Why, you might wonder, am I turning into a rabbit?
Because I am on Week 2 of following a plant-based diet. As in I think I've become a vegetarian, but that term kind of freaks me out because I've always thought of vegans as Birkenstocks-with- socks-hemp-wearing-crunchy-granola-making types, so I hesitate to call myself one. And I might not be one forever because I'm not opposed to animal based products (but think maybe we don't need to eat SO MUCH of them) and wouldn't mind the occasional carnivorous snack.
I've mentioned before about trying to break up with sugar and made attempts to follow a healthier eating plan last year, but I soon lost my way and my bad habits quickly returned. I knew that once you got the junky food and the sugar out of your system your body (amazing machine that it is!) adapts and no longer craves junky food, but I could never get myself together enough to try it again (or I would make it one or two days and then dive face first into a bag of Golden Oreos or drive through Taco Bell and hate myself).
Before Christmas I visited Celia's blog and read about her amazing journey to becoming healthier and her success following a plant-based diet.
I was intrigued though not sure I could do it, but I bought the book, Eat to Live just in case.
Guess what? I can! I can!
Here's the basic daily plan:
1 pound raw vegetables
1 pound cooked vegetables
At least 4-5 fresh fruits
cooked starchy vegetables or whole grains
raw nuts and seeds
NO dairy products, animal products, or sugar
Believe it or not, the transition has not been that difficult (so far). I am actually enjoying my HUGE salads and fresh fruit and haven't felt deprived at all (for reals). My energy has been good, no crazy spikes or crashes, I also think my overall mood (AKA crankypant factor) has been much steadier and happier (for reals) and I'm sleeping better. I don't find myself feeling hungry as often either, and when I do it's not in that desperate must-stuff-these-chips-into-my-face-right-now-or-I-might-hurt-someone-kind-of-way.
So that's good.
I have not cheated with sugary treats or junky foods but am not going to beat myself up if we go out to eat Tex-Mex occasionally either (because I can't break up with Tex-Mex). In the spirit of full disclosure though I will admit that I haven't broken up with coffee yet (but I drink it with almond milk and no sugar) and realize that I should...so we'll see about that.
My plan is to follow this for at least six-weeks and see what happens.
I'm hopeful there will be visible changes.
(But no whiskers, floppy ears, cotton-ball tail, or big thumpy feet please.)