For the month of April I will be participating in the A to Z Challenge. The goal is to write 26 posts through the month – one for each letter of the alphabet. It isn’t required but most people choose a theme to tie the posts together. I’m going to be writing about what is happening with my diet and health.
Background – I am a long time vegetarian. I think I stopped eating meat around 2000. I don’t remember exactly when it happened but I remember where. I had been gradually eating less meat because I didn’t like the taste. When I would go to restaurants I would ask for dishes to be made without meat. People would ask if I was vegetarian and I would say no and then have to explain. It was a hassle. I was sitting in the Taco Bell drive-through when I decided that it would just be easier to say yes when asked if I was a vegetarian. At that point the only meat I was eating was Big Macs and Taco Bell Nacho Bel Grande. Not exactly the best examples of the cuisine.
I’ve always been heavy. I’ve really gained a lot of weight in the last 5 years or so. I’m not entirely sure why. It is super frustrating too. I eat healthier than most people I know. People comment all the time on how healthy I eat. I think I’m just designed to easily put on weight. I’m the descendant of people who survived some famines. I’m not saying that I didn’t have a junk food habit. I totally did. I just didn’t think it was that bad.
I also ate some cheese. That was bad. I’m very lactose intolerant. I knew it would be exactly 4 hours after I ate cheese when I needed to be home waiting for the pain to strike. I kept lactose digestion tablets with me and took them faithfully. It didn’t matter. Why would I keep eating food that I knew was going to make me physically ill? Yeah, that was dumb. I had transitioned to mostly non-dairy cheeses and milk but I was still occasionally a sucker for neon orange processed cheese sauce or white Mexican queso.
So what changed? I’ll cover that for letter B.
Hi Heather! I’m glad to see you in the A-to-Z Challenge. This is a terrific topic. Most of my adult life I weighed 50 pounds more than I do now. Around ten years ago I lost 70. Yay! Then gained back 50. Boo! Then, lost 30. With more effort than it seems like it should take, I’m maintaining that weight.
I’m really interested in hearing about your journey.
I love your story of how you became a vegetarian because mine is similar. My daughter is like you and lactose intolerant; chewable lactaid has totally changed her life and she can now enjoy dairy.
Yeah, sometimes we do things that are bad for us for reasons we don’t immediately recognise. Love the cup image at the top of the post 🙂
Ronel visiting for A:
My Languishing TBR: A