What? Me a Vegan?

Well perhaps! 

Many of us like to say we struggle with our weight.  But if we look a bit deeper, most of us who feel we fall into that category really struggle with discipline at the dinner table.

Believe it or not, food is an addiction… especially in America where we have access to so much.  I’m not trying to give you an enormous amount of detail here because the information is easily obtained.  But between processed foods, sugars, salts, and fillers our bodies become hooked on what’s easily available.

As I get older, I have become very much in-tuned with my body.  At present I weigh more than I’d like, but to most people I look just fine.  If I fast for instance and someone at work gets wind of it because of my lemonade mix via The Master’s Cleanse, they quip “Why are you on a fast?  It not to lose weight is it?”  For me it’s not merely about the look but rather about the feel.  I know when my system is running at it’s optimum level.  I know the weight that I feel the most energetic and productive.  I know exactly how my clothes should fit.   I know when I am sluggish and not quick and sharp.   

It’s not very difficult for me to reach a comfortable weight.  It’s just a matter of me being disciplined for a couple weeks to do whatever program I choose.  I am stubborn enough to train my body and say no to it’s food lust when I get to that place mentally.  My problem is that eventually I get back to those same habits that put me in a place I’m not comfortable with. So I am thinking of changing the game up and perhaps becoming a vegetarian or a vegan.  I hear that vegan is better.  

A lifestyle change in food can be challenging.  Most restaurants for instance don’t have many vegan options.  And let’s face it, I love having a Steak n’ Shake double cheese on sourdough every now and then.  And when I go to LA to see my mom, am I really ready NOT to have a Double Double from In-N-Out Burger?  FOREVER?

Well yea it may have to be like that.  I don’t know.  Do I go vegan with moderation meaning I can have a Double Double  once or twice a year, or never?  One thing is for sure.  I want a change and I must change my food choices.  

Experience has taught me that you just can’t jump into a lifestyle change overnight.  One has to have a plan.  Part of that plan is knowing what choices are out there for the vegan.  Where can the food be purchased?  What kinds of foods are mobile and can be taken to work or for snacks?  How do you prepare foods so that they can satisfy the taste buds?  How do you deal with cravings if you get down emotionally and desire “comfort” foods?  Answering these questions first will help me sustain for the long haul. 

So here is the plan.  I am going to research this vegan thing.  See if I make a plan of action.  In the meantime, if there are any vegans reading this post, I invite you to give me some tips or offer some sights I can look at.  As I acknowledge my own set of food addictions, I know myself enough to know that I ready for a permanent change.  I am also wise enough to ask for help and not attempt to do this on sheer will alone.  I need wisdom, the benefit of someones experience, an encouraging place to go, and dammit some great food choices that taste as good if not better than the shrimp chimichanga  Las Fuentes Mexican Restaurant. 

If you got love and knowledge – get at me! 

4 thoughts on “What? Me a Vegan?

  1. Alan says:

    I’m of the firm opinion that if you’re not disciplined in terms of your health regimen and in life. Then in some respects you are what you eat and vice versa.

    People are far too often also that you can eat and barely exercise. In order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. In reality nothing could be further from the truth. A model regimen of exercise goes a hell of a long way in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and body. What it comes down to is nothing more than laziness on the part of many. And also the fact that parents are now looking to absolve themselves as to their responsibilties of enbabling their kids to lead a healthy lifestyle by eating right and also exercising as well.

    Alan ………….

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  3. Thomas Scott says:

    Hi there! (Sorry not sure of your name because I don’t see it on this page anywhere :P)

    I think it’s awesome that you’re checking into veganism/vegetarianism… I went vegan about 5 or 6 years ago and haven’t looked back!

    I think there’s a lot of info out there, though it can be confusing as far as what to follow and where to start… To start with, I definitely think taking action is more important than knowing exactly what to do first.

    I’m actually writing a book with my wife on the subject of becoming vegetarian (including veganism), for people in your exact position: someone who is interested in becoming healthier, but doesn’t know where to start. I wish we were done so I could shamelessly promote it to you, but alas! We’re still writing it (we expect to be done over the next little while).

    For now I guess I would just re-iterate: Taking action is the most important thing. Take a look around and do what seems easiest and exciting to you. Then give it a try!

    Best of luck 🙂


  4. Wilson says:

    To be or not to be vegan is certainly a very important question to ask. Personally,I do like meat, but I do not require it in every meal. When I do eat meat, I purchase either Amish chickens, red meat from a local bison or cattle farm or fresh fish. My cost averages to be less than purchasing meats in the local grocery. Eating smart and healthy is paramount in the development of our bodies as we age. Eat less fatty foods, eat small meals more often, eat smart and exercise. Don’t starve the body and flay-off the diet pills! I wish you well with your research and the decision you make.

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