The Goddess Weighs In

Living Large and Healthy

Going Vegan?

on July 29, 2012

A friend called me this week and told me that his weight was up and that he had purchased a book called Eat to Live, by Joel Fuhrman with a forward by Dr.Oz.  He told me that he’d been reading the book and thought of me and thought that it would be good for me and that he was going to try it too.

So, I bought the book.  I’m only 25 pages in, but I have to admit it’s interesting.  Essentially you eat all the fruits and veggies you can stuff in, but for the first 6 weeks there are no oils, no animal products, no dairy and some other stuff I can’t remember.

The purpose of this blog, lest you think I have forgotten, is not to jump from one fad diet to the next. In the last two weeks I’ve had discussions about Atkins, raw food, the Paleo diet, and a few of the large scale “commercial” diet programs which tend to hire celebrities as spokespeople and while all have their merits and people do lose weigh, most are simply too difficult to stick with in the long run, or too difficult on one’s system, or simply do not produce the desired results.  This program, which granted, could also be a load of hype, since I’m starting to wonder if Dr. Oz is really all that selective with his endorsements, seems like it could be doable.  From what I’ve read so far, it promises no measuring, and addresses issues like food allergies and heart health which are areas of great interest to me. It also promises significant weight loss in a short period of time which to be honest makes me skeptical, but eating fruits and veggies and beans and legumes and cutting out dairy is something I’ve been thinking about to help with some of the um “digestive issues” I’ve been experiencing.

Since I am an incrementalist and it’s summer which means picnics and barbecues and more socializing in general and since I have a fridge full of items which are not permitted, I’ve decided to phase in this eating style over the next couple of weeks and then start with the 6 week program in mid-August.  I’m also concerned that switching overnight to a completely vegan diet, which is essentially what this is, will be a shock to my system, which could prove uncomfortable, so I think it’s better to start adding more and more veggies to my meals and then making the switch.  This may not be the best way to go about this, but  I’m frugal and don’t feel like tossing out or giving away the contents of my freezer and I like my animal products so perhaps weaning off them gradually will make the overall transition a little easier.

Once the first 6 weeks are over it appears that one adds in small portions of meat and other restricted items in limited quantities, but I will worry about that when I get there.

I shan’t bother you with constant updates or tell you about every ounce I may lose, but I will let you know how it’s going from time to time.  I can also give you a sense of my current starting point.  Due to my foot injury I have been out of the pool since June 17th, 2012 and I feel like garbage.  I am stiff and sore and not sleeping as well or as long as I should because I’m not getting to the pool for workouts, but also I’m struggling to keep my weight in check and I’m feeling more and more like a garden slug each day.  I put on a shoe for a few hours for the first time yesterday and my wound started to open and bleed a bit, despite the band aid and sock between it and my shoe.  As a result, I did not get back to the Y this morning as I had hoped. I’m hoping that some changes to my diet will help me feel a bit better in general and even help me lose a few pounds which would help with my current back issues.  And yes let’s not be silly, I would like to weigh a lot less than I do right now, so if this program is manageable and helps me accomplish that goal, well that would be nice too.

– the Goddess



One response to “Going Vegan?

  1. A really good vegan cookbook is Alicia Silverstone’s The Kind Diet. I have made several things out of that one and they are all really good (collard greens with pine nuts and cranberries, a spaghetti dish with lots of vegetables, the peanut butter rice crispy treats!). Some of the ingredients are hard to find (daikon, lotus root, pickled Japanese plums or whatever!) and expensive but they only turn up in a few recipes so you can just skip over those. The Vegan lunchbox is pretty good too, more for snacks and whatnot than proper meals though. Let me know if you want to make a trip to Whole Foods or the health food store to stock up on non animal proteins and seaweed 🙂

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