I went vegan almost a year ago. I chose to become vegan not only because of the health benefits, but more, because I couldn't stand to eat food that caused so much pain, suffering. and destruction in the world to animals, humans and our earth. I had certainly heard that veganism causes folks to lose weight, and even though I'm not over-weight, I figured a few less pounds would be a great benefit. A few months into my vegan life and much to my dismay, I was not losing any weight. Quite the contrary, I was gaining. Despite my regular exercise and excellent new diet, the scale was tipping in a scary direction!
I searched my daily foods for the culprit. Could it be the nuts? Maybe too many nuts? But that was NUTS! I was very careful about my intake. Could it be the fats? You know, those fats that aren't supposed to make you fat? Avocados, olive oil, NUTS?! Maybe it was the soy! I've heard some not so great things about soy lately. I cut out the soy. But my biggest problem was yet to be uncovered. One thing I had noticed was that I was hungry ALL THE TIME! Here I was, eating good, organic, whole foods, no meat, dairy, or eggs, and I was hefting up.
Then, I started really looking at what I was eating. I mean, really taking a good, honest look. I did a little research and started seeing tons of articles talking about coffee and sugar. Hmmm, thought I. And then, I dismissed it. I love my coffee! I love my vegan dark chocolate! I love trying new sweet vegan cookie recipes! I've given up so many things! Not those, too! Sigh...
So, about a month ago, I did it. I went off sugar and caffeine. I did it slowly, but by week 2, I could feel the difference. I drank lots of water with lemon, and decreased my caffeine intake a little every day. I went of sugar and anything processed (though there wasn't much of that in my diet to begin with) cold turkey. Today, I'm completely clean.
And guess what? I'm not hungry anymore. No longer do I feel the spikes and dives of my sugar and caffeine levels. No more crashes driving me into my fridge for a quick fix, and usually too much of that fix because I would be famished. My weight is starting to shift as well.