In response to your last message:
December 8th, your veggie anniversary sounds perfect as a goal date. Now I want you to list several realistic and measurable goals to accomplish by that date. For example, you mentioned wanting to get rid of your "muffin top"... do you have a pair of jeans that maybe you can squeeze into but are uncomfortably tight? You could put those aside, and one of your goals could be to fit into them comfortable by December 8th! Just an idea. Think about it and name at least 2 or 3. You can always add more, but start with your top few that are most important to you.
The first thins you simply must do is cut out all the refined sugars you are consuming! Sugar is the enemy. And I'm not talking about the sugar in the apple you eat for a snack. Its the refined crap that's in all those sweets you are eating now. Sugar makes you sick and overweight. Read this for some motivation: http://www.healthchecksystems.com/Health_Reasons_to_Avoid_Sugar.htm
Forgive me if I sound harsh! I care about you reaching your goals and feeling amazing from the inside out, and I am going to give you the reality of the situation straight out. What's awesome is that you said you are happy to make some sweet treats on your own. This gives us something to work with. Again, your transformation is a process. And step one, is going to be to replace your current sugary foods, with healthier versions, that will still fulfill the cravings, but won't reek havoc on your body!
Here are a couple recipes I approve to give you an idea, and you can Google "Low sugar, gluten free vegan desserts" and send me what you find for me to check out and approve or modify for you! (We will talk about wheat & gluted soon, but remember... one step at a time equals long term success!!!)http://ohsheglows.com/2013/07/06/chilled-dark-chocolate-pie-with-toasted-almond-crust-and-strawberry-vanilla-compote/http://ohsheglows.com/2013/08/20/irresistible-chewy-trail-mix-cookies-vegan-gluten-free/
Last homework for this week is to give non-soy milk alternatives a try. We just want to keep soy in moderation, so if we do dishes with tofu for example, its best to use milk from almonds or coconut when possible! Have you (or anyone reading) tried these? This is the local market you told me about:
Let me know if you have any questions and give me an update with your goals as soon as you can!
In health and happiness,