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2-25-16 (day 116)

Thursday, February 25, 2016

I am still feeling pretty weak and tired but still feel like I am slowly getting better. I am going to keep at it and be careful. I have an ultimate goal of having a plant based diet. If anyone has tips on getting to that point fully please share. Anything you did in step form to get you to that point if you are there. I know what works for me and what doesn't. I just struggle with will power to keep away from the things I should not have. Moderation really isn't something that works with the health of my body. I was just wondering if there was somewhere that might have stages to follow. Other wise I have been doing it on my own. The farthest I have come is to be a lacto ovo (still eat eggs and dairy). Which I can accept being that way, that way works for me. Sometimes I think that I just have to cut it out. Just cut out the things that I react to. But I do suffer from the " I'm doing great I can eat this a little bit" thing that sucks me back in. I know this happens so I just need to stay away from the things that treat my body badly. I am trying to train my brain to see those foods as something I am very allergic to. If I eat them a bad reaction will happen. Which is true. Need to be smart, strong and have amazing self control, will power. I AM capable of living life this way. I am smart, strong, am capable of amazing self control and will power. emoticon
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    First off, sorry your still under the weather. I applaud your goal to reach an all plant based diet. I think that will not only be fabulous for your body, mind & spirit but also the environment.

    My husband & I first went Vegan back in 2014 and had AMAZING success on all levels of our health. We hit a bumpy year and fell off and it took us a long time to get back on the Vegan diet. It can be very time consuming initially. I suppose with anything new we learn it take some level of time. I will say we have been back on the track for about a month and we are feeling so great again and our bodies are thanking us on all sorts of levels!

    I did find a frozen food product we love, called Gardein. It that helps for getting dinner on the table quickly when I don't have time to be in the kitchen all day. Veggies & quinoa cook up fast, so getting a main plant protein food item on the table fast is key for us. The only thing we haven't like has been the fishless filets (not the worst, but not as good as their other products).

    I learned a lot about the plant based diet from Pinterest, TONS of knowledge, recipes & links to professional Vegans. I'm still in my infancy, but i hope I have provided a stepping stone for you and your path to a healthier YOU! To keep me inspired I watch documentaries on the health & environmental benefits of a Vegan life style. "Forks over Knives", is my favorite, but I also like "Cowspiracy" This all said I have given myself an out from a plant based diet on Holiday's or very special occasions.

    I have learned for myself I am an all or nothing eater. If I have one bite of a sugary food, I'm all done. It's very much like the alcoholic who can't have that 1 drink. So I get my sugar fixes from the most natural source...fruit. High in sugar, sweetness & all good for you!

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    Comment edited on: 2/25/2016 4:59:02 PM
    The first step is keeping at it. Glad you're feeling better.
    1877 days ago
    I really like how you constantly reevaluate your plan to find what works best for you! I think you are going to settle in to an eating pattern that suits your needs. It may take some trial and error, but you've been on a journey and already have a wealth of knowledge to draw from. emoticon emoticon
    1877 days ago
    It is definitely a struggle to find the keys to successfully maintaining our commitments to change. Try focusing more on the positives of what you are doing than on your fears about backsliding. I sure find that when I think about what I don't want to ends up being a kind of vortex that sucks me in and sets me off track.

    I find that I crave far less of the tempting stuff ( that doesn't fit with my needs) if I ensure I have gotten enough protein. I do eat a scrambled egg about four times a week... But the rest of my protein comes from plant sources....beans, nuts, tempeh, chickpeas, etc. -and I make sure I get it early. If I don't eat a protein rich breakfast, all I crave is carbs all morning....and afternoon! A great bean chili can make a yummy, rich breakfast!
    1878 days ago
    Keep searching. Eventually you will find something that works/helps. Praying you find what you need.
    1878 days ago
    U will be fine...just keep moving
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