18 March 2011

Vegetize me!

So most everyone's heard of the movie Super Size Me, where the guy eats nothing but McDonalds and chronicles his health's downward turn. I'm about to embark on the opposite journey, abandoning the American junk food diet and hoping my health improves.

The rules for Vegetize Me are as follows:

1. Each meal or snack should contain at least one serving of a fruit or vegetable besides corn or potatoes.

2. I will not be eating any animal products because I know my cholesterol sucks and I need to bring it down. The only POSSIBLE exception is if my refusal would directly insult someones hospitality.

3. I will weigh in and check blood pressure weekly. I will document food daily.

4. Food will not be made from mixes. Sigh. No tofu helper.

5. I will share a meal with someone besides my kids once a week. Part of good health is good social health!

So there we have it. Let's see what happens!


Chris Angelico said...

I predict you'll last three days, maybe a week.

Devout Hypocrite said...

I accept your challenge, sir!

Brenda said...

Don't listen to Chris! You can do it!

Hey, I started counting calories last May with Livestrong.com. I was only going to do it until my high school reunion came in August. I thought I would give up after that. I mean, I love carbs! I never pass up an opportunity to eat free food or have dessert if it's offered! And I still don't! However, after making a habit of keeping a food diary, I find that I can't stop. I've lost more than 40 pounds since last May. I feel better and look better, and that's just too good to quit and go back to old habits.

If you can stick with your plan long enough that it becomes a habit, you will feel better and look better too. So don't give up, even if you fall off the wagon one day. Just climb back on and ride that Vegetizing wagon for the long haul. You can do it! :)

Michael Angelico said...

I'm told giving up on meat should be done slowly, are you up with all those diet tips and stuff?

If you want to last more than three days or a week, you need to get rid of all the snack foods from the house and lay in a supply of fruit/veg based snacks. Otherwise it's too easy to say "Oh, it's been a super busy day, I'll break a rule just this once", and then once becomes always, and the diet's a joke.