Monday, March 26, 2012
Well, I have been doing amazingly well lately! I went from being vegetarian to being vegan on December 13th, and since that day, the pounds have just been falling off! It was a natural transition for me. Not a difficult decision to make, and because it's not a diet, I have had NO problems. It's made me realize that all of the ice cream and pizza and butter and cheese had been such an addiction for me. I haven't looked back even once, and I feel so much healthier eating a plant-based diet.
I have bought a few vegan cookbooks, but the only thing I have made is mac n cheese with Daiya. It was DELISH! I have also made pizzas with Daiya. It is without a doubt the BEST vegan cheese. My staples have been dried beans (which I soak all night and cook in the morning) and brown rice. I mix some Earth Balance spread into the rice, mix it all up and top with Daiya. This has been great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and super easy and cheap! I like to keep my meals fairly simple. If a recipe looks like it has too many ingredients, I shy away from it. I also don't mind eating the same thing often which I know is a struggle for a lot of people. I have the most success when I keep things simple.
I have found wonderful substitutions for butter and cheese, but I have yet to find a vegan ice cream that tickles my fancy. The closest is made from almond milk. But again, it's not addictive because it just doesn't compare to real ice cream.
Anyway, I can't believe I have lost almost 20lbs since mid December, and without trying. It has all been diet related, as I haven't been working out. For the next 20lbs, I am going to work out with weights and of course throw in some cardio. I know the pace of loss is going to slow down, so I want to do what I can to at least remain consistent in weight loss, even if it isn't going to be as quick as it has been so far. I have no doubt that I will be to my goal weight of 140 by the time we are in September! :)