Vegetary Anne - Healthy by Default
Sunday, December 09, 2012
I haven't been able to keep weight off since I switched to nights. The cleanse didn't go very well- I did alright on it but I was so miserable I didn't make it all the way through.
So I've tried literally everything under the stars to make healthy living a lifestyle. High carb, low carb, crazy low-cal, calorie-cycling, juicing... none of it will stick.
I won't go into how I came to this decision, because you naysayers will tell me I'm crazy. It felt right, and about ten 10 days ago I decided to become a vegetarian.
With Paleo and low carb, I spent tons of money, lost a great deal initially but gained steadily thereafter. I love bread and pasta and fruit and beans and... all the stuff research says I'm not supposed to eat.
So I'm a vegetarian now. I've lost a pound every day, losing the weight I gained from switching to night shift pretty much... overnight. So even if it it slows down or stabilizes, I'm back to where I was before in about a week. I'm alright with that.
So far it's really easy. I wasn't big on meat- I forced myself for the protein. But I'm enjoying whole grains, soy, tofu... and it makes me feel a little special. I have to seriously think about what I'm going to eat, and my calories have been automatically decreased- clearly. I miss chicken a little bit. I know to stay away from Boca and Morning Star because they're technically still junk food, but they're great in a pinch. I'm really excited for where this might take me, because literally EVERYTHING can be made vegetarian, whereas making things Paleo was really complicated and took a lot of effort and extra cash.
I don't want a diet- I want a lifestyle. I didn't want a workout- I wanted an active LIFESTYLE. That's why I pine so much for things like cabaret and derby and training for runs- you get fit by default. For me, it's really easy to just... NOT eat meat. I'm eating more vegetables and thinking about my carbs, i.e. getting healthier by default. Because seriously- who wants a bread sandwich with a side of bread? I'm not going to fall into that "potato chips aren't meat" trap that fat vegetarians fall into. I'm hopeful that I can turn this into something I can do forever, though I've said that before. I will never know until I try.