Sadly, there is still no camera to record my eating and to keep me in check. On the up side, I have succeeded in continuing to eat a plant based diet. I did have one exception this past week when I went to dinner with my good friend. I ate Eggplant Parmesan. It was the first time I had ever tried it. It was good. however, it had dairy and it was fried, so I won’t be eating that yummy dish very often. I also eat some oven fried French fries on Father’s Day. I don’t usually eat potatoes either. This exception was a holiday of sorta. We had Brauts (mine were vegan), watermelon and the fries. They were tasty, but it will be a while before I have that much starch in one sitting again.
This is what we got from the Farmer’s Co-op this week. Thankfully, they posted a picture. I wish I had a picture of the beautiful strawberries I’ve been getting from my garden too. They look as good as the berries in the picture! They are so tasty. For three days in a row all I had for lunch was those yummy berries! I also ate lots of salads, a vegan burger, and vegan mac and cheese this past week. The main down fall I see that I am experiencing from not having a camera to keep my on the path is that I didn’t take the time to plan my meals last week. However, Saturday I planned for this coming week. Pictures or not, I will stick to it the best I can.
With the couple of times I have ventured off of my plant based diet, I have come to realize the truth in the above statement. I may not look like a vision of health, but feel SO MUCH Better! Aches and pains are nearly gone and only return when I choose to eat some of my old “go to” foods for “old times sake.”
So many people comment that this thing I do must be hard. Actually, not being able to record in picture every little thing I eat has helped mt to realize that I have trained my body to crave healthy foods. I no longer crave soda, chips, cookies or chocolate. I no longer think the smell of a hamburger on the grill smells good. I now work into the store or the farmer’s market and savor the smell of berries and I am attracted to the deep greens of the lettuces, green onions, and kale on display.
I also get comments about this “diet” or “phase” I am in. It’s not a diet. It’s not a phase. This is a permeant lifestyle change for me. Yup, that is right. I gave up meat. I gave up sugar. I gave up processed foods. I gave up dairy. And I regret nothing.