Um…yeah. So when I started this little expedition into veganism, I was so excited about all the pounds I was about to drop. I was finally going to have one of those waifish runner bodies…solid, lean, pure muscle! Fast-forward a few months to an exponential weight gain. W.T.H.?!
Sad, but true. Veganism did not produce the slim figure I was hoping for. Quite the opposite. I had to quickly take a step back and look at my diet habits. What was I doing wrong?
Well, first off…I use entirely too much salt. This is still a hard fact that I am dealing with. I love salt. Oprah loves bread…I love salt. Vegetables just don’t taste right to me without it. I am learning and trying to wean myself. Salt leads to water retention (and hypertension). Must cut the salt. 😨
Next failure…Just because it is vegan does NOT mean it is healthy! Please review my “Don’t Be Judgy” post. There I was, judging what others were buying, while I stood there with my Beanitos, my Oreos, my Veggie chips….EPIC FAIL! I tell myself my kids need snacks. But then I have one…and another…and another…. All the while justifying it because it is vegan.
My next mistake was processed foods. I am busy. I have three busy children. I didn’t think I had time to cook whole foods. So, I bought processed foods. Frozen “fish” fillets, vegan boxed mac and cheese, processed vegan sauces…You get the idea. These are no better than regular processed foods except they are vegan. I will not likely get away from them forever, but I am trying to limit them. A lot.
Last but not least, I had a tiny vegan diet menu. I didn’t know what to make, so I made the few things I knew over and over. Unfortunately, that involved a lot of pasta, potatoes, and rice. All okay in minimal amounts, but not on a daily basis. Following the vegan food pyramid (Google it) is my new goal.
I am still learning. I am always looking for kid-friendly, healthy meals. I have learned to plan out my meals more, and do a lot of meal prep on weekends. I am still fighting the weight but it is getting there, and I do feel better overall. So, if you run into this hurdle, don’t give up! Look for cookbooks, or good Pinterest sites. Check out other blogs. There is a wealth of information available. Also…once in a while…have the cake!