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. But, 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?
Yeah, sounds logical enough to me. 🙂
A few things we’ve started adjusting with our food is eating more whole grains, less white grains (the jasmine rice is still calling my name, though!), less or no oil. So, that means lots of:
- brown rice
- brown rice pasta (try Tinkyada– really nice texture NOT MUSHY)
- whole wheat pasta (the Jovial brand pastas are all made with Einkorn wheat and taste much better than other whole wheat pastas)
- using water or broth instead of oil when sauteeing
- using apple sauce or bananas instead of oil when baking
Pretty simple. I was seriously NOT looking forward to giving up my beloved white pasta. Like, seriously. It is my ultimate comfort food. But, then I read a few articles about modern-day wheat and what it’s doing to our bodies. Not cool. It was enough to motivate me to explore other options. I’m so glad to report that me, the pasta-queen, has been able to find wheat-free and whole wheat pastas that are quite delicious.
Really. They’re pretty darn good.
I still use olive oil when I make spaghetti. Old habits die hard. However, I’ve been cutting back oil use in many other recipes that I typically would have added it in (like chili, sauteed veggies and soups).
On the exercise front, I was shocked when I lost 2.6 pounds after working out just three times over 2 weeks time. Sweet! I’ve never been one to go to the gym, so we’re sweating all this pasta off at a local park. It does feel good to be more active. Even when Mary wants me to go up the hill. Again. For the sixth time.
I wish typing burned calories.
So, tell me:
Have you read The Engine 2 Diet? What are your favorite oil-free, plant strong meals?
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