My g/f, a vegetarian since her early teens, is starting to cave into the primal lifestyle. The changes in my weight and general well-being are making her hesitate in keeping her non-negotiable CW stand.
There are some problems though:
- She won't give up vegetarianism anytime soon
- She is almost 100% convinced that fats are bad
- She is 100% convinced that she needs grains.
- She eats a lot of low-fat diary
As a vegetarian (she also eats eggs and diary), she has spent most of her life under a diet of around 70% carbs, if not more.
She has agreed to try a meatless version of the PB for a couple of weeks and go from there.
I think this is my one and only shot to bring her on the wagon. These are some difficulties:
- After cutting grains, she'll have a huge caloric deficit I'll have to manage to cover while keeping (good) carbs low.
- Her body will probably take longer to get used to low carb than the average person
- I have to manage to keep her interested in the food with varied menus.
These are some encouraging facts:
- she has the typical sleepiness and chronic hunger of a high-carber
- She feels tired all the time
- She struggles to lose weight
- She is active, but not into sports (part of the reason she has trouble losing weight)
So this are some ideas I have:
- Use lots of olive oil in her tossed salads
- Replace mashed potatoes with mashed cauliflower or squash
- Use a lot of eggs
- Give her nuts, which she likes but tends to avoid due to their fat content.
- Get her almond milk and maybe some very low-carb "old" cheeses.
So, this is a huge leap of trust she is making towards the PB, and probably the last. I can't screw this up.
Anyway, I'm thinking of giving her a the menus and tips on the weekend so she can start on Monday. Any tips will be very welcomed!