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Until yesterday, I had managed 100% plant based and oil free. I hadn’t really had any crazy cravings except for chocolate due to PMS, and that was easily solved with a phenomenal vegan chocolate milk shake. But having not prepared any food and running errands for a couple of hours crashed my resolve a bit. I bought 1 off-list item and ATE IT ALL!  😉  It was the new Daiya margherita pizza. It was pretty good. I cooked it at 25 degrees less than on the box and for the minimum time, which was perfect.

I’ve also been allowing myself alcohol when I feel like it.

The weight is still slowly coming off. I’ve lost about 6.5 lbs. This is without working out consistently at all. I’ve gone bike riding several times and played disc golf…but that’s about it. My main exercise throughout the day comes from cleaning and wrangling 5 cats.

All in all, I’m quite pleased. No more heartburn…which I only got from greasy food anyway. No bloating! Lots of energy for the most part.

I have been marathon listening to the Happy Herbivore Meal Mentor podcast. Listening to the type of struggles others have encountered and how they overcame them has been very helpful. It is uplifting and keeps me focused on my goal.

Well, I’m off to make some cheeze sauce and mushroom gravy to put on the potatoes I steamed last night so I’ll have readily available food for the weekend!

Day 7

Today is day 7 on my plant based journey. I’m down 4 lbs and couldn’t be happier. I have more energy and just all over feel better than I have in a long time.

Yesterday I went to Whole Foods for cat food. For the first time ever, I didn’t buy any junk food. No pizza, no pudding, no vegan cheese or sausage, no chips…nada. The thought of doing so only very briefly crossed my mind at all and I’m sure that was mostly habit. In the past, I would insist on “treating myself” so some type of processed confection which I would devour immediately upon arriving home….whether or not I was actually hungry.

I was a little nervous to weight this morning because it felt like I just kept eating yesterday. I only ate when I was hungry, but it just felt like a whole lot of food. I think the hardest part of this transition is getting used to needing to eat every couple of hours. It has also been interesting that I seem to need to keep adding fuel until about 3pm each day. For some reason, after about 3pm, I don’t get hungry again.

I’ve even started going for a bike ride in the evening when I start to get restless and would usually begin to mindlessly graze. In the past, there is no way I would have braved the 100+ degree weather and insane traffic at 6pm. Now, it just doesn’t seem like that big of a deal.

I made Cheater Pad Thai for the first time yesterday. I overcooked the noodles and forgot to buy any of the veggies that were in the picture, going solely off the ingredient list. It was still pretty good, but I’m eager to make it again and knock it out of the park!

New adventures

Well, it has been a really long time since I’ve done anything with this blog. But, now I’m back!

I decided to embark on a low fat, plant based diet. This decision has been a long time coming and I’ve gone back and forth many times over this decision. Today is day 5 being 100% vegan, oil-free and no processed food. I’ve already lost 2 lbs and honestly feel so much better. I really feel that this time the new lifestyle will stick and I’m so excited.

I’ve been buoying my resolve by marathon watching all of the plant based documentaries on Netflix and listening to plant based podcasts. This type of full immersion helps me focus and keep in mind why I’m changing my diet. I’ve hung out with friends on two different occasions in the last 5 days and made sure to take food with me so that if and when I got hungry, I’d have something appropriate to eat.

So… far, so good! I’m going camping with friends this coming weekend. I haven’t been all that proactive about packing food to take even as just vegan, so this may get interesting. I’ve already decided to bake some muffins to take as well as things like Chickpea tuno salad, brown rice and beans, and corn on the cob. My plan is to take about double the amount of food I think I’ll need for the weekend. This should keep me happy and on track as well as be able to share with my friends…..because no matter how many times I hear “I could never give up x”, they still always want to eat my food and then go and eat their food too.  😉

Here’s a pic of yesterday’s lunch. I’m pretty sure with meals like this, I’ll be able to stay on track.