For the last couple of years, my blood pressure has been 138/88 or there abouts. Now, after being a vegan for three weeks, and quitting smoking, my blood pressure on Friday was 110/70, which is perfect!! I've still only lost a couple of pounds and I'm by no means being super healthy, but I think this is progress.
My greatest difficulty is eating out (no surprise there) and dealing with the teasing which I am very sensitive about for some reason, especially the animal jokes. Anyhow, I went to an amusement park yesterday and ate the tater tots, though I wasn't SURE they were vegan, and I ate some popcorn too. Both of these were most likely vegan, but.....oh I don't know. I can't be perfect all the time, can I? And Friday night we took my son out for his 21st birthday, (bar hopping) and I gave in and had a couple of cigarettes. I could really feel it the next day.
But overall, I think I'm doing okay. It's not as hard as I thought it would be. What do you guys do when you eat something you're not sure about? I'm going crazy calling all the restaurants in town.
I'm new at this too, but I don't think the tater tots would be vegan. Only because its fried, and most fried foods are processed. I have high blood pressure and would like to get off the meds! I need to quit smoking too! Any suggestions for that would be helpful :-)
I've been on the road to a vegan for 5 days, and am enjoying it more every day. I am starting to feel tired earlier though, but I wasn't much of a sleeper before so maybe thats a good thing more sleep!
Hi, i also have high blood pressure and i am on meds for it. Question - a lot of the sauces [misco etc.] are very high in sodium. Has anyone found this to be a problem with HBP and if so what are you useing instead? Gail
Tater tots are vegan. Something can be highly processed, like soda, and still be vegan. The only thing that wouldn't make them vegan is if they were fried in beef fat, OR, if like McDonald's hash browns, they have ingredients that are derived from beef or other animal products.
As for the quitting smoking, Gail, I was doing great, but now I've slipped up again. It's hard to make so many changes at once. Still, I'm MOSTLY not smoking, so at least that's something.
Miso, at least the kind in instant packets, is packed with sodium, so wouldn't be a good choice for you, but homemade miso should be fine.
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