Monday, December 23, 2013

Going veg

This will be the first New Years Eve I can remember that I will weigh less now than I did at the beginning of the year.

About two months ago I watched an interesting documentary called "Forks Over Knives". It's about being Vegan. I never thought I could be a Vegetarian...much less a Vegan.

The documentary opened my eyes a lot. I was eating mean because I "needed" protein and consumed diary products because I "needed" calcium. Turns out I was eating way more protein than I needed.

So I took the plunge and went full fledged Vegetarian....with Vegan influences. I following Vegetarian practices but when possible I am full Vegan. I don't consume traditional dairy products like milk, ice cream or yogurt. I will consume dairy or eggs if they are a minor ingredient in something however.

It's been much easier than I thought it would be. There have been some amazing results.

I sleep better and deeper than I ever have. I used to wake up often or just feel sluggish. No longer.

Another benefit has been the weight loss. I'd already been exercising. Going veg has put a turbo on the weight loss. I've lost 30 pounds in 3 months. Slow and steady weight loss. It's nice.

This isn't a diet as I plan do be a vegetarian for the rest of my life. I used to eat meat because I was raised that way and never thought much of it. I then began thinking "why?" I mostly ate meat covered in sauces and spices. I rarely ate plain meat. So I didn't really like the meat, I liked the sauces and spices.  I can eat the same or similar flavors with vegetables and tofu.

I eat a lot more fresh vegetables now. A common mean is steamed vegetables over rice. No real seasoning is needed. I have splurged on a Blendtec blender. I've made some awesome all vegetable and a few mixed smoothies. My first vegetable smoothie had kale, spinach, ginger, lemon, carrot and cucumber. It was awesome.....Kelli tried it....but only a sip.

She has been supportive. She has no plans on following me down this path though.

Hopefully in the new year I will update my blogs more. I've been neglecting them.

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