Meat-Free Monday: My Life So Far (Status Update)

So, I’m three weeks in, and I’m feeling pretty good.

I’m eating like a king, trying new foods all the time (something I always loved doing anyway). And they aren’t all “healthy” foods, either:

  • General Tso’s Tofu
  • Lay’s Kettle Cooked Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper potato chips
  • Baked white potatoes with sesame seeds and either creole mustard or barbecue sauce
  • Pineapple juice mixed with seltzer water (very refreshing)
  • Outshine bars
  • So Delicious Almond Milk Mocha Ice Cream
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter on quality white bread or bagels
  • Bangkok Peanut Sauce on rice or noodles or whatever
  • Dark Chocolate Almond Milk

And that’s in addition to all the healthy food I’m eating

  • salads with apple cider vinegar and course-ground mustard dressing (mix them together and toss the greens – it’s awesome)
  • raw vegetables (crudites – pronounced crew-dee-tays. It sounds like a Mardi Gras parade: “Krewe De Tay”)
  • stir-fries starring broccoli, sugar snap peas, and chick peas
  • stir-fried eggplant
  • oatmeal sweetened with dates.
  • just eating the dates themselves

I’m really just eating whatever I want, whenever I want it, and eating as much as I want. I’m often hungry, but I’m never hungry for very long.

So how do am I doing?

Well, my digestion has been much better. I haven’t needed heartburn medicine since I started.

My energy level is up, though I still suffer when I don’t get enough sleep (and I’m still a coffee addict).

My weight is down 20 pounds, from 375 to 355, and my clothes fit again. Actually, some of them are starting to fall off of me. I’m glad I’ve got a good belt.

It’s easier to get off the ground, and I move around a lot better. I feel a lot lighter, though some of that may be the weight off my conscience 🙂

I actively want to keep this up.

Meat-Free Monday: Taste the Rainbow

 

623px-Crudites_Platter CC by Phoenix Catering

Image by Phoenix Catering, Creative Commons

I am amazed at just how COLORFUL my food is now that I’ve started eating a plant-based diet. It never occurred to me before, but almost everything I ate back then was either brown or gray.

When I opened my lunchbox last Tuesday at work, I saw a dark green salad (spinach and spring mix) with deep red dried cranberries, bright orange raw carrots, light green raw celery, deep purple grapes, black beans, white (parboiled) rice, and red salsa.

There was some brown – peanut butter, sunflower seeds apple cider vinegar and creole mustard dressing, and some tortilla chips – but overall, it’s like I opened my lunch box and one of my daughter’s cartoons burst out.

I really thought I would miss meat and dairy more. But I’m really enjoying my food so much more than I used to. I’m eating what I want, when I want, and as much as I want, and I’m still losing weight.

I know I’m still new at this and full of newbie enthusiasm, but I think I’m gonna make it. I feel so much better than I used to, and I don’t even miss the old foods.