Post 30 Day Challenge. I'm still vegan/macro and let me tell you a little story why! This past weekend was my first weekend since my 30 Day Macrobiotic/Vegan challenge. So, I tested the waters a bit and went out to dinner with my fabulous boy-partner. Friday night we hit up a local authentic mexican joint that I had been dying to try. Beforehand, I checked out their menu to make sure they had food that fit my preference. This is always good to do so that you aren't caught in a bind when you are already seated and everyone's ready to order...and there is nothing on the menu for you, been there and done that!
I heard some great things about this restaurant (Los Amigos) AND it had vegetarian dishes that I could easily 'make' into vegan (if I wanted to). I ordered the vegetarian fajitas which came with rice and beans and a little bit of guacamole and lettuce. This was a 'celebration' dinner for making it the WHOLE 30 days without cheating, so yes...I allowed myself two corn tortillas lol...this is the thing about life, enjoy yourself! If you've been consistent with exercise and nutrition for 4 weeks, IT IS OK to include SOME things in your meal that aren't usually part of your diet (such as the 2 corn tortillas). Just don't go out to McDonald's and get a 1/4 pounder with cheese...
I ate correct portion sizes and it was for the most part a pretty well rounded meal, as well as very tasty! I even had a corona light! HOLY S**T! It is 2012, so I'm trying to enjoy myself a bit before the zombie apocolypse... ANYWAYS, I felt good after the meal, meaning I digested it fine. I was worried that after 30 days of VERY clean eating, mexican food might be a bit too much to handle... BUT I WAS GOOD TO GO! Basically, this macro/vegan thing is fantastic because it has really helped heal my digestive system. Before the challenge there was no way that I could eat a mexican meal and feel fine after. So 1st test night...check!
My second test night, Saturday, we went to a spiffy little joint called Pazo's that serves tapas and entrees. I stuck to somewhat vegan/macro tapas plates with the exception of some CHEESE in one dish (zucchini 'no pasta-lasagna') and I ate a few scallops...and maybe a little crabmeat lol. Again, I felt reasonably good after the meal and was pleased to see that eating seafood wouldn't disrupt my balance.
Things that I'm 'Allergic' too: Tofu & Cashews (Nuts). Not seeds. Every time I include tofu in a dish I notice that afterward I just can't digest it properly. It may either make my stomach hurt, cause a little heartburn or indigestion, or a 'sour stomach'. Same for nuts, cashews especially. After eating just a handful of cashews I will immediately feel bloated, have 'sour stomach', indigestion and so on. Seeds however, I can handle in small amounts...thank god! Because I love me some hemp seed. Also, almonds are okay with me to.
I'm rambling on about this so that maybe you can identify and start becoming aware of different foods that you may be 'allergic' to. I use the word 'allergic' and define it as an unwanted, negative body/mind reaction to the consumption of a food or beverage. When you have a negative reaction, when a food makes you feel crappy, this is your body telling you, STOP EATING THAT FOOD!
It may cause an acidic response in your body that you just can't tolerate, and we don't want high acidity in our body. Read post about pH level, acidity/alkalinity here. It may cause some of your organs or bodily systems to work in overdrive which makes them not able to perform their important daily functions (ex. alcohol = liver overdrive = liver can't metabolize fat at normal capacity). It may cause inflammation, and more specifically inflammation in your digestive tract, which we really don't want! (inflammation of intestines = inability to absorb nutrients from food). It may cause a 'back up' or better known as 'constipation' in which we will hold in a lot of excess waste, you will feel crappy because your full of it (barf!) Read this:(Constipation) "This leads to weight gain problems, because of poor nutrient absorption. When sludge begins to line the colon walls it becomes harder for nutrients to be absorbed into the body, as the body must now try and extract nutrients through this wall of fecal matter. When this occurs, guess what happens? Your body tells you that you must eat more! You are not getting the right nutrients so you continue to eat in a vain attempt to get what the body needs! Cravings kick in because of a lack of certain key nutrients. Further. colon or bowel blockage results in several bodily problems. As the colon becomes impacted, just like an old rusty drainpipe, the hole in the middle becomes smaller and smaller. The more impacted the colon becomes, the more weight you carry. Not only does weight become an issue, but diverticulosis (herniated bowel pockets filled with trapped fecal matter and caused by constipation), colon polyps (a tumor that rises from the colon's surface and then protrudes into the inside of the colon), and cancer can be down the road. This is a progressively degenerative disease where eventually you end up with total colon blockage, cancer and even death.... regularity will help to give you that flat stomach that doesn't bulge out, and it will aid you in losing weight and keeping it off."
Well, I'm so glad we had this talk...probably the last thing you wanted to hear! BUT it is important. You've got to start eating clean, do a 30 Day Challenge like I did (heck, even two weeks will help!). Then after your 30 days of clean eating, you will be able to slowly add in foods you used to eat to see what you may be 'allergic' to. And eliminate these foods you're 'allergic' to because they only cause your mind and body harm! As well as your waistline!
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