Hello Sassy,*****Sassy Sez:
I am an overweight vegan. I have been vegan for about three years now and vegetarian since I was 18. (I'm 33 now). Over time I have developed a very high interest in nutrition and believe that I am fairly educated when it comes to questions like this. I have been receiving your newsletter for the past 1 1/2 years, which I always find very interesting.
In general I have been okay with my weight, not thrilled, but okay. During the last year I have gained about 7-8 lbs due to having gone back to an office job, not enough time to exercise - the usual. I think I might be interested in joining your weight loss course. I believe that there is always more to learn about nutrition and eating habits.
I was wondering if the testimonials about your course have mainly been submitted by omnivores, or if you can assist already vegan people staying at a stable weight. I just don't want to imagine that I gain that much every year from now on... :( I think that I would benefit from mental restructuring.
I have a quite un-American eating habit as it is. I eat breakfast at home and lunch at work, but don't eat dinner, haven't done so for decades. It just doesn't work for me. My husband is an omnivore and we don't eat together a lot, mainly when we eat out. Also I eat a lot of raw foods, and green smoothies are an elemental part of my diet.
Hi Margarete! You are absolutely not alone in this because I hear from Vegans often who feel they are overweight and don't understand how it could be?
As you might know, one can be eating a vegan diet that is unhealthy and fattening. ESPECIALLY in this day and age when you can run to the store and stock up on vegan convenience foods such as frozen foods, canned goods, and prepackaged vegan foods of all kinds including soy cheeses, soy meats, soy this, soy that.
You might be surprised at some other things that could be contributing your "bottom line" - such as certain whole grains that you could be sensitive to. Other things can contribute to weight gain, such as eating on the run, eating out a lot, starting your day off with the wrong foods, etc. Not saying you are doing these things though. ;)
But to answer your specific question...
MOST of the people who visit my site, believe it or not, are NOT vegan but are searching for the information they need to make an informed decision about the topic. So statistically, most people who take the course are non-vegan -- at least at the start. They tend to change things up once they begin their journey with me. ;)
What you want to know is whether or not Get Down With Sass!
will help change you from an overweight vegan to your old svelte self? Very hard to say, mostly because I don't know a lot of details about your lifestyle, the foods you eat day in and day out, your secret eating habits (most people have them), and on and on. So many factors come into play.
While I absolutely believe my course can assist you to reach your goals, most of the work falls onto your shoulders.
When you begin the course, you will set a realistic goal for your weight loss. That's an incredibly important thing to do. Then, if you follow the course to a T, I believe you will discover some holes in your diet and lifestyle that are blocking you from losing the weight you want to lose.After receiving this note from you I was chatting with a current student of my weight loss course...
...and found out she has already been vegan for a year and half. So I asked if she felt the course would be beneficial to most current vegans?
Here's what she said:"I'd say the course would help not only those who are more new to veganism, but even a long-time vegan could absolutely benefit from the course! You have so much great information, and the structure is also hugely helpful.
"Also, I find that there are things that I know perfectly well I should do (really important things, like staying away from GMO foods even when eating out) that I push to the side of my mind because I haven't figured out what I want to do to replace, say, non-organic tofu in Chinese or Thai restaurants. But doing Week 4 (in combination with some super-scary stuff my scientist sister was telling me about the effects of Round-up treated seeds on hamsters, like total sterility within three generations?) makes me determined to get my head out of the sand.
"Plus you do get stuck in food ruts. I just got your sauce course and see how many interesting alternatives there are to my usual solutions. Looking forward to playing with them in the kitchen.
"Tell that long-time vegan I said yes the course would help! :D"
-- Sarah, Berkeley, California
So there you have it, Margarete! Hope this helps.
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