Friday, April 05, 2013
I'm thinking about returning to eating a vegetarian diet. I was vegetarian for seventeen years. I quit January 2012. I tried to incorporate meat into my diet. I found out that beef didn't like me. I must have known that years ago, but have forgotten. I used to have problems with pig fat before I became vegetarian many years ago. I don't have that problem now. I can eat greasy pizza without a problem as long as it's light on the cheese. So with my problems now with beef and chicken, I see no point in working around it and trying to eat a limited number of meat products.
I bought lots of beans yesterday. I have lots of fruits and vegetables in the refrigerator. I'm ready to give it a go.
Since I've been on Sparks People, I've learned that I have many more trigger foods for my IBS. A few that I thought might be triggers were added. A number that I didn't know were added. I feel there is little that I can eat that doesn't make me run to the bathroom. I figured a low-fat vegetarian diet is the way to go.
Now, I hope I can get my weight to stabilize. Eating less fat might lower daily calories a bit. I still find beans very filling so it don't take much to fill me up. I find if I eat a bowl of beans that I can't eat other foods for at least a few hours. Many fruits are filling for the same reason that sweets are; fruits are a nature source of fructose. A banana or large apple can keep me satisfied for hours just like a box of candy, but it's a healthier choice. Fruit is more than sugar. It had fiber, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals.
I joined Eat to Live a group based on Dr. Joel Fuhrman's book, "Eat to Live". The book recommends a vegan diet high in beans, fresh fruit and vegetables. It has a weight recommendation in the book. For women, 95 pounds for the first five feet and then four pounds for each inch afterwards. I'm 5'2.5" so that would 105 pounds. I'm currently about 120 so by his chart, I could lose another 15 pounds before I was too thin. I doubt that I'll lose that much more weight. As I mentioned before, my weight loss is part intentional and part unintentional. I don't know where my weight will settle.
I don't know if I should let myself lose more weight or try to keep myself from losing. Fighting my body is hard. I'll just eat healthy, exercise regularly and see where my weight goes. I'm going to fight hard if it starts to go back up. That's enough for now.