A Diet I haden’t tried……

13 Aug

Well, here I am 6 weeks after starting  another nutrition adventure. In all honesty, I had tried the “plant based” diet a few times in the last couple of years. It went swimmingly in the first few weeks. The first time I got so tired of vegetables (that’s what I thought plant base meant) that all I was eating at the end was fat free vegan brownies. The second time went a bit better, even with a half Ironman Triathlon, the training, travel and the race it went well nutrition wise. It was the Alaska Cruise that didn’t fare well (yes, there’s a pun in there).

I had written to Princess Cruise Line to let them know that I needed a Vegan Diet. Our first dining experience went something like this: Me “Good evening. Umm, do you have a Vegan Menu?” Maitre D “Yes, it would be these three items on the menu.” She said in a heavy Eastern European accent. Me ” These have butter and cream in them. They are Vegetarian, but not Vegan.” Maitre D “Yes, these are the three items you have.” End of conversation. I had salad for every lunch and dinner and ate the vegetables from the buffet. THEN we went on the Taku Lodge excursion. I mean, seriously, how does ANYONE deny alderwood smoked salmon fresh from the waters in front of you? Well, I DID NOT deny myself. And it was amazingly tantalizing to my taste buds! As well as the rest of the meal! That was the end of the plant based diet for a few years. Oh, I did manage to LOSE 5 pounds on the cruise. That should go down in the history books.

Now, back to current nutrition. As I stated in my first blog, I have been taken off of my cholesterol inhibiting medication secondary to having muscle fatigue that is not related to exercise. (I’ve been training/racing Age Group triathlon for about 8 years, so I’m pretty familiar with the exercise fatigue/muscle building soreness). So, I decided to do Plant Based once again, hoping to keep my numbers in the “acceptable” range.

I realized, after even more research, that being Plant Based doesn’t mean JUST VEGETABLES in the “Green Vegetable” sense. In all of my nutrition challenges I have had it pounded into my head to avoid, at all cost, starches/carbohydrates unless I am training/racing. And that is what I had been doing. So, enter into my nutrition world Chef A.J., and Dr. Mcdougall. WOW! I eat more starches than I ever thought I would be able to and actually LOSE weight. Okay, it’s only been about a pound a week, but for me, it is a dream come true! Especially since I had my cartilage trimmed in my knee and have been unable to run for the last 2 1/2 months!

A side note here: I have had an eating disorder, or so I thought, all of my life. My poor mom: I weighed 10 pounds when I was born, my mom was 5ft and maybe 100 pounds….. My highest weight was 225 in high school (the last time I looked at the scale anyway), and I have been a yoyo until the last 8 years. Running and triathlon have been my lifestyle fix. Endurance sports really did save my life and pushed me into researching nutrition to the point that I am now.

So, here I am enjoying all of the comfort foods I so missed all these years because I listened to EVERYONE and didn’t research for myself. I have a “Blog” acquaintance that has done something similar in that he has researched and found what seems to be working for him and putting him into a healthy state.(His blog site is Cafe moi) I encourage him and anyone reading this to PLEASE listen to your intuition when it comes to your health. It’s not a one size fits all nutrition world, and we are learning so much about how what we put in our body creates our health.

Stay Happy, Stay Healthy!





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