Becoming a Vegan

I’ve decided to become a vegan, a person who eats a whole foods plant based diet that excludes all meat products. I know, insert shocked gaping mouth here. But, seriously, I think after much deliberation and debate and weighing a whole lot of options, it’s a great choice for me. I set out to start my vegan diet on May 1st, for 30 days, but after day 10, I am committing to becoming vegan at home. (My husband is going to be vegetarian and my kids are still eating a few meats a week). I say “at home” because I realize that eating out happens occasionally and I do want to be able to enjoy a good steak at a restaurant or eat the yummy things my friends make for dinner when we go there. Mostly, a controlled diet will just be happening where we eat 98% of the time, “at home”.

I know that people always ask, “why so extreme?” So, here’s a few explanations:

1. I have heart disease and cancer rampant in both sides of my family. In fact, both grandparents on my mom’s side died in their mid-60’s from heart problems or complications due to an earlier heart problem. I can’t ignore that simple fact. If I keep on the path I have chosen, I’m ending up in the same boat. I’m choosing to be proactive in the fight against heart disease and cancer.

2.  I know that legumes and vegetables are good for me. They have a lot of nutrients, but I have no idea how to incorporate them more in my diet. I choose the same variety over and over. I am choosing vegan to enrich my diet, not detract from it.

3. I am not a crash dieter, but need to lose 50 lbs and keep it off. It seems that no matter what I do including “healthy” eating, I just can’t seem to get ahead, because it’s just not sustainable for me. So, veganism is a sustainable lifestyle for me, I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything, and I don’t really have to count calories which is a beautiful concept. I have lost 8 lbs in 10 days. The average vegan looses 50 lbs and keeps it off.

4. I feel amazing! That is probably the most shocking aspect to me. I’m no longer bloated, constipated (tmi, I know), and have the energizer bunny level of activity–something I thought was impossible with 4 kids -3 of which are age 1 and under.

3. Although, I could list out 100’s of more reasons, I won’t. But one big factor is that I watched three documentaries and weighed what they were saying and found truth in them. I highly recommend them to understand all the why’s of veganism.

                                                 

Food, Inc. takes a look at our food industry and what is going on in the development of our foods. The first part of the film looks at production of meat and the meat market. The second looks at the industrial production of grains and vegetables and the third segment takes a look at the food label laws.

Forks Over Knives is a documentary that examines whether its true that a plant-based diet can control and reverse many diseases. It follows two doctors, an American cardiac physician and his colleague a professor of nutritional biochemistry, as they provide the clinical and case studies to prove that it is in fact a cure for many diseases.

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead is a documentary about a man who is severely overweight at 310 lbs, has an autoimmune disease, and his doctors keep prescribing more pills that aren’t working. He decides to go on a quest to reclaim his health through a 6 week fruit and veggie detox and then live on a plant-based diet.

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4 thoughts on “Becoming a Vegan

  1. I’m an overweight omnivore myself, but I did a 30 day vegan challenge 5 years ago and found I had a very hard time feeling satiated (I overcompensated by eating more starches, so not a tremendous weight loss win for me). Since then they’ve come out with a lot more soy and vegan proteins that are delicious, so right now I eat vegetarian a few days a week. Congratulations on taking such a proactive step in reclaiming your health! It sounds like you’re making an inspired change and l wish you all the best. Of course, personally I believe you never have to give explanations as to what you put in your mouth. 😉

    • Not really justifying just explaining to the masses 🙂 And , about the satiation thing. I never feel full just bloated when I ate prior to vegan eating. So, for me I just do what I need to do eat a specific portion of foods that hasn’t changed much. The biggest thing is I’m finally feeling real hunger instead of boredom or eating because it’s time…does that make sense? Its like my body is finally burning the calories…maybe all this makes sense in my head but i’m not communicating very well…either way…thanks for stopping by. I’m going to be posting some vegan recipes soon. And doing more regular writing. It’s great to get feedback from other bloggers and people who’ve been there.

  2. Good for you Ashley! I can’t wait to see your recipes, I’m always up for trying meatless recipes. I personally don’t think I could it, I’ve struggled enough having to go gluten-free and cut back drastically on dairy….I love my eggs too much! But it has also forced me to take a hard look at what I eat and what I feed my family and we are eating much healthier than a year ago. I am working on cutting back my sugar intake (I love chocolate!=) and I think as a whole, it’s wise for anyone to be aware of what they eat and where it comes from.

    • I wasn’t sure either, that’s why I picked 30 days before committing completely. I don’t miss eggs, I somewhat miss cheese, but theres so many options now…there is no way on earth though I’d do it if it weren’t for other blogs and online cookbooks! Just would be sooo hard and restraining!

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