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Apr 21

Victory!

Ever since I was a teenager, it was always difficult for me to gain or lose weight. I stayed at the same weight from the 8th grade until my junior year of college. The only exception being during my senior year of highschool when I weighed 119 pounds for about 5 months. That was destroyed by my obsession with chocolate milkshakes.

In 2000, my weight shot up, and has been steadily growing, but I still could not lose weight. Portion control and counting calories just made me very hungry and didn’t help me lose weight. And the point is, vegetarians shouldn’t be overweight, and I was worried about that.

About a month ago, I picked up Eat to Live, which is a book by a physician in New Jersey named Dr. Fuhrman. It’s a book about how to reduce cancer and heart disease wrapped up in a diet book package that helps youlose weight.

In the three weeks that I have been on it, I have lost about 5 pounds, and I seem to be losing about a pound and a half a week. It has been… incredible. I have never lost easily, but now it is coming off and I am not hungry. It has been frustrating sometimes, and my boyfriend has been coming along kicking and screaming and whining. But we are both looking better and I feel better.

The diet is really just common sense, and I can’t believe that I had to read a book to tell me this stuff: it was like being hit with a clue-by-four. The trick is to fill up on stuff that is nutrient-dense and low calorie first, and eschewing fatty, calorie-rich things. Duh. If you are full from salad, there is no room for lasagna. Makes perfect sense.

The diet for the first six weeks is this: You can eat as much as you want of green, leafy vegetables, low starch veggies (carrots too!), fruits and beans. The goal is to eat 1lb raw and 1lb cooked every day. You can only have a cup a day of whole grain starches (brown rice, potatoes, corn, and whole grain bread), 2oz of avocado and 1oz of nuts. You cannot have animal products (meat or dairy), juice or dried fruit.

You also cannot have added salt, sugar or oil, which has been tough since I traditionally use all three in small doses on all my meals. For that, Trader Joe’s Fat Free Balsamic Vinaigrette has been great. On the salt front, I have cheated, as it is sometimes too difficult to flavor sometimes without it. I have not had any oil, and maybe there was some hidden sugar or juice that I didn’t see.

The first week, I felt… great. Like my body was saying, “Finally, I get all the vitamins!” I still feel good, but now it seems normal to not get sleepy after lunch. As I said earlier, the bf has not fared so well. He is going through some serious meat withdrawal, and has been saying that all he wants in the world is a cheeseburger. Of course, all he wanted last week was a pretzel, and then he didn’t like it, so we’ll see what happens in another three weeks.

In three weeks, we move on to a more relaxed diet. We’ll see how that goes.

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