What about if it wouldn’t be about the weight loss but more about just being healthy and happy and friendly to our bodies?
Sometimes people get confused in the jungle of “healthy” eating and within concepts of diets, which promise a fast weight loss. Everyone of us has at least tried one of them. May it be, no carbs, size zero, rawtill4, weight watchers, high carb low fat, high fat low carb, protein based diet, and all the other I forgot. I am not questioning these form of diets, and they might work for people. However, in my opinion everyone has to figure out what is right for him. It might take a while, until we found our place where we are happy and we start to listen to our bodies. Don’t stress yourself, if you are not at this point right now. I had 8 years to find it :) It is ok to try different things, also to fail!
Remember that saying: “Stop searching, and you’ll find it”? Sometimes my journey reminds me a lot of this saying. The more I tried to eat perfect, or to control my sport activities, the less output I got. Then I started to focus on the journey more than on the actual goal. To be honest I got rid of every goal and just focussed on the moment. Your body will learn to crave fruits and healthy veggies and carbs. I learned that I love to have smoothies after my trainings, no matter how many fruit sugar or carbs they contain. Sometimes I eat Pasta for lunch and then sweet potatoes for dinner. Further I’ll have dessert everyday! Not a Snickers or Maltesers, but I love protein bars from Squarebar, dark chocolate or homemade sweets. While you might expect that I gained weight, the opposite happened. The first month after going vegan I did not weight myself. Actually, I threw that machine that spits outs a number away. My weight might have fluctuated but after weighing in after some month I lost 1 pound. Besides of feeling happy on a 24/h basis, having a high level of energy during the day and eating whatever I wanted, my body started to change. I don’t care about numbers cause the feeling I have is more important than any number ever could be. (Except my birthday date, cause then I’ll have cake)
It is hard to describe my eating routine, but I could name it balanced vegan lifestyle with the freedom to be imperfect.When I feel like having chocolate, I’ll have chocolate. And if it happens the next day, I’ll have it again. (I am not speaking about having a piece of dark chocolate, cause that is like having a tin small 1/16 of a tomato. No ONE would do that, right?!) Further, I am lucky enough to have a great family and great friends. They are not vegan. Whenever we cook or eat together, we try to eat as vegan as possible. Of course this is not always possible, and I eat a cake with eggs or just normal sugar from time to time. Cause I think it is just not the moment to ask for the ingredients , when your grandma is making you a cake. This is my way and my opinion about it :)
Of course I am still working out and try to move my body as often as possible. A good thing is always to love different kinds of activities. I love Yoga, Gym, Tennis, Volleyball, Dancing, Walking, Surfing and many more. You can basically do whatever you like, just move that body. Positive effect: Better digestion, happy, more energy, positive mindset, better skin :)
I am curious about your experience and would love to hear your opinion!