Pescatarian diet: 62 days in
Saturday, October 13, 2012
I became a vegetarian in August and have been able to stick with it with the exception of three tins of tuna fish at a time when I was rushed and needed a big protein hit.
Feeling a commitment helps. Knowing that I am "prepping" for my blood fat tests in December also helps. I feel generally better. My energy level is good.
A vegetarian diet will not necessarily speed up the weight loss but it cannot hurt. Of course my skinny husband and son are losing weight much more rapidly than i am---but that's Sod's Law at work (whoever Sod is, he's been all over me all my life!)
It's taken some ingenuity and some work. I've sampled many cook books from the library and purchased the ones I most enjoyed.
The longer I practice a way of eating the easier it gets. Right now some of the things I used to eat fill me with horror. I also want to maintain some of my autonomy. So it's no tofu and not imitation meats for me. Maybe it's a idiosyncracy, but I am a long-time professed enemy of tofu.
I am eating quite a bit more pasta and dairy but I'm not gaining weight. A serving of pasta with a great vegetable sauce is a thing of pleasure.
My mother gave up smoking about 50 years ago. She immediately began scolding people (including perfect strangers) for smoking. I don't believe in the scolding approach---she may have caused some of her children to embrace smoking with her vigorous diatribes against its evils. But I do believe that people in general have a few "come to Jesus" moments in their lives and Spark People has provided me with a series of them--not by scolding nor by ham-fisted lectures, but by compelling persuasion and logic.
I've had to work on it and sugar and meat and salty snacks no longer give me pleasure or comfort or solace or delight. And may it always be so. I know how easy it is to slip. How alluring the clarion call of fast food and Ben and Jerry can be. But each "no" makes the next "no" easier and more natural. And with each "no" you get closer to the ideal---the piece of broccoli or the instructive carrot as a "beau ideal" of a perfect treat.
And onward we go--a busy week lies ahead!