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I am very, very close to my goal weight. And I’m happy to say I haven’t even had to count calories, watch my fat intake, or work out like a maniac to do it.
I’m not going to tell you how much I weighed before and how much I weigh now, because I don’t think that matters. But the last time I had access to a scale was at the end of May and I now weigh six pounds less.
I will tell you about the inches that I’ve lost:
- Upper arm: 1
- Waist: 2.5
- Hips: 1.5
- Thighs: 1.5
I will also tell you that I eat things like pasta, nuts, rice and potatoes all day long. Sometimes I have chips. Sometimes I have dessert. I don’t feel guilty if I want a second (or third) serving of something that tastes really good. My meals are tasty and satisfying and I’m not starving myself by any means. For example, the picture you see above is a waffle I ate yesterday. It’s gluten-free and vegan. It has peanut butter, banana and spicy coconut flakes. That was my lunch. I didn’t worry about the calories, or the fat, or the carbs. It was exactly the right amount of food. And it is named the “Viva Las Elvis.” Perfect for our first full day as Las Vegas residents.
I will also tell you that I have a desk job. Although I try to get up and move around during the day, I’m mostly sitting or standing. I try to work out but I don’t do it as often as I like (that is going to change, though). So I’m barely burning calories for most of the day.
How did I do it?
The answer is simple. I went vegan. My diet is very complex because I have food intolerances that I have to adhere to, but to make it simple I eat whole foods, all plant-based, and as close to their natural state as possible. I eat as much as I want when I want.
It isn’t the only way to go vegan, either. Ryan is not much for cooking. He knows how to cook meat, which used to be a staple of his diet. He had meat at every meal, lots of processed carbs, and very few vegetables. Most of his fruit came from desserts or juices. While he is learning how to make things, he uses meat substitutes as a staple of his diet. He has also added vegetables. His saturated fat, oil and salt intake went down naturally, and he’s lost over 25 pounds in just a few months.
And if you still aren’t convinced that vegan food is healthy, tasty and delicious, take a look through our Instagram account at the pictures of what we eat.
Benefits besides weight loss
Ryan and I both had digestive problems before we made this change. His are better and mine are gone. Even when I eat something that used to upset my stomach before, it seems to barely affect me now. I believe this is a result of my digestive tract healing and the inflammation I had receding. A lot of foods out there can cause inflammation. I’ll go more into this in future posts, but just know that eating inflammatory foods can cause pain, digestive disruption, weight gain or the inability to lose weight.
I’m not going to preach animal or environmental ethics to you, or tell you you’re a bad person if you don’t want to do it.
While there are other, very valid reasons why people go vegan, Ryan and I did it for our health.
I won’t say it’s easy to change your diet.
It’s probably even harder than trying to exercise, or any other habit change. Most of us don’t use fuel solely for nutrition. It’s something we lean on when we’re stressed, lonely, bored, angry or nervous. When it’s part of socializing (which it almost always is) we tend to eat more than if we were concentrating on just our food.
But if your food is delicious, and you see results from the changes you make, then isn’t it worth it? Make one small change today. Add a serving of veggies to your plate. Don’t add as much salt or sugar. Eat a bit less of something greasy or fatty. Then do it again tomorrow. Before you know it, you’ve created healthy habits that make a difference.
But if you want to make bigger changes more quickly, stay tuned. I’m going to show you how.