I am 51 years old and have had a lifetime of emotional eating and weight issues. I felt I had as much knowledge about diet and dieting as a college eductated professor. Then I saw an ad for Alicia's book in one of my "health" magazines, and thought "why not, I've tried everything else". I was hooked from the first few pages. While I have always been an extreme animal lover I never thought I could live without meat/dairy. I think our higher power puts things in our life exactly at the time we're ready, because from the time I read the book, I have never looked back and don't miss it at all. It is so much fun learning about veggies I'd never heard of and cooking recipes I never thought I could make. And the added benefit of feeling wonderful - who could ask for more? I exercised last night for the first time in several months, smiling more and ---- the best news of all? It's only been 10 days!!!! I know I may be riding a pink cloud right now.. but who cares? I'm staying in the moment and enjoying it. I have not made a single recipe I didn't love - honestly that was a surprise!! And although it has been expensive building my pantry, I remind myself daily that my life is worth it, my health is worth it! An added benefit, I took all the pantry supplies, can goods, etc, to the Food Bank yesterday and made a huge donation, feeling good about that as well. I don't usually write much, blog, etc., but needed to say to anyone skeptical -- try it!! I'm also giving the book to my daughter for Christmas. I can't remember ever having been this excited about a book; it is so well writte; simple, inspiring and most of all motivating! Again, I'm 51 years old - You can teach an old dog new tricks!! Happy Holidays Everyone!
Way to go! It's never too late to make a change for the better! I'm going to tell my mom about the book and the benefits of a vegan diet when I see her over the holidays. I'm hoping the sucess I've had will convince her to at least give it a shot. She's in her mid 50's and has arthritis, high cholesterol, extra weight, and some other stuff going on, and after all the information I've read in TKD and other books, I'm positive some of her ailments will be lessened or maybe even eradicated by changing her diet. I just hope she's willing to listen and try!
That's the same attitude that I'm giving to my daughter with! She's also overweight and very unhappy. She's a HUGE animal lover but I've found alot of people use the "cost" as an excuse. Anything is possible!!! What'syour favorite recipe? I haven't tried anything yet I don't like.
I forgot the most awesome part -- I haven't had constant obsessive, compulsive thoughts to eat! I have been Superhero for 10 days and haven't swayed except once - and that was for a slice of vegan cake! Having the desire to eat compulsively and the ensueing guilt and depression lifted ... there are no words to describe my joy. I haven't even been consumed with thoughts of weight loss but can tell I'm losing. Thank you Alicia!
I feel the same way about the "weight loss' aspect of it. I was one of those people who just put food in her mouth all day. The slightest mention of something would send me running to the fridge. But the food is so wholesome and filling that I don't feel the need to constantly feed myself. The better I eat, the less I need to feel full and satisfied.
My fave recipe so far is probably a quinoa salad my friend told me about today:
add 1 cup of quinoa to 2 cups of boiling water or veg stock. simmer for 15-20 min until liquid is absorbed.
Then add a chopped cucumber, chopped scallions, 1 cup of frozen corn kernals, 1 can garbanzo beans, halved cherry tomatoes, and whatever other veggies you want. A diced red bell pepper might be good also.
Make a dressing of 1/3 cup olive oil, 1/3 cup lime juice, salt and pepper, 1 teaspoon each garlic powder and ground cumin, and add that to the quinoa and veggies.
It's just so good.
I also made a pizza last weekend with whole grain crust. I sauteed a couple onions until they were golden, and roasted some sweet potatoes in the oven. I pureed a container of silken tofu with a little salt, spread that over the crust, and added the onions. Bake until the crust is crispy and then add the sweet potatoes right before you eat it. It's delish. Dont' be stingy with the tofu, it kinda melts into the crust as it bakes. I paired that with a simple arugala salad. Didn't even miss the mozzarella cheese!
Dragging a little bit the past couple of days. I don't think I'm eating enough. The recipes can get so cumbersome, they take so long to prepare. Suggestions on how to get enough protein, etc., and still stick to Superhero?