As I previously mentioned, I just wrapped up 30 days of whole-foods plant-based eating.
You could call this a whole-foods plant-based diet, but I feel that the word ‘diet’ has so many different meanings depending on the experience of the person reading. What I want to convey and stress is that these 30 days were not a diet. It was a new way of eating. This was not to lose weight, which is what most people think when they hear the word diet.
I chose this diet (way of eating) to see how my body would react to being exposed to less toxins from the foods consumed.
As promised, here are a few of my general thoughts, random notes, and observations from the last few weeks. This is post #1 of 2. Apparently I have a lot of observations!
- I ate a ton of carbs. Organic when possible. Brown rice. Quinoa. Ezekiel bread. I ate way more carbs than I normally consume when I am eating meat. At first, this was a strange thing for me. It took me about ten days to realize that I have to get my calories from somewhere, and I can only eat so many vegetables. Which leads me to my next point…
- I ate a ton of vegetables. All kinds. Everyday.
- This way of eating made me more creative with foods. Check out the last 4 weeks of recipes I have posted on this blog.
- It also made me be more prepared for cooking. I always had fresh fruit and vegetables around to eat and cook with.
- It kept me from eating crap. Crap is not whole-foods or plant-based. Yes I just said that.
- It helped that the hubs was doing it with me. Accountability is always a good thing. In eating. In life.
- I started to recognize how much I enjoy eating raw foods. I previously ate raw foods (namely salads), but I was consuming so many more to get in calories, I really started to crave them.
- I cheated a few days with high-quality dark chocolate. Just a small bite was all I needed.
- I had to EAT A TON. See points 1 and 2 above. For the first two weeks, I felt like I was always starving and always eating. I attribute this to the fact that my body was used to all the food it had been getting from the previous few weeks with Christmas and the holidays. And that food was far from whole-foods, plant-based.
- It takes a lot of time to eat this way. And a lot planning, as I previously said. I don’t think I can over exaggerate this point.
- I wrote down every morsel of food I put into my body for 30 days.
- I hate food journaling. See above.
Enough for today! Come back tomorrow for Part 2 of my Food Musings!