I’m Officially a Vegan!
Exactly 3 months ago I got started on this journey of becoming a Vegan. After my husband’s birthday celebration on Feb. 18th, I went cold turkey. I took all meat, dairy, chicken and fish out of my diet. Bam! It was a wrap. I actually went 10 days straight of drinking only fresh vegetable and fruit juices that I made myself. It was an amazing experience. Now, it’s three months later and I feel fantastic. I thought that doing this was going to be difficult but it’s not. There are so many choices available for Vegans that this lifestyle has been easier to adjust to than I could have ever imagined.
People have said that being a Vegan would be expensive, but it actually is not. It’s actually just as expensive to eat regular food today than it is to adopt a Vegan lifestyle. The cost of meat, chicken and pork has sky-rocketed. Before adopting this lifestyle my grocery bill had already exploded so going this route didn’t cause any major shift. The only thing I have to deal with is getting my family to eat what I eat. There are some things that they absolutely love like meatless meatballs with a vegan pasta and sauce. But there are some things that they feel are just disgusting (like my raw brownies – LOL), but I still find them delicious. So we’re working on it. They love it when I cook vegetables. They love my sauteed broccoli and they also love my fresh fruit juices. But I guess, I’ll just have to get them to come around on the other things.
What I’ve Learned By Becoming Vegan
- You still have to watch your portions. Just because you don’t eat meat, doesn’t mean that you can eat whatever you want in volume. You still have to monitor your portions if you want to control your weight.
- More Vegetables Is Better Than More Beans and Carbs. My body cannot handle a lot of beans. While I LOVE beans. When I eat too much of them it just gives me horrible gas. So I have to be careful about that the beans and the carbs.
- Variety and Flavor is the SPICE of Vegan LIFE. Just because you’re not eating the Standard American Diet (SAD) doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice flavor and variety. OMG! The foods that I have been eating have been delightful. One of my favorite restaurants is RAWLICIOUS and the raw foods there are amazing and good. Another one is Veggie Castle in Queens and it has great Vegan food and desserts with awesome Caribbean flavors. But I have to be careful when I go to Veggie Castle because the portions are big, you can pack on the pounds going there. But flavor and spice is the key.
- Vegan options are everywhere. I have been able to find something pretty much everywhere that is vegan. I just may have to get the places to leave out the cheese to make their vegetarian selections vegan.
- You should take a daily vitamin supplement. Regardless of whether you’re vegan or not, you need a good daily vitamin supplement. Just about every food has been stripped of its nutritional value, so you have to supplement.
The Health Benefits I’ve Experienced Being Vegan
- I sleep through the night. Before I became a Vegan would toss and turn and wake up every hour on the hour. My husband works nights and when he would come in, I would end up staying up all night. *sigh* Now, I sometimes don’t even hear him come in and when I get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, I go right back to sleep with no problem.
- I’m down to a size 12. Before I started this lifestyle I wore a 14 or 16 to fit over my hips, but now, I am down to a size 12 and I feel myself shrinking down to what would be considered my natural body weight. Now that I am starting to exercise again, I can actually see that happening faster.
- My skin is clearing up. Last year this time my skin was so oily and I was plagued with cystic like acne, you know those big juicy hard pimples that would leave ugly black marks. But today, that’s not the case and I am so happy about it.
- Here is the biggy…My periods are becoming more normal and one of my fibroids has disappeared and I can literally feel the other one shrinking. This was the reason I decided to do this in the first place. I wanted to heal myself. My fibroid is the size of a small cantaloupe. I am looking forward to going to my doctor in the fall and having it measured and her saying that it’s gone. She already told me (last month) that one disappeared. I knew that because when I started this path, I watch that thing leave my body. (I’ll spare you the details). But this is my BIG WHY. I didn’t want to have major surgery taking out my stuff. I am not ready for that. I am not even 50 years old. So I decided to take my health into my own hands to heal myself and this has been worth it.
- I can sleep on my belly again. Before when I would lie on my belly it felt like a ball was between me and the bed and it was very uncomfortable. Now I can lie on my stomach again. Yes! Momma is happy.
As you can see the benefits of this lifestyle has totally outweighed the small sacrifice of giving up foods that I have loved over the years. Will I keep going? YES. Will I ever eat chicken or fish again? I don’t know. Maybe if it’s organic and not injected with growth hormones. But right now it’s not worth it. Because in the past eating the foods that I loved was actually making me sick and today I feel so good and healthy. I really don’t want to go back.
The biggest thing that I have learned is that in this day and age you have to find your own way. Don’t listen to anyone. Just listen to your heart and most importantly, listen to your body and eat to live vs living to eat.