Hello everyone.  It has been quite a long time since I last posted on this blog.  Since my last post, I’ve undergone two surgeries and the associated recovery periods.  Most of last year I’ve been focused on rebuilding my business and getting back into the rhythm of things.  During all of these events, I must admit that I fell off the weight-loss wagon so to speak.   I went back to eating dairy, poultry and fish (I haven’t ate red meat or pork for over 30 years), and I also continued to eat desserts.  It was in moderation of course, but the end result was I did not loose much weight during this time.  The good news is that I didn’t gain too much either.

On March 8th I made a decision that seems right for my body.  I decided to transition to a vegan diet.  Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not bashing people who eat meat.  But for me, I’ve noticed that my body doesn’t metabolize animal based foods well.

About four years ago I decided to try a raw vegan diet and I must admit, I had more energy and felt great.  Then I started traveling for work and was gone 3 weeks out of each month.  I started eating at restaurants and went back to eating poultry, dairy and fish in addition the fruits and veggies.  It’s much easier to order chicken or fish sandwich then a veggie plate when you’re on the run.   Everyone who was around me, felt that I ate healthy.  And based upon what you read in the papers and magazines, I was eating “healthy”.  However, for my body, it was not the best I could do.

So in the past 15 days my diet has been about 90% vegan and my body is responding well.  I’ve been eating about 50% raw fruits, veggies and salads and I plan to increase the percentage  to 70%.   I start out each day with a green smoothie.  For those of you who’ve never heard of a green smoothie; it is basically fresh or frozen fruit mixed with organic spinach and liquid that can be water, juice or almond milk.   I have greatly reduced my intake of refined sugar foods as well.  I’ve lost 7 pounds over the past two weeks.

I’m interested in hearing if any of you are vegan or eat a raw food diet.  I’m also interested in hearing from those who eat a more traditional diet but are achieving weight loss success.  I definitely feel that the success of your diet (and I mean that in the generic sense of the word) depends upon your body chemistry and makeup, and that biochemistry impacts the way that you metabolize food.

I hope you are still out there, and if you are, please give me a shout out.

And, feel free to share your recipes.  We’re in this together

Lori

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