Monday, March 16, 2009

Such a chunky little vegan...

For those of you who know me only through Cackleberry, let me confess something: I am a chunky little vegan.

With the emphasis on the first of those adjectives!!!

I take full responsibility for this situation and know that umpteen years of eating omnivorously - and greedily - are bound to have taken a toll that 18 months of veganism cannot wipe away. However, as realistic as I am, I cannot fail to be disappointed in my almost non-existant weight loss. So, last weekend I bought Dr Joel Fuhrman's Eat to Live, a book recommended on the latest podcast of Vegetarian Food for Thought. And read it. Well, part of it anyhow (the weekend was kinda packed with stuff to do....) and I have decided to follow his 6-week eating plan and see what happens.

I guess I'm posting about this because I would love to know if anyone out there has also followed this plan and with what results. I was nervous initially because I have already changed my eating habits radically and I knew My Beloved's patience is not 'unlimited'. However, when we discovered that Dr Fuhrman's plan is not too different from the way we eat now, he brightened considerably. The main difference I see in the good doctor's approach is the unlimited quantities of nutrient-dense foods, especially in the form of fruits and most vegetables. And the things I will be limiting or omitting altogether are refined carbs such as pasta, white bread, white rice and white flour. Oh, and alcohol too. :(

Anyways, given that pasta is not generally considered indispensible to one's diet, I am hopeful that I may see some positive results. And I cannot say that I am to be underfed: today is Day One of Week One and it is lunchtime. I have already enjoyed the following:

Breakfast: strawberries, blood orange and a ruby grapefruit

Lunch: whole wheat pita stuffed with My beloved's own black bean dip, salad greens and sprouts, with a huge salad alongside (spring greens, cucumber, yellow peppers, green peppers, red peppers, red onion, kalamata olives and fresh peas) and an apple.

Dinner tonight is salad (as above) with an entree of steamed swiss chard and zucchini, cooked in a tomato, mushroom and onion sauce. I think blueberries are to follow.

I am very impressed at Dr Furhman's common sense attitude and, although he's not vegan, he really emphasises whole plant-based foods and copious amounts thereof. And unlike any other diet I've ever been on, the food looks good on the plate and I especially love the fact that each part has only one 'listed ingredient' - itself. A grapefruit is a grapefruit, a red pepper a red pepper. Gone are the days of purchasing 'food-like substances' with a list of additives longer than my arm; gone are the 'meal replacements' that never actually replaced so much as a snack in my view.

However, gone too are the cookies, biscuits, cakes, scones, breads, tofutti ice cream etc etc. But it can be only for the best and I am excited. For the first time in ages, I am truly excited to see what this new system will bring.

Let me know if you have a story to share....I'd love some encouragement!

Stay Vegan, Friends!


Sara said...

You can totally do it! You went vegan for goodness sakes... that can be a drastic change to anyone, and especially because you switched your beloved as well - a task in and of itself! So job well done! Eliminating things like white flours and such..that'll be the easy part! Just like you adapted to the vegan lifestyle, these next few changes will seem like nothing! I don't know much about the book or his diet plan, but it sounds do-able once you're already you're 3/4s of the way there already! And what you've eaten already today, sounds delish!

Nicole said...

I lost quite a bit of weight on the Eat to Live plan. You can do it!

Amanda said...

Hi Sara and Nicole,

Thanks so much for your positive feedback - it really rasied my spirits!!

Today is Day #2 and I've decided that I absolutely hate raisin coleslaw. :( Oh well, it's only one meal and it could be worse.....

Stay tuned for more ETL updates!


I bought the book a few months ago and I haven't read it yet, Can't wait to see your results.

Maria Rose said...

I lost a ton of weight (50lbs.) when I went vegan 8 years ago and I have kept it off. I think the thing that works best for me is, what you mentioned, limiting my white breads and pastas to whole grain only. I have also found that cutting out calorie dense drinks helped too. I don't deny myself anything vegan, but I just try and keep a delicate balance. Oh, and I eat dessert once in a blue moon (that one hurts a little).