So my goal for January was to tackle my eating – curb my sugar addiction, work on figuring out how best to fuel myself, and try to lose some of the post holiday weight. January is half over, and here’s what I’ve done.
- Gone mostly vegan. I say mostly, because I’m still eating an egg once in a while, I’ve had butter a couple of times, and I have some whey based protein drinks I need to use up – I have about 3 of those a week. Once they are gone, I won’t be buying them any more.
- Cut out sugar pretty much 100%. Now, when I say that, I mean added sugar, processed sugar. No chocolate, no cookies, no cake, no muffins, no… you get the idea. I still eat lots of fruit (high is sugar, but natural sugar), but I’m trying to be very conscious of what I’m eating.
- Cut out most gluten. My vegan chili recipe had bulgar wheat in it, so there is gluten in that; and I’ve eaten a couple of sourdough English muffins, but other than that, no bread, no wheat pasta, no flour tortillas, etc. I’ve eaten corn pasta and rice flour tortillas and crackers, and feel better when eating less wheat.
- Tried some new foods (mmmm… acorn squash! And kale too – not a huge fan, but it was OK).
My current plan is to continue eating almost exclusively vegan (and full vegetarian) until the beginning of February. At that point, I may try some meat to see how I feel. I have a few things in my freezer that I don’t want to throw away, but most of my family won’t eat. In truth, though, I’m not finding this a major hardship, the biggest inconvenience is trying to plan two entirely different sets of meals each week. Eventually, hopefully, I will find some vegan dishes my family will eat (aside from vegetable pasta sauce that they throw meat in!), but for now, I just cook a lot on Sunday and plan my meals for the week around that.
However, I am seeing a few interesting side benefits. I’m not sure they are related, but if they are, I’ll definitely be more inclined to stick with this type of lifestyle.
- Clearer skin. I’ve always struggled with acne – on my chin, on my back. I know that when I eat more sugar, it is worse, so I’m sure that cutting out the sugar has made a huge difference, but my skin has been better than it ever has for hte last week or so.
- My nails are getting better. I’ve been taking a supplement because they have deep grooves and peel like onions… maybe the supplement is helping, but I was taking the supplement before I switched to eating like this, and for the first time in years, the grooves seem to be getting better, and they are stronger.
I’m also taking an iron supplement because my doctor has done bloodwork showing I’m anaemic, and a B12 supplement as that is recommended for vegans. Truth be told, I feel pretty good – we’ll see what happens at the end of the month.