I am a vegan. I was a vegan long before I ever came across the kind diet. I am not a skinny vegan. At Christmas time I was my heaviest, weighing in at 209 on my tiny 4'11'' frame. Not good.
After watching the documentary "Food Matters" and re-reading the Kind Diet, I realized I needed to do something as my weight had now become serious.
Now, not to say it has been easy, but it actually has. I have always been more of a "junk food" vegan eating highly processed foods, fried foods, candy, sodas, etc. It wasn't until I was hired by a Cardiac Surgeon to run a restaurant as his raw and vegan Chef that I even began to consider my health and the implications of an obese lifestyle.
I always figured at one point I would lose it until this past December that I not only could not fit into my own clothes anymore, but had far surpassed my "old" overweight weight and broke the 200lb. mark. This is big when you are under 5 feet tall.
Not one for resolutions, I figured this year I would have a resolution and that was to get healthy and happy no matter what it takes.
I eat 2/3 of a raw diet, eat as much of the superhero foods as I can and drink lots of water to stay hydrated. Since the first, I have not had one soda or any type of real junk food and I FEEL GREAT!!
I have such an insane amount of energy I have not had in years. I do not miss most of the culprits to my obesity and even the foods I do miss, I realize I have come too far to stop now. Since Jan.1, I have lost 20 lbs. I am not going by weight personally but I do believe that this is a huge step to regaining control of my self and my health.
Wow, that is phenomenal! I too could trim away a few. I switched to a vegan lifestyle a little under 2 years ago, and gained some weight. Relying too heavily on those processed goodies got me. I just watched Forks Over Knives, which has me feeling motivated to move to a more whole foods vegan diet. I'd also love to know which superhero meals are your favorites.
Again, congratulations, and thanks for the inspiration!
Sorry I haven't responded folks, I had a seriously terrible week with many misadventures that kept me away.
Depression from these events led me to stray off how I had been eating and not taking my supplements. I just wanted to lay in bed and hide from the world, but that is not reality and at some point you have to get up and dust yourself off.
I also was feeling the effects of white sugar and processed foods as I became bloated and nauseas, my face even swelling slightly. I told my husband I feel hungover without an actual hangover.
Back to my healthy lifestyle and already feeling so much better.
I started following a vegan diet last April. Between April and October I lost about 15 lbs, give or take. I didn't do it to lose weight, although I did assume that I would lose some once I started. Over the past month I realized that I was almost back to where I started weight wise and I felt just awful.
I realized that in my transition into veganism I had focused so much on finding subsitutes and figuring out how to keep junk foods (I love to bake!) in my diet, that I had forgotton the entire purpose, which was to be healthier and happier! So, over the past few weeks I have been trying to stay away from processed vegan foods and have been focusing on more whole grains and vegetables. This week I am even trying to do a mostly liquid diet (soups, and juices with greens in them i.e. amazing grass powders) just to get myself back on track and hopefully start shedding some pounds and regaining control!
Whoa, the rest of my post disappeared ... anyway, I'd love to hear what Superhero dishes you make since you are a chef. I need to get away from my nemesis, rich foods, and to find some good late day snacks so I don't snack while I'm cooking dinner.
I experienced a similar thing when I began as a Vegan 15 months ago - looking for substitutes of things I have loved. I actually read Rip Esselstyn's book more recently which got me to rethink cooking my veggies with oil or using oil at all other than once in a while. I also took a hard look at sugar - whether from Agave or other sources, or the little sweet stuff like non-dairy chocolate chips - because it all adds up. I started eating more veggies and whole grains and seeds and all the stuff I was already eating, but without the oil and sugar. I cooked veggies with vegetable broth and used organic apple sauce in some of the baking and also minimized my use of Earth Balance (which was in most of what I baked) and it has helped. Over the past 3-4 months, I've dropped almost 15 lbs. without really trying. My tastebuds have adjusted too. Every now and then I make myself banana chocolate chip muffins (from BIG VEGAN) or the to-die-for peanut butter cups (from Alicia's book) to satisfy an urge. But it is no longer a mainstay. I really see that eating Super Hero or whatever name you put to it - raw, etc. - does improve it. Now I'm working on my energy levels and discovering that I haven't been eating ENOUGH! Go figure!
hi barbara! sounds like you really found the diet that´s right for you! great! I´m gradually working towards "superhero" and hope to get more energy from that, too.. so, how did you discover you weren ´t eating enough? and how are you feeling now, after losing all that weight and having eaten healthily for a few months?
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