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Nov 1 marks 5 weeks of my Plant-based diet and counting

by jughandle

5 weeks

I told you that I’d weigh in on November 1 to let you know if eating a plant-based diet helps me lose weight as well as improves my health.  I just weighed in 14 pounds lighter than I was on September 27th when I started this thing.  14 pounds is no great feat, I’m well aware, but I haven’t intentionally tried to reduce my calorie intake.  All I’ve done differently is to not eat meat.  I’ve lost roughly 1/2 lb a day without trying.

Difficulty factor

On a scale from 1-10 with 10 being impossible to do, I’d say that for the first 3-4 weeks it was a difficulty factor of 3.   The last week I’ve been having cravings, mostly because I’m bored with the same old beans and greens.  Last week was a 7 on the scale.  I’m going to continue on my quest for clean arteries through the holiday season, which is going to be no mean feat because I’m going to be cooking for a family of meat eaters over Thanksgiving.  I’m going to feature a nice vegetable dish as the main course with side dishes of meat and fish as needed.  Of course I’ll cook a turkey for Thanksgiving more than likely.

Remember, I don’t have the greatest will power.  Because I’ve had cancer twice and have stared death in the eye, I truly believe that we shouldn’t put off enjoying living.  Life is short and the older you get the more you’ll realize just how short.  Enjoy yourself but don’t take unnecessary risks that might shorten your time on earth.  I don’t care if you believe in the “great void”, heaven, or reincarnation, you’ll only be in this body once, so make the best of it.

This is just an update so I won’t preach to you today.  More on reversing heart disease later in the week – jughandle

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Heather November 1, 2011 - 2:51 pm

You’re doing awesome!!!! 5 weeks is great, 14 pounds is great!! Keep up the motivation!! I can’t wait to eat some of the new recipes you are trying!!

jughandle November 1, 2011 - 7:25 pm

Heather, thanks for the comment. I really appreciate you reading the blog. I can’t wait each time I log on to your blog to see what great shot you’ve taken of your boys. The apple photos were fantastic.

Deborah Bennett November 1, 2011 - 4:31 pm

Well done and this is the way the weight stays gone.You are so fun to follow.I try most of the recipes and feel very pleased with the results.I wanted fried chicken really bad but did have the cornbread with beans.Yummm

jughandle November 1, 2011 - 7:23 pm

Thanks so much for your comment and for following the posts. I love hearing when someone actually gets something out of a post or recipe. I almost broke down when I was writing the fried chicken post. Isn’t that good cornbread?

Deborah Bennett November 2, 2011 - 9:15 am

Yes, the cornbread is wonderful.I know what you mean with the fried chicken, I had to think of all my wonderful things I do or I was going to tie myself to the chair to get the thought out of my head. Last year four other couples and myself started a organic garden. When the eggplant came in you posted a recipe for it and was very good as well.I used fresh parmesan cheese to coat the slices then baked them with a drizzle of olive oil.We are getting used to whole wheat pasta too.
I will have two honeybee hives starting eary spring, so when I harvest my honey,I will let you know about my Apiaries skills.

jughandle November 2, 2011 - 5:38 pm

Wow, organic garden and Bees! That’s great. Try making your own whole wheat pasta, it has a completely different taste (better) than the dried stuff. Here is the link I did on the blog of how to make it. http://jughandlesfatfarm.com/blog/2011/09/01/how-to-make-your-own-pasta/
I need to eat more egg plant, there are really a lot of things you can do with it.

Benon November 16, 2011 - 8:20 pm

Okay I’m convinecd. Let’s put it to action.

Mittie Wooden November 2, 2011 - 9:23 am

I had lima beans & cornbread last night, & was very satisfied. I could do this veggie thing…..if it weren’t for being married to your brother….. I like your idea about making a veggie the main dish, & using meat more as a side dish. And, BTW, other than the tradition of the Thanksgiving turkey, I don’t think it will hurt Steve & the kids to be introduced to a little vegetarianism. 😉

jughandle November 2, 2011 - 5:42 pm

Hard to beat lima beans, I love them. Great choice with cornbread. Steve said that you’d like to go veggie. I don’t want to scare any one with thoughts of salads for Thanksgiving. I haven’t become a veggie Evangelist yet. We’ll have a nice Turkey maybe even deep fried.

Mena November 16, 2011 - 9:31 am

Heck yeah this is exctaly what I needed.

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