My Eat to Live Journey – Weeks 1-3

I recently came across a copy of Dr. Joel Fuhrman's book, Eat to Live.  I've been a vegan for about ten years now, with the exception of a year that I ate fish and eggs.  So I've always known that a plant-based diet is optimal for health and weight loss.  But I had reached a plateau in my weight, and was looking for something more.  His book totally made sense to me.  It wasn't about what I wasn't eating, it was about what I needed to be eating.  I wasn't consuming nearly enough vegetables, even though I certainly felt like I was.  I mean, what else was I eating?

The more I read, the more I became convicted that I needed to up my game and get serious about this whole health thing.  My life and yours are made up of days, and each day is made up of choices.  You and I may not see results or consequences today, or tomorrow, or next week.  But over time, these choices add up!  So I decided I was going to do this thing.  And thankfully, my amazing husband agreed to do it with me.  (It's always fun to have a buddy.)

When I began, I weighed 158# and had a body fat percentage of 30%.  I'm 5'8", so I carried it pretty well, but I hated having to avoid fitting shirts or jeans.  I instead opted for yoga pants most of the time, just to "be comfortable."  Yeah, okay, let's be honest.  I didn't feel good in my skin.

The first few days, I didn't lose a single ounce.  And I was a bit hangry.  And detoxing.  And grouchy.  So those were not good days around my house, but I was determined.  I thought, "if THIS doesn't work, there is nothing else out there that makes the same amount of sense."  So I kept going.  And slowly, the pounds started melting off.  I had lost five pounds by the end of the first week, one the second week, and and two the third week.  So it wasn't incredibly consistent, and I couldn't see a pattern in what I ate.  I followed the plan strictly, not even budging once.  And I FEEL better.  My body fat percentage has gone down to 27%, I feel lighter, less bloated, my skinnIER jeans fit well, I'm less self-conscious, I sleep better, and I have more energy!  My stomach has shrunk, so I'm not hungry at all, and I certainly do not want to eat the foods I used to, blech.  My digestive system has adapted well to the um, increased bean consumption, too.

Best of all, I feel like I control what I eat, rather than my taste buds or what food happens to be around at the time.  My thoughts about food, my feelings about food, and my actions regarding food are all in unity. Before, I knew I SHOULD eat better.  But I wanted buttery popcorn.  Or chocolate fudge.  But now, I WANT cucumbers and peaches and kale and roasted garlic almond dressing and pumpkin seeds.  I can taste my food now that I've removed most of the salt.  Fruit is sweeter to me now that I don't eat sugar.  And oil just seems nasty now that I've learned to sauté in water or cooking wine.

I will write another update in three weeks, after the six week program is finished.  My husband has been such a huge help to me, so I do suggest finding other friends or family who may be willing to do this with you. It's fun to share recipes and successes! I am also posting some of the foods I've been eating on my Facebook page, so EasyVeggies on Facebook!

If you are trying to lose weight, or just change your diet for a healthier life, I highly recommend this book -- check out Dr. Fuhrman, as he's written many other books, including The End of Dieting, Super Immunity, Disease Proof Your Child, and The End of Diabetes.

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