The Fat Vegan Project

The trials and tribulations of an obese young vegan who wants to lose it all!
Current Weight // 21st 4lbs

Plan of action

Monday, July 03, 2006

I just got my new plan of action through from vegan nutritionists Yvonne and Tony Bishop-Weston you may know them as the authors of the amazing cookbook "Vegan".

It looks fantastic.

Here are the rules of my diet as set out in my plan of action

1. Have 3 meals and 2 snacks a day

After looking at this I thought it sounds fantastic I dont think I eat "meals". It sounds like this might not be that difficult :)

2. Have breakfast within 2 hours of waking

Now this im not too sure about, I sometimes find I feel sick in the mornings so I cant eat anything, as much as I dont mind saving my sick up for a person smoking at the bus stop I will try my best to eat before I leave for work.

3. Leave 3-4 hours for your evening meal to digest before bed

This sounds reasonable, I like most people sometimes end up eating late which might make things difficult, I do plan on getting more sleep as well now I have nothing major to stress me out (Veggie Fayre im looking at you).

4. Have protein with every meal and snack

After speaking with Yvonne last night we are going to try out Hemp protein powder as part of my daily intake of protein (Protein will need to make up 20% of my diet)

5. Avoid starchy carbohydrates (bread, pasta, rice, potatoes) after 5pm

Now......... this might be difficult....... as a "morbidly obese" vegan I eat sooo much of these food types that it might be a real task to not have them with the evening meal. I think I will try to cut them out pretty much all together.

6. Include sources of essential fats as suggested

Im all good for this, I have some hemp oil and de-hulled hempseeds donated by Tim from YAOH and I am going to stock up on pumpkin, flax, sesame, sunflower seeds as well! - I'm not that keen on eating seeds (Unless they are choc coated ones Mmmmmmmmm) so I will be griding a seed mix into a power so I can add it to meals and smoothies which is great.

Yvonne pointed out an interesting fact about EFA's (Essential Fatty Acids) and seeds.

"Oils from essential fats are very delicate so they need to be stored in the fridge & should never be heated. If heated they chemically change & turn into altered or trans-fats which behave like saturated fats in the body & block your use of essential fats. "

7. No caffeine – tea, coffee, colas, energy drinks. A couple of water-filtered decaffs a week and occasional dark chocolate after a protein rich meal is OK

I, I,,, I can go without coffee....... nutty roasted fresh coffee.... EVEN when the whole office is drinking it in the same room and the fantastic air of alertness is filling my lungs I wont touch a bit.... shit, this is going to be the hardest part I think.

Over this month we are going to be trying to cover lethargy and lack of concentration which with me, until now has been surpressed by (imagine that Marks and Spencers deep sexy voice from the TV ads) fresh organic dark roasted coffee with one heavenly spoonful of sugar.

8. Limit alcohol to 5 units a week and have with protein-rich foods. Also match each drink with water and stick to a maximum of 1 unit an hour

This is no problem at all, I'm not a social ... (sorry the smell of the chip shop behind my work has made me lose my concentration). .... . ...drinker but when I drink, I tend to let the emergency services know before hand. My last outing consisted of around 4 pints of cider about a litre and a half of vodka and a bottle of wine. - I got back after 6am wondering how and what and when and why.

I am going to ask if I can save up my 5 units a week for a while and then destroy myself.

We will also be covering how to recover from heavy drinking and how to limit the damage before hand after I return from my next piss up. - Maybe this weekend?

9. have 2 litres of still, filtered or bottled water a day, more when exercising.

This is cool I should be able to manage this, I have a swanky water filter jobby jug and I actually quite like filtered water.

10. Allow yourself treats when you really want them but no more than 20% of your diet

This sounds really reasonable, mainly because I want the FVP to be a long term plan and also be realistic for people who want to live a little and not just eat alfalfa sprouts as a "snack".

NEW WEBSITE COMING SOON WITH PICS AND VIDEOS AND ETC'S

Ill keep you updated ;)

Cheers

Chris

Monday, 19 June 2006 - Food Diary :(

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Bowl of Bran Flakes with one banana chopped

Cup of black coffee – 1x Sugar

Cup of White Tea – No sugar

Cup of black coffee – No Sugar

2 white hard rolls + 4 redwoods sausages

2 granary rolls + 4 redwoods sausages

50g bag of dark choc covered pumpkin, soya bean and raisin.

2 tins of red devil – energy drink

3 cans of Rubicon (Full O’ sugar)

Big bowl spaghetti + dehulled hemp + lots of cheezly melting mozza

One large choc chip cookie

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One thing I find quite weird is the fact that looking at this list I am really surprised at how much I consume on a normal day. Makes me feel quite down when I think that this stuff didn’t particularly fill me up like I would have thought it would.

I’m starting to plan this out a bit more now; I was wondering should I start TFVP diet with a proper detox? I tried it once and felt great on the first day but after that I felt awful, not hungry, just aggressive and pissed off constantly with everyone. After starting on the Sunday I almost punched a local heroin addict in the face when he asked me for money. (Probably due to the fact that I had been made redundant a short while before and he knew we both signed on in the same f***ing queue and I was as skint as he was!!)

Anyway, Im going to be doing the first part of the video diary very soon and will post once I have a second.

Chris

Before: The 2 week food diary...

Friday, June 16, 2006

I was thinking last night how it might be quite important to make a food diary for the two weeks in the run up to TFVP I suppose it might help me see where the problem is...

I will be starting the video diary next week as well just to let you know how Im feeling about the whole project.

Ive had loads of support from everyone, which is excellent! - Im one of those people who doenst get anything done without pressure so by making this project public Im hoping the pressure will be constant!

Update soon. + Pics =:) + Video diary!

All the best and thanks for the support!

Chris

Countdown to take off (weight)

Monday, June 12, 2006

Hi everyone, Im Chris some of you might know me as the organiser of the Gloucestershire Veggie Fayre.

So I suppose I should let you all know a little about the Fat Vegan Project.

Over a year period I will attempt to lose weight to finally get down to my healthy weight (around 11 - 12 stone) which I was only 6 years ago. If you were to listen to most experts they would tell you that in order to lose weight you might want to cut down on dairy and meat... Well Im a vegan and Im knocking on 22 stone.

With help from some vegan nutrition experts, the vegan business comunnity and moral support from friends and family we hope to raise some serious money for vegan / animal charities.

WARNING

TFVP will be very intrusive for me it, I will be doing a video diary and trying to keep the blog updated all the time with photos and special reports when ever I do a weigh in.

If you need to email me use chris@govegan.co.uk

Cheers and thanks for the support!

Chris