I’ve been following the Engine 2 Rescue Diet (a plant-based, whole foods) diet for six weeks now. It’s been an interesting ride. I have to make everything myself, including hummus and salad dressing, since this is a no oil, no salt, no preservative diet. There has been a pretty high learning curve, and I’ve learned that it can be a little bit difficult to cook with no oil. Also, I have to admit that I use a lot of spices which is a good thing, since they make everything taste really good.
The first two weeks were the worst, and I ended up going to bed early to avoid temptations. But sometime during the third week I discovered the wonderful sweetness of grapes, and life has been much better since. In the interests of truth-telling, I did indeed try some delicious vegan chocolate for Easter.
So far, I’ve lost 13 pounds and I have no idea how many inches. Last week was a hard week for me (depressed) and I did not get up and exercise. I did however, go on my daily walk – so I did get some exercise. I started back up yesterday with getting up early to exercise.
I am mostly eating meals from the book, but there are many variations that you can use. The recipes are quite easy, and the best thing that you can do is just decide that this is the way that you’re going to eat from now on. Prepared foods, while convenient, are extremely harmful to your health. And there is really no amount of oil that is good for you. I do get take-out once a week, either Chinese food (steamed) with only Soy Sauce, or pizza with no cheese and lots of veggies. So, I’m not totally doing without take-out. However, I did learn not to get any sauces on my Chinese, and to only get it steamed. I had the worst stomach ache the first time I got regular Chinese veggies. So, there is a learning curve here. Also, and this is the most important thing, I do not count calories. Sometimes I fill my dinner bowl all the way! I eat if I’m hungry. I’m just not eating anything that isn’t plant based or filled with oils. So, yes…I’ve been known to eat two bananas, two oranges and a ton of grapes in one day. There are no limits on my food intake. I’ll have a large (huge) salad with chickpeas for lunch along with a baked potato. Then, in the afternoon I’ll have one or two oranges. If I’m hungry, I’ll eat. There is little caloric density in plant-based foods. So, you eat a lot, and often.
As far as benefits, I have had less over-all aches and pains from Fibromyalgia, but they haven’t gone completely away. I do feel healthier, and just to let you know, potatoes can indeed be eaten with no vegan butter on them. I throw them in the microwave (or oven), bake them and put spices on them. Also, they only have about 60 calories each. So, yes, you can eat potatoes and be healthy. I make sure that I don’t let myself become too hungry. I buy a lot of fruits, including oranges, bananas and grapes. I’ve also been buying frozen fruits, usually blueberries, mangoes and peaches. I’m so excited for the summer fruits to start coming in. I can’t wait! If you want, I’ll give out some recipes in another post. So far, this has been the best way of eating I’ve found, for me. It takes more work, but I love the food!