I'll admit, during my birthday I probably cheated. I say probably because I don't know for sure that I did. I ate at a wonderful vegan restaurant but I didn't say everything had to be oil free as I usually do. I didn't go out and have a big steak and fries either. If the food had oil in it, I was OK for that day. My thinking is, don't even allow the option of cheating into your thoughts until you reach whatever goal you are trying to achieve. Once there, you will be able to adjust your eating to your lifestyle, though I think the habit of eating this way and the extra energy and pep in your step will forever change the way you view food.
I guess I have to ask the question "why do we wait for something dramatic and life changing to do something good for ourselves". The fact that you read this blog tells me that you're already questioning the way you ate up to this point. Don't you want the future to be more about living your life rather than re-gaining your health after a crisis? People want to do things to keep their brain more active, I say do this plant based food program. If you think it's difficult, use your brain to transform the foods you already know how to cook into foods that you know are good for you....it's not that hard.
If you had been able to eat the food that I made for Thanksgiving, didn't know I made it, didn't know it was oilfree plant based and vegan, you would never have thought twice about it. From the turkey to the gravy, it was delicious.
I hear a lot of great success stories as well. One person told me he didn't realize that he was allergic to dairy until he cut it completely out of his diet. Another said his diabetic numbers haven't been this good in years. A couple of women that have lost 20 or more pounds told me once they got in the groove of the program they sit back and watch the weigh poor off of them. Blood pressure is down, cholesterol numbers have not been this low for years, I can finally get rid of my fat pants, these are all things people have told me and thanked me for pointing them in this direction.
Be repetitive. If you find something you love to eat, eat it often. I was going to Subway for their Veggie sandwich (see the eating out tab above) 2 and 3 times a week. I eat oatmeal almost every day. It doesn't become monotonous if you like it and don't feel like thinking of something else to have. Find a few things you like and make them well and often. The Engine 2 avocado pasta in the recipe tab is wonderful and easy. Ask me for ideas, I'll get back before your next meal. Most of all, enjoy your new-found health....you'll never look back once the mirror looking back at you changes.