After reading Alanna Collens’ 10% Human, I’ve really become interested in the role “good” bacteria play in my health.
I’m taking several steps to improve my health, and one of them has been to (following Dr. Collens’ example) try to eat at least 60 grams of fiber each day.
Try that some time, if you will. It takes some planning, some supplementation, and a big appetite.
But combined with a move to reduce my fat intake and to drastically reduce my refined sugar intake (easy to do after the holidays are over), I’ve lost almost 10 pounds since New Year’s Day.
A typical day includes:
Oatmeal with dates for breakfast (1 cup dry plus 2 Medjool dates, for 10-11 grams fiber, depending on the size of the dates)
About a pound of beans, usually worked into a recipe (17-25 grams)
5 teaspoons chicory inulin supplement, available locally as Benefiber (15 grams)
And the rest has to come from fruits, veggies, and breadstuffs.
If you’ve read this blog at all, you know that I went vegan last June.
But I didn’t go healthy.
I still ate like I used to eat: lots of burgers and fries, just veggie burgers.Lots of fried and heavy food in general.
Even doing that I lost over 25 pounds and kept 20 off (I regained a few during the holidays).
I didn’t go vegan to lose weight per se, but health was one of my concerns.
And my blood pressure was actually up at my wellness visit.
So I knew what I had to do.
I have to go deeper into the plant based diet. I have to start eating a more whole foods diet, minimizing the processed sugars and heavy fats (even the so-called “good fats”).
This will change the way I cook and the way I eat out.
Actually, it already has. I started eating this way on January 1st.
I started eating oatmeal with dates for breakfast instead of a bagel slathered with peanut butter.
I’ve added salads to my meals. I’ve started eating raw vegetables, including garlic and onion (so much for my breath).
I already feel better. I have more energy, I haven’t been as hungry during the day, and I think this is really going to help me.
I’ll keep you posted.