Hi guys! I wanted to share a bit of what my journey to being vegan has been like so far, why I decided to become vegan, and what has helped me along the way.
Ever since I was a kid, I've been a super picky eater and I was never big on meat. I really only ate chicken and pork, and even then I wouldn't eat any meat on the bone. My mom is vegetarian, so a plant-based diet wasn't foreign to me. It's funny because I used to always give my mom the hardest time about being vegetarian and now I'm a vegan. Ha!
So what made me decide to go vegan? I know a lot of people decide to go vegan or vegetarian because of animals, so most people assume the same about me. Honestly, I just wanted to try something new and do something good for my health. During my second pregnancy, I gained a lot of weight- like 60 lbs. When baby wants pizza, baby gets pizza. After I had Maia, I worked my you know what off to lose all of the baby weight. But after a couple months, I got really frustrated because I still had about 10-15 lbs that I just couldn't get off. I was eating healthy and working out often, but I had hit a plateau. One of the nutritionists that I was following was vegan and it sparked my interest. I did some research and was amazed at all of the health benefits. Being vegan significantly reduces your risk for cancer, type 2 diabetes, and other life threatening diseases. Also, being vegan gives you more energy. I decided to give it a try. I did it on such a whim and had no idea how much discipline it would take.
For a while there, I was doing pretty good sticking to it. But when I got tempted with eating out or free food at school, I would cave. I was so bad that my fake veganism was a running joke all of first year. I did this for a couple months and then decided that I would be vegan during the week and then on weekends I would eat whatever I wanted. This helped me stick to my vegan diet and not cave during the week. By this time, I had lost all of the baby weight by switching to a mostly vegan diet and doing more weightlifting and less cardio.
I'm now completely vegan and I feel great. It feels good to know that I'm feeding my body with nutrient-rich foods that are good for me. I don't miss meat or even cheese now that I have found lots of vegan substitutes. For me, the hardest part has been finding recipes that I like and finding vegan substitutes. It takes a lot of self-control and discipline to really stick with it. I'm well aware that there are a lot of vegans out there that can't stand people like me who have had a hard time fully committing. I look at it like this: the more healthy choices you make for yourself and for the planet, the better. Every vegan meal really makes a difference. Don't believe me? Listen to this: every day a person eats a vegan diet they save 1,100 gallons of water, the life of an animal, 45 lbs of grain, 30 square feet of forests, and 20 lbs of CO2. Crazy right?! So if you stumble along the way, that's okay. If you're considering being vegan, don't get discouraged. It will take some time because it is a lifestyle change, so you have to allow yourself this transition period to stick with it in the long run.
Are you interested in becoming vegan or already vegan? I'd love to hear from you. What has worked for you? Or, if you're interested in becoming vegan, what sparked your interest?