Last night I was reading one woman’s story about how she cured her severe psoriatic arthritis by following John McDougall’s Elimination Diet. It didn’t happen overnight, but it happened. An elimination diet is a methodical plan to isolate the foods that are causing your problems and Dr. McDougall only recommends it for those with severe health issues. Thankfully, this diet is not for me. Did you ever notice that while you’re reading one article on the internet that you somehow get lead into another? After reading this woman’s story I went to McDougall’s site and read about his Maximum Weight Loss Diet. I adopted a plant-based diet in August 2012. I lost about 25 pounds and my cholesterol and glucose levels were lowered. As I became more creative with my plant-based cooking, my weight loss plateaued. This is probably because I’m still eating white flour, refined sugar and high-fat plant foods like coconut milk/cream, avocados and nuts. (I shouldn’t use the word “probably”. . . I know why I’ve hit this plateau. It’s not from eating too much spinach.) While plant-based fats are healthier than animal fats, they are more calorically dense than vegetables and fruits. While I feel good, I would like to lose more weight. So I thought I’d get the book and try the Maximum Weight Loss Diet. Well, wouldn’t you know it Bruce bought the book months ago, so I have no reason to put it off for another day. After skimming the book, it looks like I will be eating more of green and yellow vegetables; a little less whole grains and starchy vegetables; a little bit of fruit; and NO refined flour, sugar, nuts or fats. This is what a truly whole food, plant-based diet is. If it sounds severe, it isn’t. I can eat a lot as long as it’s a whole plant food and I can eat as often as I like. And based on my experience when I first eliminated meat and dairy from my diet my body adjusted rather quickly. Many diet experts suggest that you let others know when you start a diet, in part because it makes you accountable to others. So, I’m inviting you to follow my progress, help keep me honest and hopefully take away something for yourself. Stay tuned and thanks for being Vegi-curious.
28 May 2014