My face was covered in tears as we ended a popular Netflix documentary titled: What the Health last week. It wasn’t necessarily all the animal cruelty (although that’s always sad) it was the human cruelty that made me lose it. Watching this and other documentaries about health has been weighing on me and I finally wanted to end my guilt and do something.
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I have been suffering from bloating, gas, diarrhea and intense stomach pains for the last 7 years. The worst of it being the last year. I fancy myself a healthy 30 year old and I exercise when I can. But it was never enough. Even when I quit dairy entirely a few months back, it never quite went away. It drove me to a slight depression that I kept to myself until last week when my husband looked over at me and saw the tears streaming down my face.
That was the last straw. I was going to become vegan.
I have been eating Vegan food for a while now and have never had a bad experience. I always liked what it stood for and that my food was “safer” being organic and dairy free most of the time. But I have never been on a diet in my life. I know, I know, big surprise there huh? But what I’m saying is that I have never once deprived myself of anything (in terms of food) ever! So how was this so easy for me to decide? IDK guys. Maybe I was so sick of being sick that I just reached out for a possible answer? Maybe, the cancer that has consumed so many of my Dad’s side of the family, lingers in my mind. Or maybe the thought of eating a chicken that is surrounded by feces and other dead chicken makes me sick to my stomach. It was everything but guess what?
It worked!! ☺
I wanted to keep this a secret while I kinda purged my pantry and gathered up recipes. But I’m finally able to share with you what I’ve been eating and what I buy at Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. Guys, these recipes are so good and most are very easy! I’m not here to persuade you to become a vegan. I’m here to offer hope to those who like me, were sick on the inside. Struggling to find energy and dealing with the pain that often gets looked over by doctors. I want to share this because I feel good inside. I feel light, healthy and free. I can actually cook meat and not want to eat it. I can make delicious food that offers protein and fiber that I never thought I could make. And the best part? I can eat cookies, donuts, ice cream and pancakes being vegan. I’m eating more veggies and have less cravings for junk. My stomach is flat and there is zero bloat.
It’s not easy and I am by no means an expert… So, in light of that, here are some experts that I highly suggest you follow! I used their IG accounts because you can follow now and then go back when you have time to follow their blogs and youtubes. Ain’t no body got time for all that this second.
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So, like I said, I am no where near what I want to be and I am not a vegan expert. I only know that my body is thanking me and I am thanking God once again for the continued blessings. I hope I can inspire change in your life whether it be to become healthier or to pay attention to what’s in your food. I know I am keeping this lifestyle change for myself and for my kids so that maybe they too will follow in my footsteps.
For those of you who want to know, my kids aren’t vegans. Right now, I’m still trying to figure out how to get all the nutrition that my body needs. But they do eat vegan food quite often. My husband is mostly vegan but 100% supportive of my change. I shop mostly at Whole Foods and I spend less than I would if I bought meat. If you want to know what I ate and what I bought, you can click here to print out my grocery checklist and see my meals from Monday-Sunday! And for even more inspo, you can follow my Pinterest Board where I pin my favorite recipes and fantastic photos of vegan donuts!
My next step is to find out how to eat vegan while in Mexico in two weeks! If you have any health tips please message me or leave me a comment. I am going to need all the help I can get! But at least I can wear a two piece swim suit and feel confident because this is what vegan looks like. 🙌