I am continually surprised by this challenge.
Before starting the Thrive diet I rarely experienced that wonderful and apparently elusive feeling of fullness (the good kind) after eating. Now it just happens all the time.
I’m also eating a lot of food, more than I was before by a long shot, but I’m losing weight. I’ve been concerned with my weight for a very long time so I’ve tried to eat “healthy” and exercise on a regular basis in an effort to lose those few extra pounds and bring myself to a more healthy weight. Over the course of years though my weight has continued to increase little by little; once I was even working out five days a week and cut all my portions in half and saw no changes. However, I’m only a week and a half into Thrive, eating way more food then I’m used to, and I’ve dropped 5lbs. WHAT?!
The idea is to eat lots of foods that are nutrient dense and easy for the body to digest. That way your body doesn’t have to work so hard to extract nutrients. You also end up eating a considerable amount of food so your body doesn’t go into starvation mode (like it might do when you cut your portion sizes back) and start storing food as fat.
That sounds great in theory but to have it happen, and in such a short time, is really cool.
Now, I said I was doing this on a budget but this first week has been slightly discouraging because I’ve spent over $200 on food. BUT like I said before, most of the things I am buying are bulk so they will last me a long time. What I plan on doing then, to get a better idea of how big of a hole this is putting in my bank account, is to price out each meal and figure out what I’m spending per day and per week on food. I have a feeling that it’s not going to be that much. Considering the high nutritional quality of what I’m eating, I very okay with spending a little bit more than normal. This is body I’m in for the next fifty-ish years, so I might as well treat it properly. *I also plan on doing Triathlons when I’m 65+ so being healthy is a must* J
Tomorrow is my “cheat day” and I’m heading to Toronto with some friends. One of them works at Smoke’s Poutinerie so maybe I’ll go indulge myself with a little poutine. I’ve made a few Thrive recipes in advance though because I’m staying there a few days and won’t have the things I need to follow the meal plan, but this little trip could prove to be challenging when it comes to sticking with my Gutsy Yoga Challenge goals. I could always go to Fresh for a vegan meal as well; their food is sooooo good.
I guess that one of the things about being vegan is that it’s hard to do in public, outside of your home. Veganism just doesn’t travel well. I walked into a convenience store the other day and realized that there wasn’t a single thing, other than a bottle of water, that I could consume in the entire store. When you go to most restaurants as well, it’s very unlikely that you will find a vegan friendly meal. Okay maybe the salads, but who wants to eat salad every time they go out?! Kudos to anyone out there who is 100% vegan all the time, but it must be a huge pain to go anywhere. I’d love to know how you do it.