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Two steps forward, one step back. The vegan dance.

Two steps forward, one step back. The vegan dance.

I’ve been veganish for a year and a half.  Many of my previous health issues (chronic stomach/intestinal issues, acne, migraine headaches, headaches from too much protein) have either been reduced or disappeared. But, I have to admit that I’m a little disappointed that I haven’t lost more weight.

Initially, I lost about 15 pounds, but gained back 10 of that.  While weight issues can be attributed to many things (stress, lack of exercise, thyroid issues, to name a few), I’m tackling what I think to be the issue I’m facing:  lack of exercise and too much oil, pasta & bread.

Oh, pasta.  My kryptonite.  Oh, how I love hate you so.

To help me out with this, I’m doing two things:  exercising with a local trainer 2 times a week and reading The Engine 2 Diet by Rip Esselstyn, to help me understand the reasons why oil and white grains are so not good for us.  If you’ve watched Forks Over Knives, you’ll recognize Rip as the uber fit, athlete/firefighter son of Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn.

(If you haven’t watched Forks Over Knives, I’d highly recommend it.  Totally worth the 90 minutes of your time.  Those cat videos will be there when you get back.)

I’ve already read Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health, the companion book to the movie, as well as the companion book for Fat Sick & Nearly Dead.  And, they were excellent books.  rip esselstyn signed copy of engine 2 dietBut, I hadn’t gotten around to reading The Engine 2 Diet, even though Rip signed our copy last February when we saw him give a talk at Whole Foods.  And, Rip just came out with a new book, My Beef with Meat: The Healthiest Argument for Eating a Plant-Strong Diet.  I really want to read that one, so I might as well start with the first one, huh?

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