Actually at first I was just plain eating too much. As the weeks have progressed I have noticed that I need to cut back on the amount of produce I am buying. We simply are not eating it all. I'm spending less and we're wanting to eat less. This is NOT true if we've had junk food or eaten out. Then cravings start and the overall food consumption goes up.
I'm sure my family missed the meat and I do cook them some - just not a lot. I'm not a fan of cooking two meals for the same dinner. They don't cook - therefore we eat vegetarian. If one of them wants to learn, then I'll have to find a way to make do with what they cook. (never ever going to happen - not in a million years )
I've started making/growing my own
Next up is tofu and as soon as i get a crock - sauerkraut mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
raw milk in my fridge
I've been drinking raw milk (what the butter was made with but not the yogurt) which comes from grass fed cows and eggs from truly free range chickens. Saw them all over the farm, no cages for these girls. Overall I feel pretty good. The changes have been very positive for me.
I've also discovered foods I didn't know I liked. I didn't know I liked milk until I drank raw milk. Tried a new way to cook beet greens and I am in love. I am now attempting to grow some more from the tops of beets. Sprouts really fill out a salad. I already made my own tortillas (corn) but have found new and wonderful ways to fill them with tarziki sauce and veggies, or peppers and spices. The change has made me very creative
Beet greens in the making - I hope
The gout flare up that triggered this diet change has never 100% gone away, it's not painful, just twingy and it does get much worse after I cheat or eat processed food. It's under control enough that I don't want to cut my own foot off. I don't need pain meds and I can wear actual shoes. Most of the time I just feel a twinge and think "Oh yeah, I have gout in that joint"
freshly made butter
Hopefully diet changes will help, so will exercise and weight loss. My goal is to control this without taking medications. pain or otherwise.
I miss meat, but I don't regret giving it up. I like where I am headed.