I bet you’re all curious to see how I’ve done the last ten days on my journey into a plant based diet!? Well even if you’re not, you’re going to find out how I’ve done.
For the most part I have done really well. I’ve done some meal prepping so I’m not tempted to go out and eat or stop at the store and grab something. I have had 3 major slip ups; I had a turkey sandwich, shrimp and some bacon. I’m not stressing it. I stress over enough in my life to not stress about this. Plus, I don’t want to hate my new eating plan and I might if I am so strict at first; it’ll come with time I know.
It hasn’t been too grueling mentally. I have avoided eating bagels and drinking dessert smoothies at work pretty well. I already feel lighter; which I thought was just the positive thinking. However, I have lost and kept off 6 pounds continuously the last 10 days. I haven’t really been working out as consistently as I’d like, but I’m still trying to be active a couple times a week. I think I’m finally going to take a friend’s offer up, on climbing Tumamoc Hill. Which is a steeper walking trail that I know will make me feel even more out of shape than I already do, but I’m excited.
I’ve realized it isn’t as hard to get protein into your diet as you might think. There are pretty high amounts of protein in beans and nuts and I can have both of those! It’s the other nutrients to keep an eye on, like B-12 and Vitamin D. Another hard part is ensuring I eat everything before it goes bad. I think with more meal planning and finding easy recipes, I can counter making a vegetable goulash every week to eat what I have left.
I’ve also started gathering recipes on Pinterest to help me out so I stop eating bean soup! I have found Vegan, Gluten-Free Endurance Crackers from 86 Lemons.
Needless to say I will be eating some delicious food… Once I decide to actually cook it! I even found an entire guide to a Vegan and Gluten Free Thanksgiving! Granted I’m still going to eat mashed potatoes and saffron gravy knowing they aren’t what I should but we all have our vices.
Cheers to beans, rice, mushrooms and hemp seeds to guide me through the next two weeks!