This is a question I get asked all the time! I never pictured myself cutting meat out of my diet. When you hear the word vegan or plant based it has a stigma attached to it, that’s weird or you only eat tofu and kale. I get it, that was me last year. I’ve cut dairy out of my diet a few times before as it doesn’t agree with my skin or stomach all the time. It all started when the document “What the Health” by Kip Anderson became popular and I kept seeing friends all over Facebook posting about watching it and how great it was. I was a little skeptical to watch it at first as I said earlier I never thought I would give up meat. I have always been interested in learning more about our food industry and how certain things effect our health. So, I went in with an open mind and was blown away by what it had to say about serious diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and cancer. Once the documentary was over I decided I was going to give this whole plant based lifestyle a try. It took me a couple days to transition as trust me I wanted to eat some cheese before I made the switch.
I never thought I would say that I honestly don’t miss meat. Such a crazy thing to say as I thought it would be a much harder lifestyle change for me, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought. It was really a pretty easy transition for me. Once I learned what is in the meat that you are eating it grossed me out big time! So now when I think about it I get a mental image of what they allow in the meat we are eating and it doesn’t sound appealing what so ever.
Pinterest becomes your best friend for finding delicious easy recipes to make. Some of my faves are Sweet Potato and Black Bean tacos, Curry Cauliflower soup, pulled “Pork” Jackfruit, Panang curry, cauliflower stir fry and veggies and Burrito bowls just to name a few. I prefer to have a few extra minutes of sleep every morning than to make a fancy breakfast so I normally make a smoothie with berries, banana, kale or spinach and either cacao or flax seeds. I have found it incredibly easy to find tasty food to eat. A lot of the things we already eat every day are plant based. I frequent my local Trader Joes at least once a week if not more. They have so many delicious options. I love a tasty but super easy meal to make during the week and they definitely have so many options that it is so easy!
I feel like I am constantly hearing of people getting cancer at such a young age that it freaked me out and renewed my dedication to eat a plant based diet, especially when it hits so close to home. I definitely feel like the food we eat contributes to diseases we get and how our bodies feel. We are exposed to so many toxins every day that we can’t 100% prevent our bodies from getting some sort of disease but I want to try and do as much as I can by feeding my body plant based foods. Obviously in this world nothing is guaranteed about our health, but at the end of the day I am happy with my decisions to lead this lifestyle. I am not out there trying to convert anyone to cut animal products out of their diet as it is not for everyone as it does take a lot of dedication and for some people it may seem really difficult. We all make our own choices and have to be comfortable with the decisions we make. I am not perfect, and I still cheat every now and then mainly with sweets. Sometimes they just look so good! When I do cheat I feel the effects, whether it’s an upset or gassy stomach or a headache. I ate a couple bites of chocolate cake a couple weeks ago and woke up with a headache the morning after and that never happens, so I am assuming it was from the cake. But I am trying to be better about being 100% plant based.
I plan on sharing some of my favorite recipes on the blog to hopefully help show people that a vegan/plant based diet is not weird and that you still eat amazing food! I honestly can’t ever see myself going back to eating a normal diet made up of meat and dairy as I just feel so good eating this way.