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Why This Pescatarian Will Go 100% Plant Based Soon!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

As a Spark member, I've gone through a sort of metamorphosis, as I'm sure you have too. While I write this, I think back to my prior days as a NutriSystem payee, Weight Watchers, The Cabbage Soup Diet and an assortment of starvation fads- I've done it all since my diagnosis. Back and forth I went, attempting to gain control over my body and health. None lasted long, other than WW, but my illness was a domineering, dominating opponent...

So I decided to drop fast food; probably one of my best moves ever! If it wasn't Subway or Panda Express (teriyaki chicken and vegetables) or sushi, I didn't eat outside of my kitchen. I'd already left soda behind me, so that move was rather easy. Sadly, I found no enjoyment in eating out at restaurants, with my husband and son. They love to eat- especially at AYCE's, but they didn't do it for me and it was hard to stay on track, so I began saying "NO".

And I lost weight, but it wasn't enough for me. I was miserable that food no longer had any flare and I always got tired of eating before I was even full - which my auto-immune disorder wasn't crazy about. So I began reading on Asian foods; I don't know why, so don't ask. lol

Now I'm the over weight girl who walks every day and does Zumba each Friday, faithfully, yet I was slowly losing. Not that that's bad, it just wasn't enough for me. I've been a size 6 and a size 26/28- I had to get the weight off faster than half a pound or two each week. So I let go of meat and became Pescatarian.

Because of my illness, I do not process meat well, so I stopped with red meat altogether, along with chicken. Yes, I said goodbye to it as well, and replaced it with fish. Shelled and scaly were my new friends, and they partnered with me quite well. I was no longer bloated, I had more energy and skin began to clear up. After a year or so, I presented myself with a new question:

What if I lived by plants alone? Would that help me even more? What are the benefits and how in the world would I get my protein?

I began searching the internet, studying the pros and cons of a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle. I purchased books (book in that category are freaking expensive!) and asked many friends if they regretted the decision. I knew one thing was certain- I wasn't going Keto! I chucked cooking oils and purchased coconut oil. I hunted down nutritional yeast and even purchased Fred and Ricky's meals, and amp'd up my exercise regime. All the changes and new staples to my kitchen lead me to something special.

As I now type this blog, I'm proud to say I'm knocking on the door of both 60 pounds down and the 200 Wall! This is actually working! Now I'm not saying this is what everyone should do; I'm just sharing that after going through all the heartache, illness and frustration, I've found what clicks for me and my body. I now can see I've made the proper decisions for my body and my future.

Plant based eating means making sacrifices. By the end of this year, my life as a Pescatarian will end. I will no longer eat cheese or eggs as well. I know it's going to be tough, but I have some fab Vegetarian/Vegan magazines to help me discover other snacks and sweets to keep me healthy and happy. I'm experimenting more too, instead of scrunching my nose at things like brussel sprouts and beets. It's a whole new world for me. I also pay even MORE attention to food labels, if that's possible, because many vegan/vegetarian items and recipes load down in carbs and sugars. I can't have that either. The thing is, I'm learning.

I see 2018 with me being much healthier and thinner! Have you recently made a dramatic change along your health journey? I'd love to hear from you! I know I'm going to need help with this and I truly welcome any advice you have! Thanks for reading and have an amazing day!
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    As a dedicated meat-lover for most of my life I felt guilty but "could not give up meat."

    Until one day, I did. Cold Tofurky.

    That was almost 4 years ago and I have never looked back.

    I'm so glad to read your blog post and wish you a joyful and healthful journey, Would love to chat if you have questions. And join the Vegan Nutrition Team, if you haven't already!

    Cheers and grats!

    1414 days ago
  • ALOFA0509
    Congrats on your weight loss!!! looks like you've found something that works 4U emoticon
    1416 days ago
  • STARZ16
    Learning to listen to our bodies is a tremendous conquest. Once we hear what our body is telling us, we are on our way to success, if we really listen. Kudos to you for having the courage to stick to what works for you.I admire your wisdom and perseverance. Keep on your path to healthy. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1416 days ago
    It appears you're on the right track. Congratulations on your successes thus far. You're on your way!

    Hippocrates said “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” And I purport that to be fact.

    I was once a serious meat eater among other things or nearly everything. Now, I just about given up on red meat, most grains, and some fruits and vegetables. And while not making a great reduction in calorie intake, I watch the weight melt away. But most surprisingly, I experience changes in my overall health including better thyroid function, less allergies, lower blood pressure, less ache and pains, and reductions of stomach and gut related issues just to names a few. Additionally, I nearly eliminated my use of OTC and prescription meds. My "diet" is loosely based on The Plant Paradox a approach.

    I wish you the best and continued success on your journey.

    1416 days ago
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    You are truly dedicated and committed to your health and diet. Great research! Drink water and green tea to flush the toxins from your system. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1417 days ago
    I thought about a plant-based diet. I even tried eating plant-based meal one day a week but I did not succeed. The first day yes, the next week no. I am glad to hear this healthy way is good for you. Keep up the best way of life for you.
    1418 days ago
  • KITT52
    sounds like you founds a way f life that works for you..Good Luck
    great job on the weight loss

    Have a healthy week
    1418 days ago
  • TCRANE522
    I went completely plant based 4. And a half years ago and haven't looked back. It was the best decision that I have ever made. I am down 175 lbs and still losing. I am the healthiest that I have ever been. a litte tip, ditch oils completly.
    1418 days ago
    Oh my stars! The phrase that stuck in my head? Cabbage soup. Sounds so good. I will make some tonight with all the veggies from my garden as I have a cabbage ready to pick! Yum!
    1418 days ago
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