How I lost 25 pounds naturally is not something that I was going to write about since it’s not my main focus on this blog, which is decorating. I post the occasional recipe, but have been asked by my Facebook friends to post more. When I share something I’ve been cooking on Instagram stories I get questions galore! I shared a photo of how I look now on social media and had hundreds of comments about my weight loss. It’s not that I looked bad before, since most of that was post menopausal belly fat. You know…the kind that you can wear a loose shirt with and no one notices. However, I finally wanted to shed it and forget it!
Before I go any further I want to say that I am not a medical expert by any means. I’m going to share what has been working for me, based on some months of studying those experts and trial and error. This is a lifestyle that I’ve chosen for myself and would never tell you that you should do the same. This post is a tad long, so if you’re not interested feel free to click off 😉
How I Lost 25 Pounds Naturally
My daughter took this photo of me a few days ago with her phone. I don’t have a good before photo of my “how I lost 25 pounds” to share, but trust me that it’s noticeable! Excuse the baggy stained work clothes. Clearly I need to treat myself to some new ones!
So growing up I was a tomboy who loved sports and a real string bean. So much so that kids I played with made fun of my skinny legs 😩 When I first met my husband I weighed in at a mere 119 lbs and was still very thin even after birthing 2 kids. Of course I didn’t think so at the time, but looking back it’s obvious! 😂
Then menopause hit in my 50’s and that seemed to change everything. Some for the better (who wants to have a period!) other aspects not. I have always been active and used to play tennis almost daily at the time. I’ve always worked out. That did help.
Next chapter in life I found myself writing this blog. Blogging is a lot of work and to make a living at it as I do takes years of time and deep commitment. This is my 15th year of blogging! It’s more than a 9-5 office job, but the sitting aspect is the same, since you’re on the computer. The pandemic didn’t help matters in terms of sitting. Yet it gave me more time to think about my course in life going forward. I did not want to age badly and I certainly did not want to take medication that so far I’ve been able to avoid. Those were catalysts in my “how I lost 25 pounds” journey for sure!
The Initial Change
My husband and I had been thinking of going vegetarian right around the time that the pandemic hit. Again, this is a personal choice and you have to do what’s right for you only. We felt sluggish and bloated after eating protein based meals, especially me. Even seafood was affecting me and would sometimes result in a migraine. Yet my doctors always told me that I needed protein like chicken and fish to thrive on and to lose weight. Does this sound familiar to you at all?
Secondly we have a deep love of animals and it really started to bother us that we were consuming them. If you want to see something eye opening and distressing, watch the movie Forks Over Knives.
So when the lockdown started it sealed the deal for us to commit wholeheartedly to a vegetarian diet. It wouldn’t be an issue for me at all, since I never can get enough vegetables and salads! I could do without eating meat easily and find other ways like beans, soy and tofu to get my protein. Plants, yes! My husband though had a bit of a harder time giving up cheese and yogurt, also eggs. I had no idea if I’d lose weight but I hoped so. He, on the hand is quite thin and has a high speed metabolism…so losing weight was not an option or a goal for him. We needed to strike a balance and I began to do all of our cooking, since we couldn’t go out anyway. But I lost 25 pounds not necessarily from adopting a vegetarian diet.
What Vegetarian Means
When you are vegetarian, obviously you do not eat animals. You can eat animal byproducts such a cheese, ice cream, milk and eggs. There is also lots and lots of vegetarian “junk food” out there in the stores. We often look at junk food as being things like donuts, chips, Oreos and yes…Oreos are vegetarian! But these days there are oodles of processed foods that are not only vegetarian but vegan. Things like Beyond Meat, Chik’n, Violife Cheeze, processed vegan pastas, pizzas and basically anything that is not a WHOLE plant but a bunch of things combined. Guilty as charged on eating some of these things! 🙈
But it’s okay, because I was trying to find my way and experimenting while learning more. I went on for some months cooking this way and while I was walking 5 miles almost every single day I had only lost a few pounds.
My Apple Watch was a game changer in keeping me accountable for my daily exercise and steps! This is a typical week’s work…
Back to the drawing board and researching what I needed to do to shed some more belly fat.
What Vegan Means And Adopting A Healthy Vegan Diet
The first thing that I did was to adopt a whole food, plant based diet. The name is pretty self explanatory and can include vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, beans, legumes, whole grains and oils. It wasn’t difficult to do, as these are all foods that my husband and I enjoy! I moved more of my online grocery shopping to Whole Foods delivery and found a local bakery that delivers fresh sourdough organic bread. My meal planning took on a whole new level and I began to feel like a short order cook, on duty all day long!
I purchased several appliances that I’ve come to find absolutely essential to this new lifestyle. You may need these in your life…linked below.
- Large Breville Counter Oven/Air Fryer/Toaster – I NEVER use my big oven anymore and LOVE THIS (worth the price!!)
- Instant Pot – Daily use for soups, potatoes, rice…you NEED an Instant Pot in your life.
- Vitamix High Speed Blender – Essential & I use it daily for sauces, smoothies, and homemade “ice cream”
- Presto FlipSide Waffle Maker – For the BEST vegan waffles and also hash brown cooker!
- Hamilton Beach 10 Cup Food Processor – This one has a scraping mechanism inside and the price is under $45!
I STILL WASN’T LOSING THE WEIGHT THAT I WANTED TO LOSE!
Being a post menopausal woman, I figured that this would be more of a challenge than the cute girls I see on YouTube. It’s just not the same! When I see them say that they lost 40 lbs in 3 months and you can too I cringe! Without those hormones, it will be slower. You need to exercise every day. And this is where my breakthrough finally came through…
Two Things – How I FINALLY Lost 25 Pounds!
1. Intermittent Fasting
A friend of mine told me about all the weight that she was losing with intermittent fasting. Initially I thought “NOOOO, I love to eat and can’t starve myself and fast!” After a brief explanation she suggested that I purchase Jason Fung’s book – The Obesity Code . Get this book…it explains the science of eating in shorter windows of time and it’s what started my weight loss journey. He’s on YouTube (a bit dry to watch), but you’ll need to read the book in my opinion.
The Starch Solution
It’s a game changer and a book that I highly recommend getting if you are looking to shed some pounds too. We’ve been told for so many years that we should avoid carbs. Ditch the bread and potatoes, but this book will explain better than I can that it’s not true! The thing with dieting is that all of these plans can set you up to fail long term. I tried Atkins (back in the day – felt awful!), Weight Watchers (good, but who wants to count points!), and others. I truly feel that a whole foods, plant based diet with minimal processed foods and no oil is key.
On The Starch Solution you eat a 50/50 plate of a simple starch of your choice and whatever non starchy vegetables you like. It’s based on calorie density, as in how many calories are in a given weight of food. Foods that are low in calorie density tend to be higher in satiety, so you feel full after consuming them. You can fill up on fewer calories (without having to go hungry) and without having to weigh, measure or portion control your meals. This is how I lost 25 pounds on a vegan diet and although it’s coming off much slower now I’m still losing weight! I’d like to lose another 10 lbs if possible, but I’m not very large…so we will have to see.
ANYTHING WORTHWHILE TAKES COMMITMENT & HARD WORK!
2. The Starch Solution – What I Typically Eat In A Day
Now of course I don’t eat all of these foods every day 🤣, but I thought I’d share some photos of the incredible variety of my meals! I’ve heard it said that a vegan diet is boring and this proves that it is not!
I’ll be sharing some recipes as time permits, while still keeping the main focus of this blog decorating. I try and keep the cooking simple, and have been testing each one multiple times. Down below I will link some great sources besides Dr. McDougall on YouTube. Be sure to scroll all the way down for that and leave a comment. Let me know your thoughts and if you have any questions!
I feel amazing…better than I have in many years! My migraines are completely gone, inflammation is almost non-existent and allergies are so much better. Digestion issues have pretty much disappeared and I had big issues with this in the past. Also have loads of energy and sleep well too. I feel that all of this is a direct result of eating a vegan diet.
Do I Take Supplements?
Yes, a few and linking them below with sources:
Some Vegan Sites That You Might Find Helpful:
As I mentioned, I am not a nutritionist or medical expert in any way and am sharing what works for me. I still tweak things with my diet and you’ll need to see what works for you. We are all so different, but a whole foods plant based lifestyle is amazing!
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