Here’s the deal: yesterday I got my 400th subscriber (I hate the word ‘follower’) and I want to thank everyone who subscribed, supports, reads or comments on this blog. You guys and gals are awesome and I’ve loved interacting with you all. I’m deeply flattered that anyone would read this blog, let alone have 400 of you decide to click the ‘follow’ button.
So thank you and I look forward to more blogging in the future!
Second of all, I finally did it and became…basically…a vegan. I say ‘basically’ because the transformation isn’t complete. I haven’t had meat in nearly a week, but that doesn’t mean I’m totally sworn off the stuff yet.
I’ve written before about the ethical concerns I have with eating meat, but it’s taken me a long time to work up the courage to do anything about it. Last year around Christmas time, I quit smoking and haven’t touched one since. This year (coincidentally) I’ve decided to take the next step and lose weight (and assuage my guilt about unnecessarily eating meat) by adopting a diet plan that doesn’t include meat, dairy or animal products.
Now this doesn’t mean I’m going to go around and preach to people about how they eat. This is very much a personal decision and I’ve eaten meat my entire life (and loved every minute of it) so I have no right to talk down to people who still choose to eat meat and partake in animal products. Everything I say here is from my own perspective and is about my opinion only. So if you still eat meat and want to continue, that’s totally your choice and I’m fine with that.
With that said, I’ve lost a total of five pounds after about a week. I didn’t exercise during this time. I just spent that time concentrating on changing my dietary habits. I stick to fruits and vegetables mostly, including huge salads. I don’t add salt to anything, and avoid anything that is packaged with sodium etc. My diet mainly consists of beans, whole fruits, vegetables and nuts (sparingly). I have cut out dairy products, animal products, fruit juice and oils, except small amounts of nut oils, such as almond butter when necessary and a dash of cream in my morning decaffeinated coffee, which I hope to cut out soon.
Keep in mind that during the day, I would drink HUGE amounts of coffee. I would consume at least 4 large cups, and that was a slow day. Usually, I would drink between 4-8 big cups of triple-triple coffee. I now allow myself only two normal sized cups, with a splash of cream and two sweeteners instead of sugar.
It’s my one cheat so sue me.
The first two days I experienced some stomach upset. By ‘stomach upset’ I mean I had gas and some gurgle action going on. I also had a short attention span and a slight headache – the latter probably from caffeine withdrawal. I also experienced mild fatigue.
However, after day two, I felt markedly better. I find the food is tasting better and better, and more importantly, I feel more energetic than usual. In fact, I feel fantastic.
I used to have a very, very (understatement) hard time getting up for anything besides work, but I now find that I have a ton more energy and I feel better than I have in quite a while. I hope this trend continues and isn’t a sort of placebo effect, but I guess time will tell.
As I type this, for example, I’m enjoying a beautiful butternut squash soup that my wife made last night.
I’ve also cut out any and all sweets…commonly referred to as ‘junk food’.
That doesn’t mean I’ll never have another sweet, but I plan on sticking to this aggressive diet plan till at least Christmas, before I allow myself any more small cheats, such as a cookie or something.
So where did this radical idea come from?
My wife and I have a friend who started this diet (found in the book Eat to Live) and he has lost 20 pounds in about a month. He also doesn’t stick to it as religiously (bad pun alert!) as we are. He allows himself small portions of meat, such as steak, fish and chicken with some of his meals.
So anyways, that’s what I’ve been up to. If you have any recipe suggestions, comments or questions, feel free to leave them in the comment section below.
I’ll be sure to keep you updated on my progress or lack thereof.
And thanks again to all of those who have liked, commented or read my work here. It’s greatly appreciated!