Last week I went to North Carolina to see my nephew graduate from UNC. Any graduation is important but this one was even more so since he was able to graduate despite some unfortunate events happening on his last year of school. I am really proud of him.
It was so nice spending time with family. Catching up with them, exploring, eating, and drinking. It was a great bonding experience.
We were there for 6 days and all 6 days I was essentially a vegan. I say essentially because I did have eggs and sausage for breakfast on two occasions and had some killer brisket and pulled pork when we landed at The Bywater and ate at the Sackett Street BBQ.
But other than those three events, I ate how they ate and up to that time I thought we ate pretty healthy. Not only that but we were active hiking and doing all sorts of outside activities. Our 6 days seemed like one big long day.
I also was mindful of what I ate because I had lost close to 10 lbs. doing The Camp Diet and exercising in their boot camp. I wasn’t about to let myself get off track.
So, imagine my surprise when I got home, and I saw that I’ve gained 8 lbs!
I was shocked!
How could that be?
Yes, I drank some but not more than what I usually drink at home, after all, I do have a 7-year-old to take care of. 🙂
I went back and wrote down my meals and yes they were healthy. Lots of salads, with beans (for protein) and drizzled with some vegan type dressings. I also had lots of fruits and our main meals were vegan sandwiches, vegan soyrizo tacos, vegan meatloaf etc. You get the idea. Everything Vegan!
What I learned though is that most of my meals were high (very) in carbs and low on protein.
Could that have been the cause of my weight gain?
I remember when I did the cleanse, I did gain some weight because I was adding fruit to my vegan shakes.
The camp diet (which I was losing weight on) is the opposite. It is high in protein and not as many carbs and fruits are out of the question.
It all is quite fascinating learning how my body works and given these latest findings I am going to make sure my meals are high protein/low carb that way I can continue to lose the weight.