Several of my friends have embraced the plant based eating lifestyle lately and they are sharing delicious recipes and marveling in the success that the pounds are just falling off of them. Me? Not so much. In the month since I last posted and last saw my GI doctor and last ate any animal products, I have lost one pound. One. Not two, not four, not ten....one. I do weigh myself everyday on my own scale and the numbers are different. But I feel like the numbers at the doctor's office should be the official numbers.
I have enjoyed eating a plant based diet for the most part. When I am home, I never feel frustrated about finding foods to eat. Sometimes I find it to be a challenging game. Of course I am also probably spending way too much money at Whole Foods. I go in there for bananas and come out having spent $60. And this could happen several times a week. I need to fix that.
Chips with salsa and guac in York Beach, Maine.
Cooking up a tofu, carrot, and green bean stir fry in gluten free tamari.
Tofu pups on gluten free bread with organic ketchup. These critters have become my favorite food of late. I can't get enough!
The package says it all. Oh, yes I do!
Not a pretty picture but it is so delicious...honey (I know, honey is not vegan) sesame tofu with scallions, eggplant and mushrooms.
These are delicious. I probably didn't need to buy a 12 pack of them. Thankfully I don't binge eat them like Reese's peanut butter cups.
I blame my grandfather McCarthy for my love of olives. I seriously can't get enough of any kind of olive. I am not fussy! Grandpa used to eat the regular green olives with the pimento in them. He'd always start dinner with passing around the olive jar and saying "Would anybody like any olives?" He was a strange bird! I think I was the only one who ever ate any of grandpa's olives.
So much delicious food. What could be the problem?! The problem is I have IBS. Yes, eating a plant based diet is helpful in some ways. But I have to be extremely careful with what I eat and how much. I am following low FODMAPS which is why there wasn't a lot of vegetable variation in the above pictures. But I have also strayed, admittedly. I started eating hummus again. Way too much hummus. My brain and my heart love hummus. To the point where I could eat large tubs of hummus with a spoon. My body, however, still doesn't love hummus. There's an all out internal revolt when I eat too much hummus.
I manage okay at home. I balance the "bad" with a steady diet of bananas and gluten free toast. I make sure I don't eat anything that will cause the stomach churns or desperate runs to the bathroom while I am at work all day. It can be depressing relying on bananas to function normally in society. But I get it to work at home.
But last weekend we were away. And while I did bring bags full of vegan and GI friendly food to stock my hotel room, it still turned into a desperate situation. It could have been worse. I could have been camping at the fife and drum muster field all weekend like my son was. I know my body now and what it needs. But I was too trusting and got a gluten free pizza with no cheese and veggies. I'm wondering if the mushrooms were marinated. That and a little bit of whiskey had me vomiting for 12 hours.
I hate this!
I almost gave up on the Vegan lifestyle. I am not losing weight, my body is feeling worse than it was feeling a month ago, and I had an intense craving for eggs and salmon. But I made it through yesterday with a clear head. I decided I'll wait until after my procedures to see what the doctor says.
I dream of being that gaunt looking Vegan. I envy my friends who have lost 10-20 pounds by eating Vegan in just a month's time. But they started out skinny. I feel like it might be easier. When you are pushing 50 and you are starting out over 200 pounds, it's just not an easy road. But I will keep trying!