I had been on my diet since September last year and found it motivating to watch TV programmes and documentaries on diets, food and weight loss in general. I stumbled across a movie called Cowspiracy on Netflix and found it eye-opening. It was the environmental aspect that got me thinking. In particular, livestock covers 45% of the earth's land. 45%. Yet people are starving. cowspiracy.com/facts/
I was also horrified to see what our over-fishing is doing to the oceans. At the rate we are going, we could see fishless oceans by 2048!
But the saddest thing to me was when I discovered that 82% of children live in countries where food is fed to animals, which are then consumed by us in the west. To me this is totally immoral.
All over Christmas last year, these facts and figures were going around my head. How I was successfully losing weight at the time, was easy, I was eating lean meats/fish with lots of vegetables - and it was working. I didn't want to scupper that, did I?
I was staying with my son for the festive period and he had been a vegan for a while and suggested I read the book "The Starch Solution" by Dr John McDougall. This convinced me that if I went vegan, I wouldn't suffer any consequences and that I may even get much healthier and reduce my risk of many diseases. amazon.co.uk/d/Books/Starch...
So, not feeling totally convinced, but determined to give it a try, I decided on the 29th December last year to go vegan. I was worried that all that starch would stop my weight loss and that I might even gain weight.
What happened was the opposite! In my first month as a vegan, I lost 12.5lbs. I think that was partly my body getting used to the huge amount of fibre I was now consuming! My body quickly adjusted and the weight loss got back to it's normal 8 or 9lbs loss per month as my stomach settled down. The amazing thing was that I felt so satisfied and I totally loved my food - I still do!
A year later, I have lost almost all of my excess weight (total = 8.5stone), I still have a few more pounds to lose to get to goal, but I am nearly there. My body has been able to build muscle and I am the healthiest I have been for decades. I take a vegan supplement to make sure I get my vitamin B12, but apart from that, my diet meets all my needs and no more animals are being hurt just to feed me - or clothe me.
So, if anyone is still reading after all this ramble and if you are interested in giving it a go yourself. January is a great time to try it as there are others doing Veganuary and there is support online here: veganuary.com/
And, yeah, I get enough protein, thanks!