At long last I'm sitting down to take the time to write my "vegan post".
Only - it's not so vegan.
I tried to go gun-ho on the whole vegan thing after my doctor's appointment on Monday - only to discover that I have NOT THE FIRST CLUE about how to eat vegan. And thus I just kinda stopped eating - which was very very dumb of me, I know, I know.
Had a couple days of being a total and complete BITCH (and feeling like a dirty and wet dishrag) and then decided that going vegetarian before going fully vegan was probably a smarter way to go. I thought that since I had quit smoking ciggarettes cold turkey I could do the same with food. Turns out my junk food addiction is much more powerful! Who'd have thunk it.
I'm gonna digress for a minute to give you a better view of my (more recent) diet.
My mom was a big time cook so I grew up on home cooked foods. But lots and lots of it. I have always been a well-rounded girl!
In 2000 I decided to go veggie. I did so (very successfully - I <3 vegetarian food!) for 3 years at which point I was forced to not be one anymore due to financial reasons (was barely eating at all - though I still managed to be kinda overweight because when I did eat it was cheap, easy, and usually from the food bank, thus not very nutritious)
Lived that way until 2005 when I moved into my "girl pad" and became veggie again for a year and a few months. I was thin, I was happy, I was healthy, I was fit... it was great.
Then me and D moved in together, November of 2006, and out the door went my blissful vegetable, fruit & fish market diet. For the last four years up until last Monday I have been a total junk-food-aholic. Not a care in the world. Well, not entirely. I always had that voice in the back of my head telling me to STOP NOW... but I ignored it... and now? I am suffering GREATLY from it.
If I'm going to be totally honest I believe that my fibromyalgia and endometriosis are both bi-products of the junk life I have been leading.
But it ends NOW.
And I'm going to stop beating my head with a stick every time I give in and have some yogurt. Or cream cheese. I am realizing that baby steps are the ONLY way that this is going to happen.
And if we are going to eat out, we will eat at Subway or at a decent restaurant where I can get a nice salad or "health-wise" meal.
NO MORE MCDONALDS!
NO MORE WENDY'S!
NO MORE BINGING ON JUNK FROM THE DOLLAR STORE.
and... this one is HARD but...
NO MORE $0.99 ARIZONA GREEN TEA in a CAN.
I'm using these books to help me along:
I don't have these ones yet, but I'm hoping to get em in the coming weeks:
I'll keep you all posted on how things are going, and if you have ANY tips they are ALWAYS greatly appreciated! I'm kinda obsessive really... with the checking of the comments.... :P