I have so many thoughts rolling around in my brain as I try to create a blog post this morning. Possible titles/topics for this post included:
Why I Don't Eat Oil
Vegan vs. Whole Foods Plant Based (there is a HUGE difference)
Sugar, Alcohol, and Inflammation
Progress, Not Perfection
All of these topics are floating in my head because my diet has not been perfect since our big move to Memphis. And that's OK for now. I am not going to beat myself up and you shouldn't either when your diet is less than perfect. We need to love ourselves through it and get back on track.
The big difference between my relationship with food and diet now and what it was in the not so distant past is that I KNOW what is the best diet in the world for me. I KNOW that a low fat, no oil, whole foods plant based diet is what makes me feel best and allows me to achieve and maintain a trim healthy weight that makes me happy.
That being said, I do make mistakes and get off track like everyone else. We have moved our entire household from Midland, Michigan to Memphis, Tennessee. My husband Simon quit his job after 20 years and is four days into a brand new job with a much smaller and different chemical company. The moving truck arrived this past Thursday. We intentionally downsized from a 3400 square foot house to a 2100 square foot house. We have boxes piled everywhere and need to downsize even more.
AND we have a painting crew in who are only about 1/2 done with plaster repair and painting the entire house. Last night we had to remove every last item from the kitchen so they can work on painting cupboards this week. That makes cooking healthy meals a bit difficult for a few days.
We all have stress in our lives and times that are more tough than others for keeping on the straight and narrow with our diets. I must admit I am not on the straight and narrow at the moment. AND THAT'S OK. Too many vegan get togethers (vegan does not equal healthy, there are usually plenty of oily, sugary, processed foods included), too many restaurant meals. It's great that we have tons of restaurants on our doorstep that offer delicious vegan options, but very few healthy vegan options. Restaurant food is never as healthy as home cooked.
The beauty of all of this chaos is that I KNOW exactly how to get the extra 5-10 pounds off and maintain it when our lives are a bit less chaotic. I will get right back to my whole foods plant based diet and cook up a storm just as soon as we have our kitchen back. I now know what works and that is a wonderful reassurance. I also love myself and no longer beat myself up for mistakes or not reaching some unattainable idea of perfection. It just doesn't help anything to be self-critical and unloving.
So, onward and upward. The chaos continues. We will make as many health promoting meals as possible and get right back on track when the contractors leave. I was going to share all of the evidence and science behind why we need to eliminate oils and limit sugar and alcohol. In the end, I decided to just share my story and empathize with people doing their best in times of stress.
Hopefully this will help and encourage others. I will be back to sharing the latest in plant based nutrition science, recipes, and more emotional support on a regular basis as we get a bit more settled. We are definitely loving our life change and new home in Memphis. It is starting to feel like home already.