I was vegetarian for 17+ years, many of those years strictly vegan. I loved being vegetarian, but my body didn’t. Before I was veg my weight was stable and low. Since.. well, it’s been a roller-coaster of ups and downs. Unfortunately it’s mostly been “ups”. I’ve gained about 60 pounds. I tried Nutrisystem for a year. I really enjoyed it, but I only lost 17 pounds and my options as a vegetarian were limited. I gained all that back and much more after “falling off the wagon” following the death of two of my dogs within 6 months of each other. Then I developed a soy intolerance. I can’t eat anything with soy without consequence.
I’ve decided to try something entirely new.
I know a few people who successfully eat a low-carb, high-fat diet. That is what I’m trying now. It’s such a total lifestyle change for me. Animal welfare was the main reason I was vegetarian. My welfare is the reason I had to change. It is clear that a high-carb diet is not healthy for me. My health is not what it was 20 years ago and I can’t simply blame that on aging.
I started eating low-carb, high-fat May 30, 2015. As of Jun 4, 2015, I’ve lost over 7 pounds. Most of that is “water weight”, but I’m happy with that because water retention is a big problem I deal with. (My doctor prescribed compression stockings to help with fluid buildup in my feet and ankles.) Thing is… I’m not eating less calories than I was the week previous. (I chart with My Fitness Pal.) I’m just eating different food. I’m also feeling better.
Here’s some honesty: Eating this way is more satisfying. I don’t mean that it’s more delicious; I really love vegetarian food and think it’s delicious. LCHF (low-carb, high-fat) is more satisfying is that I don’t get that intense hunger in-between meals. It’s easy to feel full with less food. No sugar rush, no crash after.
I know it is possible to eat LCHF in a vegetarian way. It’s not for me. The protein sources that are vegetarian are mostly off-limits for me. Too much tummy troubles or too high in carbs. This is really hard for me. I have no clue how to cook meat. Well, that’s not entirely true. My adult life between 18 and 24 I did cook boneless, skinless chicken breasts, but beyond that I’m pretty clueless.
What about animal welfare? Well, I’m going to seek as many local sources as I can and avoid “factory farming” as much as possible. To be brutal about it, I’m the priority now. I need to spend more time worrying about myself. I spent 17 years of my life avoiding animal food products. This is not something that was an easy decision.
- My husband still eats mainly vegetarian, but he has added fish to his diet a few times a week. He is not eating LCHF.
- I had no problems eating animal products after 17 years. I was scared. Vegetarian books/websites warned that I’d be sick because my body wouldn’t have enzymes to digest animal products. I believe that is propaganda that has little basis in truth. Sure, eating a new food may disagree with some people, but eating vegetarian long term does not automatically make you “meat intolerant.”
Well, that’s my ramble for now.