NY is completely new to me and wondering how I can use it day to day ?
Nutritional yeast is awesome stuff. As with everything with those new to plant based there are many new flavors and textures to discover. The first bit of advice I will give you for nutritional yeast is to buy it fresh. The canned stuff can't hold a candle to fresh sold in health food stores usually found in the bulk sections. The difference in taste is huge. You can sprinkle it on almost everything savory. It has a nutty cheesy taste and is used to make cheese substitutes. it is used as an ingredient in many preparations. Sprinkled on popcorn it is fantastic.
When I get a chance I'm going to add a list of resources for recipes, ingredients, kitchen equipment etc.
Regarding Ken's post in the P forum about not giving up meat. Some people will never give up the foods that are killing them. The idea of giving up meat, cheese, and eggs is so abhorrent they will search until they find a doctor who tells they what they want to hear. My brother is a prime example of this. He is obese, hypertensive, takes statins for cholesterol, and 5 years ago was diagnosed type II. I sent him a copy of The China Study which he read. He asked his doctor about the diet and his doctor said "Yeah, you should do that but you'll fail so don't bother. Stay on the pills and don't worry about your diet." My brother was only to happy to comply. Today he is still obese, hypertensive, on statins, and diabetes meds.
Folks like Ken who have a vested interest in meat will, for the most part, never even acknowledge the possibility meat, dairy, and eggs might be the cause of their health issues.
There is one stand out meat guy who has broken that mold. Howard Lyman.
A northernsmoke quote from the P forum- "As mentioned everyone is different, for instance my high blood pressure was normalized in ten days after eliminating coffee from my diet. I don't miss it and it's had all the benefits of a normal BP. I have a short term target of 60 days when my next bloodwork is due, what happens after that will really determine what happens next ..."
There is some truth to this but not as much as you might think. On a global scale we are more physiologically alike than we are different. Differences are on an individual scale and the well meaning members of the P forum have already decided plant based was not an option. One has even gone Paleo which is insanity to me. I'm not going to argue the point there. In fact, you will be better off if you don't mention your new diet to anybody. No one will agree with you and it will only cause problems.
It is logical to assume your hypertension may have been at least partially caused by your coffee consumption if all other variables were controlled for, that is, nothing else was changed other than coffee consumption. That includes physical and mental components as well as dietary. Then longevity must also be taken into account.
The fear and loathing of a plant based diet is psychological and odd to me considering the large and ever growing body of scientific evidence supporting it. Do your own research. This category only exists to facilitate that by way of links to sites that offer information.
I applaud your motivation and determination but doing this alone is not ideal. Seeking out an experienced diet and lifestyle doctor's advice to monitor your progress is a better way but these people are not yet practicing on every street corner. I was lucky. My doctor went plant based himself almost ten years before I did as a means of reversing his own problems. He pointed the way, never forced the issue and left the decision up to me. Luckily I know how to read and did my own research.
If you go this alone for 60 days you must educate yourself and quickly. You must strictly adhere to the diet. A large variety of plant foods, beans, legumes, plenty of greens, No meat, no dairy, no eggs and no added oil. That goes for olive oil too. Olive oil is not your friend. Nut butters are not your friend and in your case possibly fruits.
I wouldn't presume to offer advice in the treatment of Type II diabetes but I'll gladly point to where you can find what you are looking for. I believe you PM'd me that Forks Over Knives is what started you. It is a good ice-breaker.