Newbie Here! Am I Doing This Right?
I come from the South where everything is deep fried, BBQ'd, and sweet! Along with being raised in a super small town in the middle of nowhere. (Closest grocery store was 35 minutes away.) As you can imagine, I was very uncultured and was not aware of most food options other than meat, oil, and sugar. I've always been on the chubbier side and have both severe IBS and thyroid problems, which did not help with the weight. One day I got really sick and lost 20 pounds in two weeks. I'm 5'2 and I weight 140lbs which was the smallest I've ever been! A few months later I moved out on my own and gained 40lbs, weighing at 180lbs. This, this is the heaviest and biggest I've ever been. When I was in middle school I told my family I was going vegetarian because I loved animals too much for them to be stripped of their lives. Obviously, being in middle school, I basically was laughed at and had to eat whatever mom cooked that day. Which is understandable, especially since I've always hated vegetables. I gave in cause I knew I was powerless. Eventually I just forgot about the idea, I was still supportive of animal rights and not abusing animals, but didn't realize exactly what I was eating either. When I moved out, I decided to look more into vegetarianism. After gaining the 40lbs, I knew I had to do something. I slipped into such a dark depression and was always angry. So I decided to try T25 and eat better. I was doing T25 everyday along with taking Garcinia Cambogia, metabolism support, muscle aid, and coconut oil pills. At the time I worked at Subway so I would usually eat salad or a 'grilled cheese' and that was all I'd eat. Sometimes I'd eat steak for protein. After 3 months of doing this, I saw no results whatsoever. I didn't really feel better and I certainly didn't look better. So I gave up, discouraged and depressed. I stopped taking the pills, went back to eating whatever, and stopped exercising. I did however add Xenadrine 7x pills with Garcinia Cambogia, Raspberry Keytone, and Green Coffee Bean to my diet. After about two months I got the courage up to try again and was doing eons upon eons of research on bing, google, tumblr, pinterest, etc. on belly fat, vegetarianism, animal rights, thyroid problems, and everything else in-between. With my head held high, I decided to go full vegetarian while adding iodine and removing soy AND being on a budget. I quit taking the Xenadrine and noticed I gained two inches around my waist, but I think that was mainly water weight. So now here I am and I'm not even sure if I'm doing this right. I've cut out meat, and that's basically it. I don't exercise, though I've thought about getting into yoga again. I want to list everything that I have in my kitchen that I eat and see if there's anything I should add or change.
Activia yogurt, Danon vanilla yogurt, yoplait light yogurt, chia seed powder, vanilla whey protein powder, lightlife bologna, lightlife sausage links, tofurky, ricotta, mascarpone, laughing cow cheese, babybel cheese, parmesan, watermelon, bananas strawberries, apples, mott's applesauce, spinach-artichoke hummus, tostino's salsa, egg beaters, hidden valley ranch, tortilla wraps, cheddar taco shells, vegetarian refried beans, lays baked chips, banana honey nut cherrios, quaker fruit instant oatmeal, nature valley baked oatmeal squares, organic coconut oil, olive oil, nacho chips, iodized salt, panko bread crumbs, corn, almonds, cliff bars, kind bars, PB Crave cookie peanut butter, quaker rice cakes, bear naked granola, stevia in the raw, matcha/green/chai/black teas, hamburger buns, whole grain oat bread, bisquik, dried pastas, coconut milk, nesquik, lemonade, filtered water, pumpkin toaster strudels(it's fall, c'mon.), Quorn brand sausages and chicken, cheese pizza rolls, organic lemon frozen yogurt cookie sandwiches, welch's sparkling pumpkin pie juice, welch's watermelon juice, sweet leaf teas, pumpkin spice hersey kisses, potatoes, croutons, olive garden dressing, guacamole, annnnd I think that covers it. WHOOO!
With this as my main diet, is this working for me or are there things I should add/remove to help my body? I know the pumpkin pie items and the pizza rolls are a no-no, but like i said, it's fall. Also, I'm on my cycle and was craving the pizza rolls. As for the Nesquik, I've had an addiction to it for 5 years where I drink a little every day. I literally can never get rid of it, it's too perfect.
When I go out to eat, I'll get either pasta, salad, taco pizza, spinach alfredo of some sort, wrap/pita, or a fruit cup/parfait. All without meat of course.
As I said, I don't like veggies. I've tried and will continue to do so, but I am just not a veggie person. I do hate chunky tomatoes, that's for sure. Anyways, this is long enough. Basically am I doing vegetarianism right or wrong? What can I do to improve?
Thank you so much for reading thus far and please no mean comments! <3
P.S. I may have sounded like I'm doing this just to lose weight. I'd be lying if I said "no I'm not" because, with my health conditions, yes I do believe this is one way to help me with my health and weight. But also, I've been very passionate for animals and have been a voice for many things from declawing felines to beating animals to posting cruel pictures/video to my social media networks for awareness. I had dreams of becoming a veterinarian until I found out I'd have to put some animals to sleep. One of my cat's is a stray and the other is adopted for pete's sake. And quite frankly, I don't feel like eating cow feces and supporting cruel slaughtery. It's better if the meat's local and free-ranged but no meat is the best of all. So please don't falsely accuse me and state that I'm doing this only for my weight when that is indeed not the main reason.