I would say I have been a healthy person most of life. Besides the freshman 15, more like 30, I have been very aware of my food and health. To say I am obsessed with the scale is an understatement. There is a weight I don't like going above and if I get closer, I know it's time to cut back a bit. A little over a year ago I started doing research after research on food. Watching documentaries, reading books and stalking blogs. I became 100% organic and would only eat grass fed, pasture raised animals. I used to convince myself that eating animals is okay because it is what we have done for years, and I needed to get my protein! It was hard after watching the documentaries to not associate the animal with the steak that I was eating, but I kept pretending that I didn't know everything I knew.
I love animals. I have a dream of owning 30 acres and letting animals who have had a bad life live on my land. I am finally getting my husband, Nick, on board with that one. I always used to say to Nick, "I would love to be Vegan, but I don't think I could do it. Especially socially." So because of this thought I kept pushing it off until one night I randomly stumbled upon a ten minute video that I will never be able to get out of my head again. It was the push that I needed, and is also now my strength to never go back.
I hear of people who try different diets and feel incredible, bursts of energy and amazing digestive changes and I get beyond jealous. I have had digestive and stomach issues since I can remember. I have stomach aches at least three times a week and I always get little headaches. And don't even get me started on my non existent digestive system. I tried going gluten free, whole 30, writing down everything I ate, and I still could not fix what was going on with my body. I was told by Doctors that I had IBS and I got to the point that I just accepted that this was my life-I was going to have to leave the dinner table before dinner was over to lie down to fix my stomach ache, forever. (This was a regular occurrence)
I have been vegan for over a month now, and what started as a journey to not eat animals has turned into the biggest blessing of my life. My stomach aches are gone, I no longer have headaches, I have oodles and oodles of energy, and most importantly my digestive issues have been fixed. It is incredible to feel good. I no longer care about the scale like I used to, I eat as many calories as I want and my clothes have never fit better. I feel like for the first time in my life, my body is working like it should. And that my friends, is a pretty cool feeling.
Being vegan is a process and I learn something new every day. I have also learned to have more confidence and I am finally starting a blog. It has been something I have wanted to do for such a long time, but the fear of judgement kept me away. I no longer have that fear. I am confident in who I am, what I am eating, and where I plan to go from here. And yes, I am getting enough nutrients and protein. My meat loving husband ate his first buffalo cauliflower taco, and he actually liked it. That was a win in my book.
Thank you for following my Journey. I hope if anything this blog can help you go meatless at least one night a week. I promise you, you wont regret it.