A couple of thoughts I had about the OP's weight gain is that if someone switches from eating meat and dairy to replacing those calories with carbohydrates, there would be "weight" gain (water weight) initially because carbohydrates hold fluid in the body--both in the intestines and in the muscles as glycogen + water. It should be a one time thing if you continue eating the same qty of carbohydrates. Peanut butter cups notwithstanding. : -)
For me, my weight will fluctuate a few lbs up or down with my carbohydrate intake, and/or my salt intake. So I wouldn't stress out about it too much. Sometimes it helps to have one of those scales that measures body fat % like the Tanika. There is an inverse relationship between our hydration level and the % of body fat displayed on the scale. So on those days when my weight goes up a pound or two, the % of body fat goes down a couple of percentage points. (This helps from a psychological perspective.)
Yeah great post Poco! Okay sorry to be gross here but whenever I make an abrupt dietary change I don't weigh myself for at least a couple weeks....because I don't poo...and I'm sure there's associated water weight with that. This happens to me whenever I find myself in a new surrounding or eating different foods. Your body may just be bulking up on the new fiber you're adding without knowing how to handle it quite yet. If you really want to assure yourself, you can just do a light food diary to make sure there are no smoking guns like an extra 700 calories per day from nuts or something. Looking at the list assures me that there's no way I'm eating enough to substantiate a several pound weight gain within one week. Once you get the groove down, you can ditch the list because you'll have a better "mental model" of how many calories you're ingesting so these fears will go away. Although I'm a strong proponent of listening to hunger rather than calories, I find it does have its place when first starting a new plan and re-engineering daily habits. Let us know how it turns out! -Jules
Hello ALL, I have come to update everyone on my "ISSUE." :PSo, i ddi what Alicia said, and what everyone suggested and I have lost the weight plus an extra 10 pds. i now understand how to do this lifestyle much better. I feel better, I am eating food i had never heard of, and feeling so much better about myself. Before, I was eating vegan, but to much and over doing it on the portions. All the healthy food of course, but i was over doing the amount. I am truly happy to say that I love this way of living, and it is actually easier than I thought. I could never switch back. the book, and other books that I have read impacted me so much that I have truly adopted being a VEGAN as my way of life. thank you for your time, patience, and information. I love this way of living, and I will never see any other way of living. I am truly inspired, and trying to spread the good word of the benefits of going vegan. Also, we had a dinner party the other night and I made the Rustic pasta, pecan crusted seitan, green beans, roasted beets, and roasted sweet potatoes for everyone to try. it was a great success. Today I made Alicia's lentil soup! YUMMY!!!!!! I was on the high protein diet before I started this new life style, and I was not portion controlling, and drinking enough water. That was my problem! I am also happy to announce the gas problem is totally gone! I also had another problem that is finally gone. I was having a lot of mucus in my throat for about a month, but it is finally gone. I honestly could not imagine doing the eating I was doing before, especially after being so well informed! THANK YOU PS I was totally moved, inspired, and informed from the movie Food, Inc. It is a must see! Totally transformed my way of eating! BYE!
Caroline thank you for sharing your struggle and success. I was completely relating to the busy life and going for the whole foods counter. It sounds like you've really got it...very happy for you and inspired. thanks.
I work 6 days a week so I understand not having alot of time to cook.
I try to find a few recipes the day before I go to buy produce (Friday for me since the farmers market is on Saturday) and make them on Sunday, my day off. Do you have any free time? Are your kids eating this way with you? How old are they? Maybe they can help you cook, so you'll spend time with them and still get a few meals premade.
I'm so happy to hear things are impoving! Keep it up! :D
hey julie if wieght loss is your goal reread the weightloss section of the book and go for superhero. thats most effective...your body is adjusting...and if you read the earlier part of this discussion caroline had great results after adjusting.....check it out!! you will too! let us know what you are eating compared to what you used to eat and we can help adjust