I don’t know why, but I’d rather eat veggie burgers in the morning, and cereal and fruit for dessert. I love the Boca “All-American Classics” patties, because they have that savoury liquid smoke flavouring. I pile the burger with onions, tomatoes, avocado, and greens (cabbage seen here). Add a litre of Diet Dr. Pepper, and you have a perfect way to start the day!
When I started my heath programme six months ago, I cut out dairy and limited my animal products to about 150g/week. That’s a pretty low amount, and even if I ate 500g/week of animal products, it’d total to less than 3% of my caloric intake. That’s my rationalisation for adding some eggs back to my diet. The real reason is that I like them in the morning, and they’re easy to make.
I’ve seen studies that show eating 3 eggs/day for a few weeks will increase LDL by more than 10%. I’ll try to keep it down to 2 eggs a week (100g/week).
This happens a lot. You go out for lunch with others, and you figure you’ll order the veggie sandwich. What you get is something else. This is what they call “wheat” bread, but it’s processed, doughy, and what I normally avoid. There’s no real vegetables in the sandwich, just some iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, and onion. There’s cheese instead of something healthy like humus. Oh well, the other options would have been worse, and at least it has calories.
In April, before I started eating whole, plant-based foods, my doctor called to tell me my AST (Aspartate Aminotransferase) and ALT (Alanine Aminotransferase) liver enzyme levels were elevated. They said it was probably related to a fatty liver, which didn’t sound good. I was a little scared about it. I started eating healthy in August. My October numbers were better, but were still high. Today I got my January test results, and they’re all normal!
Woo hoo! In less than 6 months of plant-based eating, I’ve lost 18 kg, and fixed my fatty liver. (Ok, I wasn’t actually diagnosed with fatty liver, but I probably would have developed one on my old fast-food diet.)
It’s fun eating lots of bread on a weightloss program. Everyone will tell you bread makes you fat. You hear it so often, you start to believe it. But Europeans didn’t get fat eating bread for hundreds of years. And bread is wonderful. So I ate this 150g half-baguette with dinner, and had two 50g buns with my veggie burgers today. That’s 250g of bread, totaling about 675 calories. That’s nothing.