That is the million dollar question these days. Every group has their opinion and facts to back up their plan. I think the question is what is best for you? In my 48 years I have tried every plan under the sun. The kitchen is my happy place. I like everything about it from the planning to preparation to presentation. So the only requirement I ever had for a diet was no diet shake and no premade dinners. My love for everything food was mostly to blame for the extra 70 pounds I was carrying. Well, that and a cold beer.
So back to my dilemma. What is going to be the best plan for me? After gastric sleeve surgery you are required to eat your protein first. They stress the importance of meat protein at every meal. This was a challenge for me on many levels. Can all that meat be good for your heart? I made it through the first 4 months before I said for the love of Pete can I just have a salad? Of course I can but only if I make smart choices with the salad.
So is Vegan an option? Yes and no. I discovered that a vegan diet is not popular with bariatric surgeons. You can only eat about a cup at each meal. A cup of chicken has a lot more protein than a cup of green beans. I know that there are meat substitutes available but have you tried them all? Some do have a lack of flavor. So I was stuck. Do I continue to eat meat all the damn time?
Then this week I read an article about a Pegan diet. It is the brainchild of Dr. Mark Hyman. It takes the best of Paleo and Vegan and combines it. Sounds good…but how to go about finding the fit for me. Can I give up cheese for the rest of my life? It also eliminates legumes. I thought beans were A+ foods. In the end can anyone stick to a plan that restricts or eliminates a food group? I think the only group that can are Vegan’s. If you are a vegan for ethical reasons than I know that is a strict commitment.
For now I have decided to try a little of everything. I am putting a lot more emphasis on plant based foods but not cut out all dairy. I will continue to add lean meats in my plan but on a smaller scale. Pinterest is my favorite place to learn about foods I am unfamiliar with such as tempeh. I made some delicious tempeh tacos with a cabbage, green onion and radish slaw. I didn’t miss ground beef or cheese. Really I swear I didn’t! I guess my non professional advice today is not to be afraid to try new things. If you had told me a year ago I would put nutritional yeast instead of butter on my popcorn I would have called you crazy. Try it by the way, you won’t regret it. I welcome comments or thoughts on the plan you love. I am always willing to try a new recipe and report back.
All my best,