Happy Sunday Morning!
I just got off of the phone with Momma Macaroon. For those who know her or of her, you are aware that she’s still trying to understand what it means to be vegetarian or vegan. Countless times, she has asked us things like “Can you eat chicken?” “Fish isn’t a meat. Can you eat that?” Our responses always seem to amaze her. Well, starting today, she’s joining the vegetarian ranks, but not by choice.
About 2 months ago, my mother, who is a diabetic, woke up in excruciating foot pain. She thought maybe she banged her toe in her sleep. She went to to repeated doctor and podiatrist visits with unclear diagnosis. They ranged from arthritic toe to gout to possible bone fracture. She took things day by day, trying to walk long distances or even drive. Some days were good. Other days, her foot, toe or ankle would swell and keep her down.
Well, Momma recently had blood work done. It showed that she had very high levels of uric acid in her system. This was not the first time this occurred. The first time, last year, the uric acid levels were elevated, and she was told to cut back on seafood, of which she ate a lot. That seemed to do the trick.
Now, she’s forced to cut back on foods with high and medium purine levels, which are found in meats, poultry, yeast, certain vegetables, etc. This leads her to becoming a low-carb vegetarian. It’s not necessarily a bad thing.
I don’t know how long she has to do this, but I hope it gets her to change her way of eating going forward. It won’t be easy but we’re even going to follow her diet with her. Her doctor, who’s a vegan, would be happy, and we would too!
Love to Momma Macaroon!