Engine 2, are you reading me?

One month ago I asked a friend to help with a new food plan. I knew they ate plant based whole foods and no added fat, and I wanted to try it. 

I mean, I have tried everything else, why not?

My friend pointed me to the greats in plant based world: McDougall, Esselstyne.

Once again I started reading, learning, planning.

I bought vegetable and whole grains. I bought potatoes, sweet potatoes, squash, beans, bread.

I did not buy meat or dairy or any healthy oil. I bought vegetable broth for cooking, parchment paper for roasting.

I carmelized onions, roasted asparagus, steamed broccoli, sauted greens, baked potatoes, pressure cooked beans, boiled oatmeal, made rice and toasted tortillas.

The first week I was still using oil for some things. Still having some added sugar. I pretty sure I ate more potatoes in one week than I have in the last 10 years. Certainly more beans. 

I can’t say the cravings were pleasant and withdrawal came slowly since I was still eating some day and sugar.

Made it through week two and lost a pound both weeks.

I was doing a lot of planning, shoppoinf, prepping and cooking on the weekends.

Week three I did no weekend prep and went to hell in a handbag.

I ate junkatarian style. Mostly vegetarian, but lots of fat and sugar. I didn’t gain, but I didn’t lose.

Week four I learn about the Engine 2 Rescue Challenge. Engine2.com

I started Saturday (two days early) since I was doing all the prep and cooking it made sense to eat the same foods I was planning to eat all week.

I get hungry – real hunger, not head hunger – and then I eat. Three meals a day. Snacking on fresh fruit. No smoothies, no juicing ( though I might do a weekend juice cleanse next month…)

I am also trying to do more exercise, so I am tired and a little achy. 

I spent the previous six months sitting around and gaining weight and losing muscle, beating myself up.

This feels better.

Of course, my long suffering husband and son are SO excited. 

Not.

Here we go again. Another one of Mom’s fad diets. She’s on her soap box again. Criticizing us for the cheese and the meat and the added oil. 

Frustration is high.

I get it. I really do. And maybe I won’t stick to this any more than I stuck to Atkins or Paleo or whatever I did last time. 

But maybe I will.

I have to keep trying. I won’t go easy back into that great fatness.

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