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".


Ill keep you updated ;)




At 2:35 pm, Blogger Lunar said...

This is really good to see. Please post regulary, it'll be good to see how you get on.

ps Good luck with the coffee thing !

At 6:06 am, Blogger Alexis said...

I'm in a bit of the same situation too; just starting to change my vegan diet to lose some weight. I wish you the best of luck!

At 6:37 pm, Blogger Duncan said...

Hey dude,

I wish you the best.

Remember like climbing a mountain, you must traverse all terrain. You may run, slip, or rest but it is all in the same direction.

Keep looking up ;)

At 2:48 pm, Blogger Tony - FoodsforLife said...

Tell people how much you weigh now Fat Boy!

Share the Love!

Give people hope!

Keep up the good work

Tony & Yvonne - Foods for Life


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