Well, I did a whole week vegetarian. This means no animal flesh (although I did have eggs twice) and veggies and whole grain foods for the week. I also used some Soy Products like Tofu and some meal replacement bars. So, what were the results?
Well friends, I maybe the only person who can pack on muscle while eating vegetarian. I gained 3 pounds on this diet while losing some .5 inches from my hips. I gained .5 at my chest and waistline. Body Fat remained fairly consistent though, so I think that the Soy Meal Replacements gave me some bulk. Also, introducing some gluten regularly to the body may have caused some water retention. I was fairly active this week with 2 boot camps and 1 home workout, so I didn’t slack exercise wise.
The interesting part of the whole experience was I didn’t miss meat as much as I thought I’d miss it. Seriously. I think most carnivores get some odd emotional high from eating meat and the thought of leaving it behind can be… well… threatening. Regardless, I actually felt (as I did with very strict slow carb) an evening out of my emotions. I was calmer. I was more centered and I was less stressed out.
That being said, going Vegetarian really did help me understand why Slow Carb works for me. I think carbs with a low glycemic index are really key to my nutritional well being. I ate some whole grain breads pretty much everyday, and I think that causes some swell. If I really want to make this whole plan of dropping 24 lbs by the time the next baby comes, I need to incorporate a lot more veggies into each meal. I also need to stay with the no carbs in the morning, and slow carbs for lunch and dinner.
Lastly, while Meal Replacements are an easy way to get protein in early (especially before morning workouts) I need to layoff them almost completely. I notice that every week I eat any type of meal replacement (shake or bar) I see weight gain. So, I have to cut those products out completely and stick to natural organic foods. That last part may be the key to a less stressful and slimmer lifestyle for me. Processed foods may be the devil.
So, thank you Vegetarian Diet for all you taught me, but I’m going back to Slow Carb starting on Sunday.
NOW, I expect you Vegetarian friends to send me lots of suggestions about how I should stay Veggie. Keep in mind, I’m going to attempt to basically function Pesco Vegetarian minus fast carbs (a huge challenge) Sunday through Friday. So, I’ve learned some things I think are valuable. Let’s see how they play out this week!