As you all know I have truly tried just about every diet under the sun. I have done low carb, no carb, paleo, gastric bypass diet, no wheat, no gluten, only soup, only juice, and the list goes on and on and on. I have also taken a multitude of supplements, diet pills, and even gone without food all together. I even went as far as looking into weight loss surgeries...I am still anti-gastric bypass (unapologetically) but I did go through months of planning and thinking about the gastric sleeve. I went so far as to go to the group support meeting. Pretty much there are two things I haven't tried, Overeaters Anonymous and Vegan Diet.
I have done lots of research on this topic and I have made up my mind. The health benefits can be overwhelming and I am actually pretty excited to get started. Like I said, I have done LOTS of research, I didn't just wake up one day and decide I was going to give up meat/diary. I also know that if you look up anything online you can probably find that any diet is good for you. I know because I have read about so many things and given up wheat, dairy, fruit, etc. Just saying.....I could show you the research but there are thousands of articles out there that can be just as negative towards a vegan diet as there are pro-vegan diet.
I spent about a week trying to talk someone/anyone to doing it with me but after a couple of days I finally gave up. I'm not doing this for anyone but me. Its not a crazy weight loss bet or challenge. I'm doing it to lose weight, to improve my health, to lessen my chances of diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and so much more.
I know there are lots of things people are going to say....where will you get protein? what about calcium? and then there is always my number 1 question, Is Pizza a vegetable? There is plenty of protein to be found in plants and the same goes for calcium. There is also plenty of every other vitamin and mineral I could need. The only thing I was worried about was B12 because I already know I have low B12 but since I'm already on supplements for that then I figure Ive got that covered. And finally, pizza, I have had 33 years of pizza, enough for me and several others to give it up for a while.
Now there are a few things I also wanted to cover. Its easier to just put this in list form:
1. I am not doing this for animal rights reasons. I like animals just fine and I have no problem eating them or others eating them. Maybe this part is crass but I don't care how they are raised or slaughtered. This is just for health reasons.
2. I am not going to become a dirty hippie. For one week a year I become a hippie and that is Bonnaroo. I will continue to shave and use deodorant, I will use regular body products that contain chemicals and preservatives. I don't have that much of a ethical problem with animal testing so what the hell, put lipstick on Bugs Bunny if that makes you happy.
3. I have no intention of trying to convert my family and friends to my new diet practice. I also have no intentions of letter writing to Congress or the USDA on the practice of raising animals in the US. I have watched several documentaries and that seems to be the point of them and that is not my goal. I am a BIG BIG fan of personal choice. If you wanna eat McDonald's every day, eat up, I know I have lived on a diet of fast food for far to long. Now I am choosing to eat a bowl of dirt for lunch so please just let me eat it!
The reason I wanted to come on here and announce this is because I will probably have a pretty tough time and first and I will need a place to vent a bit when things are not the best, and hopefully as I get more used to this I will have happy things to share as well. I always do so much better when I have accountability to someone other than myself. I haven't blogged in so long because I haven't had anything to say on topic. I eat way too much fast food and other shit that's so bad for me and until just here recently I haven't been going to the gym regularly so I'm not talking about my workouts. Basically Ive been not blogging and being very fat and I'm very very tired of being very very fat!
So, here I go again. A new adventure for me....and I love an adventure!!!!