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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!
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    I'm not a tofu fan either. I also cull most processed food. I'm not much on pasta though. It really spikes my blood sugar. I I like almost all fruits and veggies.
    3167 days ago
  • POPSY190
    We enjoy our plant based eating as well. So pleased to hear vegetarianism is suiting you.
    3168 days ago
    What a wonderful blog! Proof that what goes in your body affects the energy you get out of it.
    3168 days ago
    Check out Chef Meg's slow cooker veggie curry (did I tell you this already?). It's my favorite vegetarian meal. Also, you might want to try fake ground meat in spaghetti sauce and chili. Fry it up first(you don't have to add oil to the pan), then add to the pot. Adds texture and my family can't tell the difference.
    3169 days ago
    I am excited for you!
    Remember, healing begins on the inside before it shows on the outside.
    I really believe you are healthier for the changes you have made.

    Congratulations on hanging in there on the promises you made to yourself.

    3169 days ago
    Great blog. Congratulations on two months of vegetarian with some tuna. Glad you are able to say no to unhealthy foods.
    Keep it up. emoticon
    3169 days ago
    Congrats on your lifestyle change, 62 days that is a huge accomplishment.
    3169 days ago
    Excellent blog. I've added many more veggies to my diet and discovered a love for mukimame and Greek yogurt. Actually, I like extra firm tofu, sauteed, with one of the Indian sauces you can get at Wegmans or Trader Joe's. It's cheap and good protein, and the low calorie count balances out the spicy Indian sauce. Yum! But "naked" tofu - not sure I could do that either! emoticon
    3169 days ago
  • OJ_2_OK
    Awesome job on the new lifestyle changes!!
    3169 days ago
    Great blog. Especially liked the last paragraph. It really spoke to me. Keep up the great job!
    3169 days ago
    Good for you! I've flirted with the idea of becoming a vegetarian for years, but I'm not quite ready. I do eat less red meat and more fish, and I try to eat a variety of fruits, grains, and vegetables. My diet is already restricted because of my gluten intolerance.
    3170 days ago
    Let's face it--we are no longer in our 20's and can't eat like we are in our 20's--unfortunately we still have to exercise like we are in our 20's if we hope to lose the weight. Congratulation on all the successful changes you've mad on your journey to good health--it ain't easy.
    3170 days ago
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    I really enjoy reading your blogs. Congrats on 62 days!
    3170 days ago
  • LE7_1234
    I find it helps to think of each next "yes" instead of the next "no". Yes to good health, yes to good food, yes to great blood tests in December!

    I've become more or less vegetarian. (Actually, more--I have a tendency towards vegan--but I don't like declarations! LOL!) My husband and kids like cookbooks, but I prefer google. :-)

    I get a lot of great recipes here:

    (She's on Spark People, too.)

    3170 days ago
  • -AMANDA79-
    Great blog! I've often thought about incorporating a few meatless days into the week. The first one would make the next one easier, right?

    3170 days ago
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