Oh please don't ask my opinion! I have one about everything! LOL!! Well, since you're writing on the vegetarian/vegan board I think this is a good time for me to share this opinion: There are some people who say there's no such thing as a fat vegetarian; or that you can eat as much as you want as a veg. Unfortunately, that is not everyone's experience. Wish it were. But I'm here to tell you, I can overeat even healthy things, and gain weight as a consequence. The fantastically fabulous thing about veg/vegan is that you're eating nutritionally dense food, so you're healthier. (Now, there are also veg/vegan junk foods, but let's not even think about them!) Ok, so you're eating good-for-you stuff. We still have to watch that we don't O.D. on the nuts, for instance. Or worse, the nut butters. And oils. And if you eat eggs & cheese, those have to be watched, as well. But with all the things we DO eat (for which there are many fantastic recipes on this site), we don't ever have to feel hungry or deprived or like we're dieting. I'm losing weight right now, eating fantastic bean & grain combos with vegetables I enjoy, and I'm having fun with it! Fun has not been part of any past weight-loss plan, believe me! And I do eat the nuts & nut butters, for instance. There's no deprivation. I'm just careful.
And then eating healthy has inspired me to take a walk during the day. So one healthy step can lead to the next. I think the "secret" is to take one step. Just one. Maybe just learn more stuff from SP for now. When you're ready, take another step. Don't judge yourself harshly and don't feel that punishment is any part of getting healthy.
That's my 2-cents' worth! Good luck!
Some people think the “plant-based whole foods diet” is extreme. Half a million a year will have their chests opened up and a vein taken from their leg and sewn onto their coronary artery. Some people would call that extreme.
- Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, “Forks Over Knives”