June 8, 2016

Two Months Vegan(ish)

Today marks two months since I took the leap to cut out most processed foods and animal products.


Mostly. I'm not going to lie. I have had minimal animal products in the last two months, some seafood and this week I have added back in cheese and eggs, so adopting more of a vegetarian lifestyle, because I was feeling really weak and (I think) lacking protein to make up for how much I am working out. I've felt better since adding in eggs... and I just like cheese. I believe that moderation is key.

When I have had animal products, specifically red meat, I feel horrible. I feel foggy and tired and bloated and all that comes with that. My body has truly shown me over these last two months what it feels like to feel GOOD.  I crave fruits and vegetables. I've had some dark chocolate sparingly, I drink my iced cold brew in the afternoon. I've been relying way too much on vegan shakeology for my protein and eating way more carbs than usual. And I feel like my body is still trying to figure out what's going on.

Why am I sharing all of this? It's a learning process. I've been a "meat" eater all of my life. When I started this I, under no circumstances, thought it would be a complete life change. And some days I am still not sure.  The rest of my family is still eating meat. They basically eat whatever I make for dinner but I am not being as strict with them, yet. Not to say it's not coming. My kids eat healthy, very healthy, but they also eat WAY more processed stuff than I would like.

Someone commented on my IG yesterday and asked me if I had switched over my cosmetics. It kind of made me laugh. First of all, I hardly even wear make up anymore. My skin looks better than it ever has, and second, its so overwhelming I don't even know where to begin. I have such sensitive skin that maybe that would be beneficial too. (I apologize for implying previously that the person who made that comment was a "crazy rights animal activist" she was genuinely concerned about my journey, and I made assumptions that were incorrect.) But yeah, maybe one day I'll go al natural with my cosmetics, but for now I have to come to terms with the food aspect.

I don't know. I kind of feel like I am rambling. Eating Vegan/Vegetarian really hasn't been that hard. I honestly don't miss meat. I feel good most of the time, when I get enough protein. I am very interested in the nutrition aspects of this.

One thing that has honestly been a life saver for me is that we resubscribed to Hello Fresh and Blue Apron. Both of which have vegetarian options, so they're sending me boxed meals every week while I am trying to figure out this crazy change. I got really bored of the same ol' meals, and love being able to spice things up. (You can get $40 off your first box of hello fresh with the code: 64C7H9)

So I guess my point for this post was to tell you, I've made a lifestyle change. For good. I don't know what parameters I'll put on it, but right now I am just trying to listen to my body and eat what I know makes me feel my best. If you're interested in learning more, or trying it out for yourself. I am doing a free "GO VEGAN" challenge next week on facebook where I'll share recipes and the science behind why I am doing what I am doing. I'd love to have you join us. You can email me for more info!

Happy Wednesday loves!



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