If you follow my blog, I’m sorry I have been away for about a month and a half. I have been super busy with a few different projects, my husband was home for his 10 days so we were very busy trying to cram a lot of family fun into those ten days, and I have been using the time to think about a lifestyle change.
I am a mom of four kids and let’s face it- if you put a broccoli floret or an Oreo in front of them, 95% of them would choose the Oreo. My husband and my mom are two of those people that can eat junk food and literally lose weight where I have the exact opposite problem-I promise I can eat a salad, a healthy one, and still gain a pound.
This past week, I truly noticed how much of the food we ate at our house was junk and how much was healthy- I won’t even share those results.
Over the weekend, I decided to research becoming vegetarian. The problem I found was that: 1- I’m not a big meat eater anyways so it wouldn’t really be a lifestyle change for me, and 2- It wouldn’t help with other bad food choices. While I was on a website, I saw someone comparing Vegan to Vegetarian.
I had heard about Vegan but never paid much attention to it. I knew it was a healthy lifestyle but I didn’t know what it entailed. After researching, I found out that it pretty much is a lifestyle where you eat foods that are plant based. That means eliminating meats, seafood, dairy, etc. The rule of thumb, if it comes from something that was once living, don’t eat it. Down to honey, because it comes from bees.
I watched a few documentaries like Forks over Knives and Blackfish, however, watching Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead was my eye opener. I’m not going to explain everything, but mainly Joe Cross was a 310lb man taking a ton of medicine daily because of health reasons. He started juicing and traveled across the United States learning and teaching about how American’s eat, the relationship of eating junk food and being sick and sluggish, and the benefits of juicing and eating a plant based diet. Towards the middle, he meets an overweight truck driver who I believe was pushing 400lbs. This man sat in a truck 95% of his time and ate fast food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Joe got him to start juicing for 10 days and it went to 20 days then 60 days. I believe towards the end of the film, just from juicing and eating a plant based diet, the trucker went from 400lbs to right around 200lbs (maybe even under 200lbs). It was astonishing. And they weren’t beating themselves up at the gym either. They swam, walked, or ran but nothing like hours and hours of cardio and strength training. I mention this because I hate working out except for walking. I hate running but hopefully when I get in shape I’ll try it, I hate workout DVD’s, I hate the gym.
For Mother’s day, my hubby got me a treadmill because I’ve been wanting one for the past year. In 2015, I had an accident outside where my heart started rapidly beating and I fainted, hit the curb, broke 3 teeth, and the left side of my face landed in a fire ant bed. I passed out, didn’t remember being rushed to the hospital, and woke up in a hospital room. They told me my heart had gotten up to almost 300bpm and I pretty much went into shock from the fire ant bites. I kid you not, I felt like I died. I remember trying to talk to someone and was telling them I just wanted to live because I had 4 kids and I just felt wind and saw white.
Anyways, ever since then, I have been terrified to go walking because they said it can happen again. I take medicine to keep my heart under control but I still have anxiety so I wanted a treadmill where I could walk in the comfort in my home and stop when I need too.
I officially started my vegan lifestyle Monday, May 15, 2017. It’s definitely not anything that I can scream, “I’m 100% VEGAN!!!” It’s a lifestyle so it’s something I’m doing and learning as I go. I have strictly cut out meats, dairy, seafood, and white sugars- and any foods that contain them.
I plan on doing a post about the “joys” of shopping for vegan foods when I’m used to just throwing a lot of junk food and convenient foods in the basket, some apps I’m using, and a few books I’m reading.
Let me know if you’re vegan!! I’d love to follow your blog (or if you know a good personal blog by someone who is vegan, please let me know).
Right now, I’m mainly going to use my blog to document my journey on becoming and being vegan.
I hope everyone has been doing wonderful!!