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8/11/18 JRNL

Saturday, August 11, 2018

8/11/18 – 143.2
You may want to skip this rant and conversation I am having with myself.

I seem to have tried most of the popular diets over the last few years and a few more than once. Nothing sticks, nothing leaves me satisfied and feeling strong and healthy except the Eat To Live way of eating. That is a low fat (not no fat) vegan diet. I did it years ago and lost weight. Haven’t lost any weight since. I know why I stopped it. It is because I live in an area of the country where that is just plain “unnatural” and “unavailable”. I can common vegetables but no organics at the one grocery in this town and can drive 50 to 60 miles away to a grocery or specialty shop to get unusual food items and ordering on line for some products is easy. We do have two local farmer’s market but at one you have to order on line ahead of time so you don’t get to pick your produce and only comes in set sizes. The other is small, but good. But both are only open once a week. The really difficult part is that every social event is accompanied by food. Good old Southern food and by that, I mean mostly meat, fat, and sugar! And there is not one restaurant that offers anything vegan other than a salad bar. Even the fruits and vegetables are sugared or fried.

W1D1 back to Eat To Live
B – ACV & Lemon water, Smoothie (kale, banana, chia seeds, oatmeal, almond milk, plum), coffee
L – Salad (Romaine, cucumber, carrot, mushrooms, tomatoes), hummus balsamic dressing, bread & almond butter
D – Roasted sweet potato & cauliflower, sliced tomato, water
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    Eat to Live is a great plan!
    We don't have to eat organic on it - as you know although it is better- tastes better I think but I really can't afford to do 100% organic so I just wash it really well.

    And as you know too the plan is not 100% vegan except if you are doing eh 6 week challenge. It can be but does not have to be. BUT sure does have lots of greens as part of the plan!

    It can be hard to eat this way when eating out too- it is one thing to order veggies and or fruit but also to have them salt - sugar and oil free is tough. I either make the decision to try to have the chef do that or just pick whatever I can or sometimes just eat before.

    And to- as far as catering to vegetarians or not- even if you were doing low carb or a whole30 plan you would need those veggies as part of your plan!

    I'm journaling for the days before my vacation so hope we can share! emoticon
    128 days ago
    I live in a remote area similar to what you describe. Dave and I rely on frozen veggies to supplement what can be had here. I agree the Eat to Live way sounds similar to what works for me. Mostly vegetarian and two legged and no legged protein, here. I went wacky with the whole30 diet in Spring. Not sustainable for us. Took me away from what was and does work for me. A food pyramid daily of one fat(the other needed fats come from foods i eat) two lean proteins, two lean dairy, three veggies, three fruits and four whole grains. Thanks for the reminder of returning to what works! emoticon emoticon
    I like to special order now at restaurants. Usually I order an emoticon egg white omelet and sub a green salad for the potatoes they offer.
    128 days ago
    Oh my … Well Eat to Live offers a great and healthy plan! .. And you can
    tweak any changes you need to make. Too bad about the restaurants in
    your area.
    128 days ago
    My area is not conducive to vegans or vegetarians either. I was a vegetarian in my early teen years and discovered then that it's kind of like being left handed in a right handed world. I found that I would have to be responsible for my own food as no one else would really know how to feed a vegetarian nor want to learn. Actually I can commiserate with these people because someone always has some problem related to food - an allergy, an aversion, a diet. Some people, like my Godmother, were born to be vegetarians. I was not and it didn't work well for me mainly because of my undiagnosed medical conditions. So I am one of the people who has problems related to eating certain foods. I can't eat them without being sick. I have accepted that I will have to be responsible for all my own food. I can't depend on others because I have gone to functions before that didn't have a single thing I was allowed to eat. So I take something that I can eat, just in case.
    129 days ago
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    Thanks for sharing
    129 days ago
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