I think I got it!
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
I recently started reading a book called Eat To Live. Wow...what an impact it's had. I now follow a strict vegetarian diet...almost Vegan but since I eat honey...no cigar! But, I've still cut out as many animal products as possible. I can say that I feel better, in fact, A LOT better!
If anyone would have even suggest that I would turn to the vegan lifestyle I would have laughed right in their face. I loved meat, cheese, dairy, etc. However, since I have been counting calories for 2 months now, I've lost 14 pounds. Not only have I lost weight, but in order to stay within my daily calorie limit, I automatically drastically reduced my animal food items. For example, unsweetened coconut milk has 45 calories versus a cup of skim milk for 80 calories. I ate little meat because even the leanest meats were calorie dense. I eat way more fruits and vegetables and that's ALWAYS a good thing.
My goal is to lose weight and repair the damage from years on a bad unhealthy diet. Our bodies are amazing when you sit right down and just think about it. I took better care of my car than my body. That's just a lousy approach.
I now pay attention to the ingredients in our food and where it comes from. For example, I purchase organic milk for the family. It just can't be good to have all those hormones and antibiotics in their dairy.
In addition, I only purchase meat from our local Whole Foods store. The same reasoning applies to their meat. If they aren't eating meat the my husband has killed and had processed, then their meat will be very selective.
Yes our grocery bill has grown but if we are what we eat, then I'm OK with that. I care about our bodies and I think it's worth it.
Now, we are eating to live and making choices to support that. Do I occasionally crave bacon and scrambled eggs? Or...a big steak with a loaded baked potato? Absolutely, but I crave being healthy and thin even more! That's what it's all about.