Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Piggy No More

When I got married 10 years ago to my carnivorous husband, I had been a vegetarian for 3 years. I watched some documentary about meat processing while sitting idly on the couch eating a Wendy's chicken sandwich. I spit it out (phooey), and didn't eat meat again (at least for a time.) I won't gross you out with the details lest you find me judgmental or a doom sayer, but believe me, you'd put down your spicy chicken sandwich too. I originally made the choice to be a vegetarian for conscience sake, and for the sake of brown eyed, furry, feathered creatures that deserve dignity just as much as we do. That was until I had to blend into my soon to be new family where my mother in law's mantra is, "You NEED your protein." So I caved, and sat down to my first non-vegetarian meal: A huge plate of Italian sausage and pasta.

In the meantime, I had a whole lot of emotional garbage to deal with over the last few years, and threw all eating food in moderation to the wind and gorged on just about anything I could get my hands on. Pop Tarts anyone? There's no question how I got here, that is how I gained 30 pounds in 6 months and kept it on for 2 miserable years. We all have reasons we overeat. We eat out of boredom, pain, or even entitlement. We give no regard to what it is we are actually eating, and that is why so many of us are overweight, and suffering miserably from poor health and low self-esteem (myself included). I have lots of excuses, but who really cares about that? I'm a piggy. I ate too much. Serious bummer.

So, what am I going to do about it? After seeing the movie Food Inc. and reading several books on food sources in America, I am rekindling all the reasons I made the choice to not eat meat years ago. Since then reading books like Food Revolution and The China Study have also informed me of the many benefits of refraining from dairy and eggs as well. The bonus about choosing healthier non-animal foods is that weight loss will most surely follow, not to mention a reduced risk of cancer and heart disease. Given the information out there on the nastiness in our foods, I thought it was high time I started paying attention to what in the world I was eating. In other words, I've gone Vegan. I promise to tell you if I slip on a piece of gourmet cheese, but I'm going to do my best. God help me when I tell my in-laws!  Here I will share with you my successes and failures, and hope that you too will join me in this experiment. To shedding piggy pounds!