I have often thought if it would ever be possible for me to be a plant-based eater, I love other foods way too much and I am not sure if I could be.
Towards the end of 2018 I started to gain weight due to holidays and being too relaxed about what I was eating. I had a busy second half of 2018. I got married twice (yes I know, very lush… but I am from NZ and hubby is from Brazil, we wanted to celebrate with everyone.) So, we had a wedding in Brazil in August and then another one in December on the Gold Coast. We had lots of celebrations with family and loads of travelling including our honeymoon to South Africa and pretty much… just too much of a good time!
When I got home in January, it felt as though everything was tight, you know the feeling when you have to spray paint your jeans on! I don’t make a habit of weighing myself, but I checked the numbers and they confirmed that I had gained a fair portion of weight in five-month period… damn it! Sigh.
I know how to drop kilo’s fast, but it is not the kindest way on my body and in my experience, it usually comes back in a matter of time. Determined not to be hard on myself and instead practice compassion, acceptance and self-love, I have been doing other things instead of a harsh diet. Meditating, journaling, eating healthy and real foods, moving and loving my body for how amazing and healthy it is, are a few things.
Six months later, leading a healthy lifestyle and being patient, mentally I am fantastic, but it has not resulted in any weight loss and I would still like to be able to trim down a touch to a healthier range for my height.
This is when I thought, why not try plant-based living to see how I feel and to see if I can shift some of my unwanted calories. I read a book Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman, in this book he sets out a plan to lose weight and gain health by being plant based. Basically, he suggests that you eat vegetables, fruit, legumes and a small amount of nuts and avocado.
I am committing to over the next three weeks with the one exception of including eggs on occasion, as I think that they are a great food. I am interested to see if I feel any better and also if I can enjoy a plant-based lifestyle. Will I miss meat? Will I feel deprived or satisfied? Will I enjoy my food? Will I be able to naturally lose weight by being plant based?
Let’s see what happens!
Do you eat plant-based or have you ever considered it? I will keep you posted to update you.