Off The Wagon……….Now Back On…

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Over the last few weeks both Tracee and I have been on our journey of discovery to convert to a plant based food lifestyle and I must say we have had great success.  If anyone had told me a month ago that I would not be eating meat with my meals I would have given that ‘look’ that said absolutely no way.  I have always been a carnivore and loved meat, but after yesterday, I can honestly say it is the farthest thing that I want to put into my stomach.

I have been nion religious with my plant based intake.  First thing in a morning, I have my green blend.  2 large handfuls of greens, some frozen fruit, maca powder – it makes me feel fantastic.  I don’t ever remember being so fanatical about what I will be having for lunch or dinner.  I make sure that I have my food, but more importantly, I have the variety to keep it interesting – until yesterday.

Yesterday I woke up with my carnivore head on in a big way.  I was craving meat like mad – and succumbed.  I had a bacon sandwich.  Now don’t get me wrong as a carnivore it tasted great, but I did have that guilty feeling after, you know, the ‘wish I hadn’t eaten that’ feeling.  Anyway, come lunchtime, I craved more meat.  So I went to a well known sandwich seller and ordered a large meat based sandwich (Italian BMT to be precise) and polished the lot off.  Again, it tasted really good, but that guilty feeling was still there afterwards.  I went to bed last night and then BOOM………the most gut wrenching stomach cramps hit.  It kept me out of bed most of the night and after numerous trips to the loo, finally subsided after about 4-5 hours.  I don’t really want to put into words how I felt, but anyone who has seen the Mickey Flannagan sketch where he talks about ‘Deli Belly’ will fully understand!

Today I feel rubbish.  Not the energetic individual that I have been feeling the past few weeks.  Lethargic, irritable and down right fed up.  Now, this may be coincidental but not in my opinion.  I started this plant based journey as another string to the bow that will allow me to complete both a middle and long distance triathlon in the best nutritional shape that I could ever be in. So, I am back on that plant based and gluten free food wagon again today more determined that ever not to fall off.  If my carnivore head rears again, I can look back on last night as a mindful reminder just how bad it made me feel. So here’s to great nutrition and a healthy body and gut.  Now, where’s my green blend?

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Have a fit and healthy day

Rob 🙂

5 thoughts on “Off The Wagon……….Now Back On…”

  1. Your body was telling you, “Hey, bro… we’re short on protein down here. Send some down before you start looking pasty like the rest of the vegans… and do you went all wild about it and that messed you up (gut wise because you’ve been eating like a rabbit for so long)… So you take your body’s response completely the wrong way and swear off meat, only with more conviction?

    I see this ending in a train wreck. Good luck though, I think.

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    1. Hi there and thanks for your comment. I would have completely agreed with you about 6 weeks ago until reading the research that my wife presented me with. Only after plenty of understanding did we embark on this lifestyle choice. It was not a decision that we took lightly. The protein question is definitely one that seems to be one that pops up all the time, and I’d highly recommend reading this article
      http://www.richroll.com/blog/slaying-the-protein-myth/

      I would say that my problem yesterday was more of a “dude what’s this shit you’ve just pumped back into my body, you were doing so well” As an ironman distance triathlete I can honestly say that in the last couple of weeks following this lifestyle I have never felt better. My training has improved, my recovery time has decreased and my energy levels have sky rocketed. Our lifestyle choice now is simply to fuel our bodies. I agree with you on the pasty vegan comment, I suppose if you were to be a ‘junk food vegan’, ie living of French fries and crisps all day then you’d look pretty bad, but then looking at the state of the average person following the average western high fat diet with no exercise they look pretty pasty too, not to mention the ever expanding waistlines and heart disease. We are not pushing our diet on to others and nor would we feel the need to tell others how to eat, we respect peoples choices to live life as they choose. This choice is simply our own and we are documenting the ups and downs of our journey. No rabbit food in this house, just high quality nutritional foods, plus my wife is an amazing cook.
      Thanks for the good luck message. 🙂

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      1. Rich doesn’t slay the protein myth. He articulately says that he doesn’t and somehow that works for him. In that article, he literally provides no scientific evidence, just his personal experience. I won’t bother getting into the misinformation in his article, there is a ton, but if that diet makes you happy, more power to you, brother. I truly wish you luck.

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      2. The point for us with this article was as soon as people know you’re eating plant based food they assume you’re not getting adequate protein, which is simply not true. I think it is a very emotive subject and there will always be arguments on both sides. I think anyone would agree though, vegan or not, that eating more whole natural foods is definitely better for everyone, I mean come on, a Subway Italian BMT isn’t a great choice haha. We are loving it though and as said before we don’t judge anyone by how they choose to live their life or by what they choose to eat. It is always a choice and if it works for them then that’s great. This works for us and if it suddenly doesn’t feel right then we will change something. Thanks again for the comment though, it was great to get a meaty one (pardon the pun) Cheers, Rob

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      3. Chuckle… The Italian BMT is my favorite! Green peppers, cucumbers, mild peppers, jalapeños, onions, spinach and extra mayo… heaven in an Italian bun, brother. Well, that’s when I’m watching what I eat. 😉

        In all seriousness, my wife and I are both big into homemade food, so we definitely agree there.

        As for people’s assumptions, I did the math once, to see if there was any way I could get enough protein to fuel my cycling. I came up 40 grams short and would have needed a supplement to do it. Now maybe my numbers were wrong going in but I checked multiple sources to get them. In the end, it’s all about being happy. If you are, it’s all good.

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