Self Care Part 1: Go Deeper Into the Plants


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. 

 

Meat-Free Monday: Simpler Food

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Well, one good thing about going vegan, is that I am immune from the worst of it: pink slime, McNuggets, whatever’s in hot dogs. I get a bit queasy thinking about how many of those I ate over the course of the last 40 years.

But I’m sure I’m still taking in a lot of frankenfood. I never knew that about orange juice.

So I’m working to make some gradual changes in a more “whole foodsy” direction.

  • Eating oatmeal for breakfast more often
  • (As opposed to peanut butter and bagels, or prepared cereals)
  • Topping my salads with homemade vinegar dressings, not pre-bottled one
  • Eating even more raw fruits and vegetables than I do now
  • Chilling and eating dates for dessert more often, instead of more processed options
  • Eventually getting a juicer and making my own juice

This will hopefully be better for me, both for long-term health and short-term digestion. My weight may even settle in a little lower, but I’m much more concerned with blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and so on.