This being my first post, I'll provide back ground information. I've kind of just started on transitioning to near vegetarian, to near vegan, to raw. I don't admit to be 100% anything. I am traveling, though, to one of the top ten vegetarian cities in America, Philadelphia. My job travel often tweaks my tastebuds, or changes the things I do. I'm 50, nearly 51. I was a strict vegetarian for about 9 months, then my work put me somewhere that had only a Sonics, for 2 weeks, with no refrigerator in the hotel room. That ended vegetarian eating.
While Vegetarian, I ate junk like Bocca burgers on buns...after all they were healthy cause it wasn't meat. I then began to gain, and went on HCG...OH God, I don't even want to talk about that at all. HCG is suffering! So, I decided I was ready to change,. I had been doing yoga, until I had months of job travel. I joined a gym, I went on the CLEAN Program I saw on Dr. Oz. The Clean Program has a certain protocol as sorts, and calls for light exercise. I do Zumba about 3 times a week, and Rock Solid Strength class 2 days a week.
I was in Zumba, and had an incredible calve cramp., I continued with the class, but promptly went home and ate a banana. Bananas are no-no's on the clean program. I decided I couldn't deal with bananas being evil. Someone in a Ravelry Raw foods (cause raw foods and knitting go together , mentioned 80-10-10. I ordered 80-10-10 (which I love). I looked this up,and knew. NEVER again would I be ostracized for eating a banana!
It bugs me cause I like to play with recipes, but I can't stand cold food. I then have to heat them somehow. Especially while we have all this snow.
I just can't get my taste buds to eat cold food. I have found it ungodly easy to reach for a banana instead of Twizzlers. That, I think is step one. Step two, is finishing job travel, (I've found a bunch of "Whole Paycheck" stores in Philadelphia, bananas will be plentiful). I haven't left yet, but when I leave, I know directly where to go. I've chosen to eat at vegetarian restaurants while I am gone.
That doesn't make getting used to raw foods easier here at home. I eat vegetarian here mostly, and play around with the meat on my plate here at home. I cook for my mom and son, and they eat meat. I've tried saying, "You guys need a diet change." That is very true. But then I realize I'm not trying to change anyone. If I make something awesome that's raw, I make enough so my mom can eat it too. She is 81. She really doesn't like it.
I realize at this point, I'm not wanting to change anyone, and I'm not trying to force vegan food on anyone. When I made raw brownies, I made a batch of real baked brownies for my son. To me, my transitioning into vegan/LF raw is going to be done quietly. no struggle, no force, no suffering. But what's double cool is: No damn restricting of calories. As much snow as we have had, I make the shoveling my "gym". I shovel as if I'm in my Rock Solid Strength class. But I've not lost weight yet. Probably cause I'm 100% vegan as I'd like to be.
Since I've been doing 2 meals fruit based, lfrv, and shoveling like crazy, I've actually gained weight, but my snowboard pants that used to not fit over a pair of yoga pants and leggings, now are loose. These pants are for a monster butt, and I don't have that. The ugly pants fall as soon as I pull them up.
I sweat harder than ever in zumba and Strength class..well, that's kind of gross, sorry, and my muscles though worked, are not as sore. I went from a size 14 jeans to a size 12 in about a week. But while on the Clean Program, I didn't see any difference.