I am thoroughly enjoying my new life, and weight loss is finally happening. Slowly, but steadily.
I am back below the BMI 30 mark, so only overweight, no longer obese!!!
That's -4 kg (8.8 lbs) since April 15. And I am eating everything in sight ...
I have no problem with veganism, as it is an ethical choice I completely believe in, and not a diet (that makes it SO MUCH easier!!!)
I had been toying with the idea of going back vegan for two decades, but really thought I'd miss things like cheese too much.
Well, strangely enough I don't.
And I was a cheese fiend. For me it basically went with everything.
I had heard that taste buds can be reeducated. I totally did not believe it!!! Not me! For me a vegetable was a vitamin pill and I loved Dukan above all because I didn't have to eat fruit! Seriously, without exaggeration.
The non-fat part I am trying to do is a bit of a challenge (that's the "diet" and not lifestyle part). If I would get that down better, the weight would come off faster. But right now I am basically eating like a maniac and am still losing weight consistently and slowly ... and I love it! I also have amazing energy, no mood swings etc.
Only people react weird here in Italy when you tell them you are vegan. As if it's a personal insult to them or something. I guess that in the UK and the USA it's something a bit more mainstream. Or not really? Last time around I went vegan I was the "holier than thou" type and tried to convince everybody that I was right and they were wrong.
This time I have a "live and let live" approach - and I get kind of pissed when people pass judgement about what I put or don't put into my mouth.
Last time around I also wasn't into cooking all that much. I guess I ate the stereotypical "brown rice, tofu and steamed kale" kind of food all the time. This time: no way! I am really getting creative and am enjoying the cooking part.
But since people always ask me what I eat as a vegan, here is yesterday's menu (it was Sunday, so a bit fancier than usual):
coffee with almond milk (which I prefer to soy milk)
Buckwheat Blueberry Pancakes with Real Maple Syrup
Vietnamese Spring Rolls with two kinds of dip (sweet/spicy and peanut-soy)
Spring salad with tahini dressing
fruit salad and a piece of dark chocolate (ok, two pieces)
roasted asparagus, chickpea and potatoe "salad" with toasted almond slivers in a garlic-sesame oil - umbeboshi dressing that was out of this world
2 slices of still-warm homemade bread
Not exactly a martyr's diet :-).
I am so happy that I don't have to apologize to my dinner anymore before eating it. While I was doing Dukan, I had gone back to eating chicken and turkey and even the occasional cured beef. Plus I was consuming loads and loads of dairy and eggs. It just felt wrong to me personally.
Full stop here.
But if anyone is interested, check out amazon.com Dr. Neal Barnard's 21 Day kickstart Program (it's also free on the Internet).
For ethical push: nothing beats John Robin's "Diet for a New America", "No Happy Cows" and Peter Singer's classic"Animal Liberation".
You can also e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I might start a new blog about my vegan weight loss diet.
The Dukan Diet definitely works and it really worked for me while I was doing it!!!