Friday, March 26, 2010

The test results are in.

First of all, I'm sorry for not blogging much this week....I've been really busy with work and my husband was sick with a really high fever. I'll try to do better next week.

So most of you know I've been talking about Vitamin D a lot lately. (Check out my original post about it)  Well I finally got my blood test results from the doctor and yup, I'm low too.  BUT....I was slightly higher than my husband (maybe because my skin is a little lighter??).  The number the doctor gave me was 15.  I guess it should be above 20 or 30? So I picked up my prescription of 50,000 Units.  I tried to find out what kind of D it was....and it said the company that made it was Pliva.  You can see it here.  It says that it's similar to Drisdol, which is a brand name for D2, so I'm going to assume that my prescription is indeed D2.  Although I haven't taken it yet....

My B12 was normal!!!

On to the others.  I don't know if any of you know, but I've been trying to lose more weight these past several months.  That's why I started this way of eating in the first place.....sort of a Vegan/McDougall/Low fat way of eating.  I've been able to lose about 24 pounds in the last 6-7 months, so I'm happy about that.  I'm now in a healthy weight range cholesterol number was under 180!  I have to tell you I didn't think that would've ever been possible.  This was my last effort to try to lower it.  I had lost about 60 pounds a few years ago and my cholesterol only came down 10 points!  My doctor was surprised as well.  It definitely runs in my family, so that makes it even harder.  But with this new way of eating, it's brought it into the healthy range, FINALLY :)  And without the help of medication.

I guess that's it for now.  I'll probably start taking the Vitamin D soon.

Here are a few pictures from this past week of eating:

A chocolate mousse pie (I bought the vegan crust a while ago and thought I'd use it), made with silken tofu, cocoa powder, agave, vanilla, and amaretto (which is probably not vegan).

Bruschetta made from local hydroponic tomatoes, my fresh basil, a pinch of sea salt, and just a hint of olive oil on sprouted grain bread:

Those Monterey Mushrooms and collard greens with black pepper:

And finally, don't forget to vote for the item you want me to giveaway!! I'll probably decide on the item this weekend and do the giveaway next on the lookout.

And since I forgot this week's blogger of the it is:
Blogger of the Week: Bronwyn Schweigerdt's BeanDiet Blog. She's a nutrionist with lots of great info on vitamins, and your diet in general.

Eat smart,


  1. thanks for all your entries and gonna see what you're giving away now...or thinking about ....

  2. Your post reminded me that I haven't done a blood test for almost a year :S The last test showed hight cholesterol, despite the fact I was already vegan :(

    In my case it was the other way round: I gained weight after becoming vegan. But I really needed it, so I consider it something positive :) Now I feel much better! But I should check my B12 and vitamins level, though.

    The chocolate mousse pie looks terrific!

    PS: Thanks for stopping by my blog :D Red lentils really go well in any kind of stew or soup, plain or mixed with something else (veggies, grains...) Because of their creamy texture, they are great served over rice, for example :)

  3. First of all--we missed you posting--but please, family, health and all of that always comes first! Second, congrats on your weight loss--that is a really big deal to drop 24 pounds! All of your news was great--except about your hubby taking ill--hope he is better! I was surprised about the B12--my doctor took one look at me and my vegan diet and predicted it would be low, and he was right. And I was really anemic. (Same for me on the vitamin D.)I believe in taking vitamin supplements when needed--so I didn't balk at his suggestion to do so.

  4. Thanks guys! Yes, my husband is better now, back to work. I actually asked my doctor to check the B12. I guess I was surprised to find that it was normal, but I'd like to see the numbers for myself...for some reason they don't automatically send you the test results here. Will have to pick them up at the doctor's office. I guess I'll take the Vitamin D starting on the first (so I'll remember)'s a once a month thing.



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