Jude's Fit Blog
I started my transformational journey on January 26th 2019 by starting a plant based eating plan with whole grains. The reason for the shift was a commitment to my long-term health. I had just turned 50 a few months ago. My extended family history is peppered with chronic disease.
The first step was to educate myself. Here is how I got started, having my dinner and lunch on a bed of greens (spinach or kale.) For protein I chose lentils, black beans and chickpeas. For grain as I chose a brown rice and quinoa and as far as most vegetables, I chose to use the frozen vegetables from the supermarket. (0 prep time and all kids of combinations.) I also chose to have sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes to start with. I eliminated all oils from my cooking. I started this for 2 weeks and chose to extend it every 2 weeks for a total or 3 months. I also stopped eating avocados and peanut butter. In short, I stopped eating meat, dairy any foods that were high in oils like avocado and olives and using oil when I cooked. Today is August 26. I am seven months into my eating plan. After the first three months I added nuts, avocado and olives. and I occasionally would drink a glass of wine and might eat small portions of meat.
When I started the program are weighed 142 pounds and I am 5 foot 5 inches. today I weigh 128 pounds which is what I weighed from 18 to 28 years old. I feel fantastic, my allergies no longer exist. I lost the 14 pounds in the first three months and not because I was trying to lose weight, it was a byproduct of my eating plan. To avoid losing any more weight I added avocado olives different kinds of nuts and peanut butter to my oatmeal, I am 51 and in the best shape physically since I was 28. I would say it is primarily because of my eating plan. I do not spend any time hungry. I don’t feel like am depriving myself of anything. My food preferences have changed dramatically. I no longer crave fatty meats like bacon or my former favorite Jalapeno sausages. This is a sustainable eating plan. I hope to spend the rest of my life under 131 pounds.
Through this process I also became a health coach. I feel privileged to be able to share my journey and the structure I used to help others transform their own lives.
Why .... 5 weeks in .... some myths I was able to address
I come from a long list of diabetics and chronic disease sufferers. My father died of a heart attack after suffering for several years of chronic diseases. (coronary) My mother had high blood pressure when she came to America but decided to alter her diet and at 78.5 does not take a single pill for anything. She cooks her own food and is self sufficient. I am a pretty severe asthmatic however my love for athletics helped keep it at bay Aerobic activity built up my lungs.