This is coming to you a little late! Starting to type this out Monday evening but I know realistically I will not be posting until Tuesday lol. These past few weeks (and few days) have been super busy! We are both trying to get our shit together and pack for our holidays. Brent is going on a guys fishing trip which he does every year and I will be going to the lake where my parents live with Lola! Cannot wait to smell that fresh lake air.
Ok let’s get right too it!
My first full week of plant based eating went really well! I wrote out what I ate and how I felt each day so I’m just going to copy and paste those notes here. Full Weight loss results and photos will be near the end. Some photos are included but not all.
Monday July First
Start Weight – 265 (September)
Current Weight and Start of Week 1 PB – 250
Breakfast: Warm lemon water. Half cup of oatmeal with almond milk (unsweetened) and almond butter.
Lunch: Protein shake (Sunwarrior plant based chocolate protein powder)
Dinner: A mix of riced cauliflower, onions, peppers, mushroom broth, spices
Snack: Cherries and watermelon
Went for walk in evening – not long enough but it’s so hot out. I need to schedule a walk early morning and evening so that I knock it out. Brent offered me chicken today. I had to remind him of the plan and that im going to see it through. Slightly irritated but feeling good. Took all of my vitamins/supplements. Early to bed.
Tuesday July 2
Breakfast: Warm lemon water. Half cup of oatmeal, almond milk, 1tbsp almond butter, 2-3 tbsp frozen fruit (mixed berries)
Snack: Cherries and Oranges
Lunch: Chopped salad with homemade pico de gallo, cucumber, cabbage, celery, lemon juice, peanut sauce
Snack: Leftover cooked caulfilower and mixed peppers
Dinner: Two veggies burgers, cooked veggies with peanut sauce
Went for a 25 minute walk in the morning. It was so hot and humid. I have this hunger pit in my stomach. I took my vitamins and supplements.
Went for a drive in the evening – husband got iced coffee…I politely declined – the scent waft of Tim hortons made me salivate…muffins, churros, bagels, sausage…I want it all – happy with myself for saying no.
TMI alert but there has been LOTS OF POOPING..is it normal to poop this much???? Wow.
I have noticed that I get bored a lot so instead of snacking I get the H20 – results in more hydrated self and lots of peeing. I never drink enough water before so this is good. Didn’t get my evening walk because of rain. Early to bed. Good sleep last night although up once to use the washroom. I’m a pooping machine.
Weighed in 245.6 (started this at 250) ok so wow..weight loss! It’s happening.
Breakfast : Water with lime. Protein Shake – Sunwarrior vanilla protein powder. Should just be a hemp protein powder single source but this is what I have and it’s plant based so going with it. I blended it with almond milk, half a frozen banana, water and ice.
I Took my vitamins and supplements.
Snack : Cherries
Lunch: Rainbow rice paper wraps (was quite proud of these) I used 3 rice paper wraps and the filling was mixed greens and cilantro with lime juice, cucumber, red peppers, red cabbage and peanut sauce to dip.
Dinner: chopped salad – lots of mixed greens, cucumber, red pepper, red cabbage, sunflowers seeds dressed with Dr foos coconut sauce and lime juice.
Internet was down most of the day and evening – watched 2 episodes of season one the OC, leafed through the Kind diet by Alicia Silverstone which I bought back in 2009 – I guess I have always been interested in plant based, vegetarian, vegan eating but could never really see it through! We planted onions in the garden tonight and going to be in bed by 10:00.
Something I’m noticing – not waking up feeling swollen (hands, feet) and sinuses are so clear. Usually congested when I wake up mornings in the summer due to seasonal allergies. But everything is so clear. It’s a nice feeling.
Thursday July 4th
Weighed in at 244.2
Not going to weigh now until Monday as I know it will soon start to taper..so that’s almost 6 pounds since Monday and just over 20 pounds altogether since I started this weight loss journey.
Was very hungry when I woke up..I’m learning what true hunger is (pit in the throat, feel it in the back)
Breakfast: I had just over half cup quick cooking oats with unsweetened almond milk, pumpkin pie spice, 3 tbsp of frozen fruit, 1 tsp manuka honey and 1 tbsp almond butter.
Lunch was quick and easy : half cup cooked rice noodle, left over cooked frozen veggie, peanut sauce and hot sauce
Snack: handful of cherries
Dinner was on the road : vegetarian burrito: Filling: black beans, rice, guacamole, lettuce, pico de gallo, hot sauce, corn etc etc Should NOT have got the green jalapenos. Not feeling the best this morning (sore stomach)
Friday July 5th
Woke up had glass of water
No weighing today as I know it will be tapering down now. Will weigh Monday morning to see the total amount lost for the week. As of yesterday I was 244 and started the week at around 250ish (Started in September at 265)
I enjoyed a Teccino Coffee alternative – tea – roasted dandelion and caramel nut. It’s not so bad if you let it cool for a bit and I also used a coconut milk creamer. I haven’t had coffee in almost two weeks. That is huge for me. Coffee is a stimulant and I really need to give my adrenals a rest right now and nourish them back to life.
Stomach is a bit off and im tired today – maybe it’s because I haven’t had coffee? Lol No headaches..just tired. Also I should not have got spicy green jalapenos on the burrito last night. That has thrown my stomach way off.
Breakfast: half cup oats with almond milk, almond butter, 2 strawberries mashed up and 1 tsp maple syrup.
Lunch – 2 wraps: 1 cup refried Amys organic beans, lots of homemade pico de gallo, mixed greens, red pepper, cucumbers, and 1-2 tbsp of the homemade cashew “sour cream” that I made – grilled up served warm.
Just feeling tired and irritated today. People working on our house so I have to be home at all times. Lots of loud noises and haven’t been spending much time outside and haven’t gotten my walks. Feeling lazy and sluggish.
Dinner: Asparagus and a mix of riced cauliflower with pico de gallo, spices and cashew sauce
Saturday July 6th
Busy day today
Had my lemon water
Breakfast – two beyond meat sausage biscuit sandwiches and a tecchino dandelion caramel nut tea. I know this was a “processed food breakfast” But I’m ok with it. Doing the best I can and my choices are still a great improvement from how I was eating before. This was a nice weekend treat and I was super curious to try this popular “beyond meat” movement! It was actually pretty good.
Lots of running around today – busy getting Brent ready for his fishing trip.
Did a ton of walking around Costco LOL Does that count for my walk?
Brutal heatwave happening around here. Can’t wait until it breaks. It’s not safe to take Lola for walks in this heat.
Lunch : Left over asparagus and lots of fresh local strawberries and watermelon
Dinner – Loaded baked potato with cooked black beans which I just added a bunch of spices too and veggie broth, pico de gallo and cashew cream sauce
Was out all evening visiting sister in laws new house
Sunday July 7th
Today seemed to be the busiest day of life.
I took care and entertained our 2 neices today while Brent was at work.
We did lots of walking outside, swimming in the pool, and lots of different activities (how do moms do it? Lol) By the end of the day I was so tired.
Breakfast: half cup of oats, almond butter, maple syrup and almond milk
Lunch: one wrap, black beans, pico de gallo and cashew sauce
Dinner: I was offered an ooey gooey cheese and olive pizza (my fave) I politely declined and sat and ate my meal in a separate room to decompress a bit from the day. Brent and the girls ate their pizza. I had a giant baked potato the size of my head topped with grilled onions, cuban black beans, pico de gallo and cashew cream sauce.
A few days ago I picked up a blood testing meter at Costco (just to test periodically to make sure I’m on track)
Two weeks ago my A1C level was over 10 (diabetic) The past few days I have been getting blood glucose readings in the 7.1 and 7.3 range for before breakfast blood sugar level readings and a few hours after meals. I love seeing the green light reading “within range”. This tells me that I am on the right path with what I’m eating, what I’m doing for exercise and overall making the lifestyle changes I have desperately been needing to make. Hopefully with consistency my A1C continues to lower as well as stabilizes. I will continue to test and share with you the results. The naturopath will be checking my blood A1C again in September.
Just for reference
Diabetes Canada (formerly the Canadian Diabetes Association) suggests the following A1c and blood glucose ranges as a general guide.
- Most adults (non-pregnant)
- A1c: 7.0% or less
- Blood glucose:
- Fasting and before meals: 4.0 to 7.0 millimoles per litre (mmol/L)
- 2 hours after meals: 5.0 to 10.0 mmol/L or 5.0 to 8.0 mmol/L if A1c targets are not being met
I have been eating all of the fruit, oatmeal and good healthy carbs (that most of the medical diabetic community tells us is bad for those with diabetes) But I have also been keeping fat low and each time I have tested my blood it has been within range.
I feel like so much of what is out there for the diabetic community is a scam. They keep the diabetics in “maintenance mode” not really getting any better but not getting any worse off with potentially harmful medications and harmful diets such as low carb and high fat. It has been scientifically proven that many of the diabetic medications out there have damaging effects on the liver and the heart.
Monday Weigh in – End of Week One
I weighed in today at 242 pounds. That’s 8 pounds down in week 1. Onto week two! I am so happy with the progress and going to keep going.
Cheers to week two!
I have more photos to include in the next post but for now I will leave you with this one.