Me, Vegetarian??? No Way! But wait…

by on March 30, 2011

OK. After years of being a Cro-Magnon! O type Blood, yada, yada. But, here I am learning to cook and eat, vegetarian.

The back story… I have been doing things to lose weight and get healthy for some time now. I read Kevin Trudeau’s book on weight lose, “The Weight Loss Cure.” I thought, “Oh man, this sounds too good to be true. No way!” Then several friends did the diet, also known as the hCG diet, and lost gobs of weight. But that wasn’t going to happen for me. No way.

Then I decided to be brave and give it a try. I started last year in August and lost 28 pounds on the diet. It was incredible and truly the easiest diet I had ever done. I was even able to keep the weight off over the holidays. I had stayed within a few pounds of the low point of my diet.

As a family, we decided to do the diet again in January/February of this year. I started losing weight consistently again, however it was not as fast as it had been the first time. It was also not quite as easy to keep it off. My daughter has a theory which makes sense. She thinks because I had a much smaller amount to lose this time that it was going to be harder for me to lose it. I have a theory also, that the fat I have to lose now is much more stubborn. It’s been with me for a lot longer.

Be that as it may, the fact of the matter remains, I still have about 20 pounds to lose before I achieve my goal weight.

Then I received an email from the Whole Foods Market in Cupertino. They were doing a 28 day challenge based on the book by Rip Esselstyn called “The Engine 2 Diet,” in which he details how he helped one of his ‘brothers’ who had a cholesterol level of around 350 reduce that to 170 in 28 days of healthy plant based eating at the station. I was intrigued and decided to accept the challenge, especially since it was free and I’d always wondered how I would do eating vegetarian.

I opted for the Cadet program going of ALL dairy the first week, the all dairy and all meat the second week and then finally all dairy, all meat and all oil for the last two weeks. So far I have survived the all dairy week with not major set backs. I am on the the next phase and doing OK. I do miss my meat from time to time but know it’s for a good cause and I have inched closer to my goal of another 10 pounds lost. I have 1.4 pounds to go to make it. I have NO doubt in my mind that I will achieve this goal and then some in the next 16 days of the challenge.

How does it make me feel? Healthy. Lighter.

Would I recommend it to others? Absolutely. It’s nice to know that I can cook things that taste great and are good for me. That is a very good thing. I love eating all the colors of the rainbow.

Check out these books and maybe challenge yourself to think outside the box. You’ll be glad you did.

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