Six weeks into 100% plant-based eating and raw 'til 4 on the majority of days, and I'm noticing a real change. I wasn't looking for weight loss but seven pounds have gone anyway. I don't think I look much lighter but I can get my 'fat jeans' on and off without undoing them and frankly they're not safe without a hefty belt. I'm not going to lie, this makes me happy. I wasn't enjoying the middle-aged spread.
But that's a nice side effect. I started this - and the shuffling>jogging>running 28 days ago - to get fit and healthy. One night aside, I've slept really well, my mind is sharper and I feel great. I have actual useable energy that shows up when I call for it. I haven't eaten anything sweet, beyond fruit, in that time and it has not been difficult which, as someone with an infamously sweet tooth, surprises me.
I've also developed an unexpected interest in cooking and recipes so that I can eat whole foods and know they're not messed with. It seems savoury is my strength. I tried cookies and tweaked the recipe. Big mistake. On the upside, that pothole in the lane has now been filled.
What I'm most interested to see is that my body has responded and strengthened so quickly after decades of crappy eating and so soon after having hit near rock bottom during The One Where I Had No Iron. Best of all, I was supposed to have a migraine this week. Because it's 'this week'. I've had one 'this week' since I was 14 and they've been getting worse. Nothing. Not even a twinge. In fact a couple of days ago Evie said, 'Mum, you haven't had a migraine in aaaages.'
I think the changes I'm experiencing are largely down to the smoothies I have for breakfast now, instead of the toast/porridge I'd've eaten before. I don't test gluten intolerant but the difference is marked now that this first meal is whole, living food. Personally, I feel more benefit from vegetables than I do fruit but veg smoothies can be pretty bleh for my palate. I miss my juicer. I had a really great one that I found, unused, in a second hand shop but then I accidentally set fire to it. Twice. Time to go juicer hunting again.
So in short: so far, so great. No downside. I don't watch what I eat, I eat whenever I like but my happier body is not asking for food/energy all the time in the way it was (see: sugar/carb cravings) because it's working on top grade fuel.
Bullet points? Don't mind if I do.
- Grocery bills haven't gone up.
- Cash flow is different as I will invest in food supplements (like ground flax/chia/berries) for my smoothies that can be pricey, but they last for weeks and weeks.
- I also take a big Vit B Complex and my mega-iron pills. In a month or so I'll get my iron levels checked and see if I still need to be taking these. Happy to keep doing it; happy to stop. Come the darker days I'll add in Vit D.
- Our food is more interesting.
- Charlie and Evie now eat at least one vegan meal every day and both love it. Charlie has been a vegetarian for 10 years and Evie hasn't eaten meat (by her own choice) since she left China eight years ago.
- Evie is increasingly interested in 'healthy food' and loves that I'm getting fitter.
- I look healthier. #shallow #butmoreconfident
- I feel healthier.
- Fruit smoothie but veggie juice. At least until I find my Secret Ingredient.
- Sugar cravings? Dates dates dates. Seriously. No sugar hangover either. They got me through those tricky early days.
- Exercise-wise, it's an incredible boost to see and feel what you can do, if you just start with what you can do. Try to move every other day, as much as you can, and your body will love you for it and respond joyfully.
- Plant pasties. No really. Turns out they're my signature dish. Brit to the core. Don't fit in a Mason jar.