A couple weeks ago (after a trip to Costco during which we stocked up on meat, fish and chicken….), we decided to try a whole foods plant based lifestyle. I’m not going to say WFPB “diet” because we aren’t doing it to lose weight and I don’t want to send the message that that is why we are doing it.
So WHY are we doing it?
We just thought it might be better for our health. We just recently got to spend 8 luxurious weeks off of work, where we probably indulged in too much food and we just weren’t feeling like ourselves. Then, the producers of a healthy documentary reached out to me and allowed us to preview their yet to be released doc called “Eating You Alive.” (More on the documentary in a later post).
We, of course, agreed to watch and review it and even have an interview with the producers coming out in a few weeks. Well, we watched it and were fascinated. We liked the science behind their arguments for a WFPB lifestyle, and figured we should try it, just to see if we felt any different. We’re always looking for ways to feel even better than we do now. It made sense that we try this lifestyle, also because we hadn’t made any major changes to our nutrition in a long time, other than the occasional clean up here and there.
So, we committed to be WFPB through the end of March! We are two weeks in and I wanted to give you all an update.
In general, it isn’t that hard!
And it isn’t that different than what we were eating before. We did a little Googling and found some basic grocery lists and meal plans. We picked out foods we liked and Mario did a major shopping spree one day while I was at work. It was fun to look for some foods that we had never tried before, or never felt the need to because we were fine with what we were used to.
So far, we are actually loving what we are eating. We love grilled veggies, so we do a lot of that. We do a lot of rice, beans, Ezekial Breads/wraps, and have even fit in a few plant based desserts!
Now… the first couple of days, I have to admit, I was STARVING! I think I was just being too restrictive on what I thought I was allowed to eat. I was doing primarily raw veggies because I didn’t want to use oil to grill the veggies (we now use a little bit of vegetable stock and coconut aminos), but we figured that out and now we are grilling veggies a few times a week and creating stir fry meals, veggie wraps, and tons of salads.
We are also using a few plant based protein powders (like this and this and this), more just for ease and convenience, as I’m not sure they are needed on PB nutrition plan, but reducing meal prep where we can is just quicker and easier for us.
So far, I am absolutely loaded with energy! I feel less bloated and slimmer overall, although I haven’t gotten on the scale. If I’ve lost weight, I’m sure it will even out, as now that we are getting more comfortable, I’m sure my calories will be increasing.
Workouts have been great. No loss of strength and not feeling fatigue.
Even with a decrease in protein intake, I still have my muscles 😉 I didn’t think I would lose those right away, but I’m definitely keeping an eye on it. This is a crucial part of the experiment for me. I have worked hard to build muscle, following all the recommendations on how much protein I should be eating, so we will see if that is true for me after a few months.
Sleep—been SOOOOOOO good! IDK what it is, but I am falling asleep easily and waking up and feeling good.
I will say I have been hungry. Not uncomfortable hungry, but sometimes, I eat, and then I am hungry right after LOL. I try to just drink water and see if that makes it go away. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn’t. I think thus far, my fat intake has also been decreased, but I think if I increase that (woot, more avocado!!) I will feel fine.
Cravings for non-WFPB foods – none really. Had a slight feeling of regret when I saw some mac and cheese one day at the store, but I walked away and got over it. Seriously, all I’m craving right now is the fajita style veggies I cooked up last night! Can’t wait to eat them again tonight!
Another positive side effect is that we have actually spent less money on food! Beans, rice and veggies are pretty cheap LOL. And it is cheaper to not add chicken to everything or to get double meat!
We are still early in the whole process and we haven’t had any temptations like parties, or visitors in town or anything, so it is smooth sailing now. But, we’ll see what happens when we do come across those things. I know, if that is our biggest care in life, then life is pretty damn good!!
With that, I can’t say that this is the be all and end all of nutrition. For now it is just something we are giving a whirl so we can see if the positive results we are seeing right now continue or if they change. We’ll be sharing more on all of our social media accounts about how it is going, so feel free to follow us there! I’ll also tag some great resources there!
I’m sending out a few examples of what we are eating to my email list next week! If you want in on that action, you can go here and sign up to receive our emails.