She Went Vegan

Next to possibly Ronald Mc Donald I am the last person on Earth that any one would ever think of as being Vegan and yet here I am making a dramatic dietary change.. in fact just about a 180 considering that I was before this time pretty much a Paleo girl.

Problem was- even though I was happy by body was not and my diabetes was becoming more aggressive and my autoimmune system we continuing to fail ( fun huh??)

So with that in mind as well as my husband's cholesterol levels we made the big jump to a plant based / no oil diet ala Engine 2 .

Massaged Kale Salad
 Start with  2x the Kale you think you will need, the massaging really brings down the volume.
Using just a bit of kosher salt or in my case the oil free Sesame oil dressing, using clean or gloved hands massage the ripped up Kale bits until the darken, and become soft and silky ( 3-5 minutes).  To this I added hunks of avacado, some walnuts, tomatoes and slices of cooked sweet potato that I quickly pan fried to warm them. 

This actually was not as hard as you would think since I have already ditched sugars, most processed food and a ton of other things that the world around me eats on a daily basis, so saying goodbye to the meat was easy.. the oil... not bad.. but the dairy.. there I let out a little sob and a whimper but I will survive.

Today's lunch was Massaged kale with sweet potatoes, avacados, tomatoes and walnuts.  Dinner was toasted brown rice with roasted vegables topped with homemade (no oil or cheese) pesto.

New shopping lists are being made, the fridge and freezer are being cleaned out  and adjustments in preperation for this new adventure.

Interested in more good reasons to do this?   A good place to start is the documenteray Forks over Knives

Want and easy read with all the science in the footnotes?  Rip's new book is a great place to dig in!

 I don't know often I will be posting ( crying?  rejoicing?) about this adventure but this will be where I will be doing it if you want to follow along!


Hemlock Tea said...

I went vegan in December, though not the no-oil thing. I have seen tremendous results in my health. I dropped 15 pounds in about 4 months, my rosacea cleared up, and I have no menstrual cramps (they used to be horrendous). I attribute most of that to dairy. I haven't been a perfect vegan-I have freegan tendencies- but it's not about being perfect, it's about doing the best you can. The most frustrating thing is hearing other people complain about how pushy vegans are, which couldn't be further from the truth (every group in society has their highly visible jerks, just look at all the bacon pushers XD). Give The China Study a read, that has been the biggest motivator in my lifestyle changes. Best wishes!

Susan K said...

Congratulations! I became a whole food plant based eater via a circuitous route but after 4 years I will never go back. I am so happy to see that you are going to be a plant strong eater-there are many vegan foods that that are bad for your health-but plant strong is the way to go. Welcome to the wonderful world of eating your self healthy!

~ Allison ~ said...

For medical reasons I can see making drastic modifications to your diet. I am always wary of any kind of extremism though. I eat very healthy - organic, free range, etc. and so far so good. No soda, no chemicals (if I can help it). The stress over micro-managing your diet can do worse harm than the diet itself. A slip here and there are not going to harm you. Not to argue, but I see so many people who suddenly went Vegan and lost weight, but it was mostly attributed to the fact that they never paid full attention to their diet and portions before, not just the vegan switch. I'd probably throw up if I ate a whole snickers bar, but I may grab a little Hershey or two if I have a craving. Everything in moderation.... stress is evil. Exercise makes happy endorphins :)
Best of luck on your journey and if you slip it's not the end of the world!

Reena said...

Good Luck with that. I'm not on that bandwagon but do try to eat more healthfully. Look forward to hearing your progress. But what is with massaging your kale????

Maddie Kertay- The Domestic Anarchist said...

Thanks for all the comments, and no worries, the chance of me doing anything extreme are pretty nil, I can totally see that every once in a while some meat will pass my plate after the first 3 months. At this point my hope is that in keep a bit strict for a while I can "wake" up my systems that have gotten very lazy -helloo Type II Diabetes - If not.. you can find me in the corner eating pudding :) - Kidding

Hemlock Tea said...

Just have to come back and say that veganism *isn't* an extreme diet; you can meet every dietary need very easily on a vegan diet except for B12 (because of the way we grow our vegetables now- B12 is produced by microbial organisms). Meat is a luxury item in many parts of the world, and I'd doubt anybody from a plant-based dietary culture would agree that it's extreme.