Thursday, September 27, 2007

Still Going Strong!

Despite not being 100% raw yet, I'm continuing to lose weight and so far I am feeling quite healthy. I have become more accustomed to grains and beans and now I combine quinoa with lentils and vegetables for one meal daily. Breakfast is usually fruit. I often have an ounce of almonds as a snack or even with my breakfast, but I'm reconsidering continuing that since they add a lot of calories but only a few grams of protein. I can honestly say I don't miss dairy as much as I thought I would.

Speaking of protein, I've been getting between only 40 and 60 grams daily with this new McDougall-influenced way of eating. Since I have been aiming for 60 - 80, I'm not entirely happy. However, I'll keep plugging away and trying new foods over the next few weeks. The bulk of my protein comes from lentils. Combined with a grain and vegetables I can get a complete protein- this is where nutritiondata.com comes in handy; I use the recipe analyzer to see if my food combinations give me the nutrition I'm looking for.

Today my nutritionist weighed and measured me. I have lost about 29 lbs, and 54 inches total since early June. Although it's nice to see my clothes get looser, I don't get excited about the weight loss too much. When I lose 50 lbs I might get excited again. However, I was happy with my blood pressure of 110/80.

My goal is still to lose 50 lbs before the end of the year. To that end I started some light weight training about a month ago using a 10-lb free weight. I need to start the cardio again but haven't been motivated enough. Now that the weather is nice I want to start walking outdoors. I've also still got that VitaMix in my sights, and I'm even more motivated to use it since hearing Victoria Boutenko talk about green smoothies. I've tried green smoothies and can't say I like them, but I know they are good for me and will help me on my road to an all-raw or high-raw diet.

2 comments:

Kristen's Raw said...

Congrats on EVERYTHING you are doing. You're an inspiration for taking charge of your health and your life.

Green smoothies should be really tasty....I'd recommend adding more fruit. Your tastes will likely change after you've been drinking them for a short while, and you'll find yourself adding more greens. But until that happens, add some more fruit :)

I have some Easy Raw Vegan recipes on my blog you might like. Come on over for a visit :)
Cheers!

Kristen Suzanne
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Debra said...

I LOVE your site. I have lost about 25 pounds being mainly raw since June too. I want to lose 50 more pounds myself. I told my daughter I should make a video of my journey. We were at the rawspirit fest. I'm Debbie and I was with my daughter Mary.

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