For the past two weeks, I have been learning about, and moving towards adopting a plant based diet. At first I was in a state of information overload. It seemed like there was too much information and some of it conflicted others. I think each Doctor who promotes this lifestyle has his or her unique biases. Some of them are not clear about why they have the bias, others are. Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn states clearly that his reason for omitting nuts and avocados is that he believes that if he said nuts were okay, that soon people would have a bowl of nuts in every room of the house and they would be soon consuming as much oil as a vegan who uses olive oil on everything.
The reason Dr. Esselstyn is so strict about olive oil, and nuts, is that it takes very little of these in the diet before the risk of heart attacks start to rise. There is an immense amount of information pointing to a low fat plant based diet being the answer to preventing, or even turning around, cancer and heart disease and others of the top 10 killers.
I think he is right. I first started trying the plant based diet three weeks ago and after being told I can eat as much as I want as long as I do not add oil, or refined sugar and that by doing so, I would lose weight. Well, no so. I have not lost a pound.
Then I listened to Chef A.J. speak about her experience with going plant based. She was not losing – until she removed nuts from her diet. Once she adopted a starch based vegan diet without added oil, she lost weight without even trying. In fact, she did it to prove that it wouldn’t work – but she had to eat her words when she lost more than 20 lbs in just six weeks.
A Fresh Start
Hearing this resonated with me. When I went vegan a few years ago, I didn’t lose weight unless I counted calories and looking back definitely it was olive oil, coconut oil and nuts that were the culprits.
For this reason I am going to start my 100 day plant based challenge over and I am going to eliminate nuts and keep avocado out of my diet too. Avocado is one of those foods I can scarf down with reckless abandon.
As a way of keeping myself focused, I intend to keep track of the recipes that I cook and the food I consume. You will be seeing less of me soon.