So, I did two days of the Superhero the best I could as I was unable to find a lot of the items that are needed. At this point I'm feeling that since I have not been vegan really that I will resort back to trying that first. I feel that I will still incorporate a lot of the recipes and try new things but I was already feeling overwhelmed and felt as though I was spending WAY TOO much time in the kitchen...which typically I love to do. That being said, I'm trying to figure out how to have a safe, healthy and balanced vegan diet without skimping on things? Not to mention that my husband is not going vegan or vegetarian for that matter. I feel that trying the whole vegan thing at this point is a good start for me.
Does anyone have suggestions that might help? I know this is pretty broad. Any thoughts or ideas are helpful to a newbie.
Sena, you can stick to the basic principles of superhero without the exotic ingredients. The best way to eat is to find as much local organic produce as possible. Mostly, the idea behind superhero is macrobiotic, which is low fat and not overly seasoned typically. Eat lots of beans, whole grains and fresh veggies. It is really not as complex as it seems at first.
I am in a similar position. My 10-year old and my husband are not eating this way, but I've tried to make as little extra work for myself as possible. I spent a good three hours cooking on Sunday, making rice, miso soup, and black beans, but then used them throughout the week (although I didn't make enough rice or miso---oops!) Yesterday for instance my husband and daughter had tacos, and so did I. I got my fresh veggies in and then mashed up some black beans and added some taco seasonings. It was delicious! Trying anything new is going to be a challenge. You just have to decide what you want to do and try to make it a reality. Whenever I feel like getting lazy I just picture a baby chick or a calf or lamb and then I'm not so worried about it! You can do this! We can do this together!!!
Hello, Sena- (and Christine - love your enthusiasm btw!)
I am doing a study that may be of interest to you both on the health benefits of a plant-based diet. The reason I say this might be of interest is because the participants of the study have switched from either a standard american diet (SAD) or vegetarian diet to a vegan diet overnight. In fact, their first day was this past Saturday. The study will last for 60 days and the participants will be blogging about their experience the entire time. They will /are experience similar things that you both talk about here. So, following them through their journey may be helpful. Perhaps you could pair up with one of them and work together? I know one of the girls, Stephanie, her husband will not even consider switching. He is completely against the whole thing so she will be encountering that as well. Shoot, she could probably use some encouragement!
Plus, I have a good feeling that when you guys see the results of the experiment that may give you even more determination! =)
I hope that helps. Best wishes to you both and kindest regards, Jenna
That is an awesome study. Thank you for sharing as I am definitely interested to see how this works out for them. I have successfully gone vegan thus far for the last 2 weeks. Still suffereing from my health issues but going to see some doctors here pretty soon so hopefully with the diet and their help I will get this stuff under control.
Hi Dolores- YES!!! I agree with you try to get all that you can from food and check your levels every so often. If they are normal there is no need to supplement.
GREAT job! It may take some time to get various health issues under control... after all it took a long time to get that way to begin with. :) So, don't put too much pressure on yourself. Also, when you go to the see your physician keep in mind that most physicians don't know a thing about nutrition. Truly -- we receive a sum total of ZERO hours on it during medical school. I try to point that out because I've heard other docs say some of the craziest things when it comes to diet.
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