outing yesterday and had pizza and beer for the first time in months; the beer was more alcohol than I’ve had in in toto for 2015. And I tell you, it was really good. Props to Pinstripes on East Illinois, but that Margherita pizza was some of the best pizza I’ve ever eaten.

But holy crap did I feel terrible an hour later. My joints swelled, and my chest just felt heavy; everything seemed like it took more effort. Plus, I was ungodly thirsty. I sucked down two tall glasses of diluted lemonade/orange-juice within minutes of getting home.

I’ve been vegan for the last six months and am now attempting vegan minus nuts, oil, and avocado. It’s a huge pain in the ass. However, it’s sort of nice to see what a difference it makes given a lapse like yesterday. I’m sure a lot of the effects were compounded by my heart condition, but it boggles my mind now to think that, before, I wouldn’t even hesitate to eat like that.

And those were even special occasions for me. Eating like that every day? No wonder over half a million Americans die of heart disease every year.

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  1. Did you did any research into coconut oil? Might be “healthier” alternative to your regular processed stuff. 

    Cheese on a pizza will mess you up as Anthony pointed out, your stomach did not processed it in months, so it’s like a whole new hurdle.

  2. Radek Drozdalski Avoiding added oil period is a tenet of the plans I’m trying. I feel like I’ve heard mixed things about coconut oil, but I can look into it.

    P.S., as a heart patient, I need to limit my sodium intake, too. My whole diet now is insane.

  3. Paul Beakley I’m stunned that anyone thought marketing a product with that name was a good idea.

    Other than a short consult and pamphlet a few days after my attack, my doctors don’t talk to me about diet much at all. It was actually a nurse from my insurance company that suggested I look at veganism, and it kind of snowballed from there.