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Newly Vegan/Juicing and it is pretty awesome!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

So, have you seen the documentary "Forks over Knives"? Its a life-changer, as far as I am concerned. It is the best single source I have seen that truly makes the case for removing meat and dairy from our diets. I am in total agreement with the animal cruelty aspects, as well as the environmental impact of using so much water and grain to feed animals that will just become supper. But that isn't what pushed me into going vegan: I was falling apart.

My health has been going downhill for sometime. I felt decrepit. I should not feel this way at 37 years old. And without health insurance, I was fearing the worst. I just got over having strep throat for 2 straight months. Yes, two whole months. I finally got rid of it when I took a third round (third!!!!) round of antibiotics - stuff so strong, they use it on people who are exposed to anthrax! My body was just not able to heal itself very well and that was frightening! The last time I got so crazy sick - it spurred me onto making the biggest, best change to my health so far - quitting smoking. It has been over 3 years since I quit!

Now, it is time to tackle the obesity once and for all. No more meat. No more dairy. No more eggs. And I have just begun day 11 and it isn't bad. Not at all. Somehow this seems to work for me psychologically because I have been focusing on what I CAN have, rather than what I am missing. I am certain the biggest thing helping me right now is the fact that I have always been squeamish about eating things and thinking about what I am eating at the same time. I could never eat meats I didn't grow up eating. For example, I grew up always knowing the taste of beef, and being able to "forget" what it was I was eating. But if you gave me venison, I couldn't eat it, because I knew what it was and I couldn't get over it. Now, over a week in this new phase of life, if I were to eat something knowing there was beef on it, I don't think I could shut my mind off. I am making the taste unfamiliar to me and hope my food-weirdness helps me out!

This very moment, I am eating my first home-cooked, hot meal - vegetarian (vegan really) chili. I love it! I have been eating a lot of the more simple "lunch-ish" things for vegans, like black bean burgers, hummus and whole grain pita, soups, etc. But I want to start making more, since that is the point too - whole grain, healthy cooking. Since I am not a huge fan of the vegetable in general, I have also started added juicing to my repertoire! (For this, go see the documentary "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead", which is inspiring too!). But, I am not fasting at all. I am only using this method to get more veggies in my diet. I could eat fruit all day long. With veggies, they are well-hidden by adding a little fruit. For example, this is what a favorite juice consisted of for me: Big bunch of raw spinach, couple big leaves of kale, one big carrot, 2 green apples, one pear and lemon juice added in the end (didn't have any whole lemon). Totally funky colors, but could barely taste the veggies! Awesome! It was great! And I got all those nutrients in one easy to drink glass!

I am feeling very optimistic! Weight loss is about 5 pounds in 10 days - no calorie counting. I am still eating other things as long as they don't have dairy or meat in them. One day at a time.

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