#Vegan2016 Death by Pizza

Over a month into #Vegan2016. Let’s focus on the positive, shall we?

In one month, I have lost 4.5 lbs. Now for most of you that may not sound like a lot of weight, but for me it says something about the vegan lifestyle. I have cut out 99% of processed foods – boxed, bagged, or frozen. Vinny Sal has been cooking with fresh, sometimes organic, foods for our meals. We subscribe to the S.O.S. Free vegan diet mantra – No Salt/Sodium, No Oils/Fat, No Sugar/Sweeteners. I would estimate we have achieved a 95% success rate.

So with a 95-99% success rate with our vegan diet goals for the first month, why only a 4.5 pound weight loss?

Hashimoto’s disease.

“Hashimoto’s disease is an autoimmune disorder in which your immune system creates antibodies that damage your thyroid gland. Doctors don’t know what causes your immune system to attack your thyroid gland. Some scientists think a virus or bacterium might trigger the response, while others believe a genetic flaw may be involved.” – Mayo Clinic


“My advice is to eliminate sugar, processed foods of all kinds, gluten, dairy, corn, rice and other simple carbohydrates. Carbohydrates get stored in our bodies as fat. Instead, focus on eating lots of good meats and vegetables (preferably organic), and good fats like avocados, olive oil and coconut oil. Don’t count calories, rather eat until you are satisfied. After an initial week or two of withdrawal, your body will start to thank you. You will start noticing stomach aches, bloating, acid reflux and fatigue subside. You will also start to lose weight without trying.” By Dr. Izabella Wentz, Pharm D.


I have tried the elimination diet, the Paleo diet, but primarily, the “I don’t-give-a-shit” diet. None of these diets yielded one pound of weight loss. So 4.5 pounds is huge in my world!



Let’s be reasonable. I don’t believe there is a sane way to eliminate 100% gluten or oil in anyone’s diet, unless you want to a die a sad, miserable, lonely person. It’s about finding and choosing healthy alternatives.

I do believe that dairy, at least for me, is a health killer. I have a high sensitivity to all forms of casein. One month in and I don’t feel the aches and pains associated with my autoimmune disease. In fact, I have more energy which I contribute wholeheartedly to being dairy and animal protein free. Although eating traditional pizza is out for me, there are other healthy options that do not use gluten or dairy products. I may be sad for not being able to taste the rich, gooey-ness of cheese and pizza crust with assorted meat toppings; but I won’t be miserable. The lonely part? I’ve got that covered. I have Vinny Sal, who is traveling on this vegan journey with me!

With all this new found energy, I will be focusing on my exercise routine in the next 30 days. Okay, I don’t have an exercise program now, but I will have one!

Until next time… Vegan You Can!

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