I’ve never been much of a writer, at least when it comes to writing about myself. But as I embark on this new chapter of my life I felt called to share it with complete strangers in the process. 🙂 My hubs and I just began our vegan lifestyle as of January 1st! And since making this change I already feel the universe calling on me to open my mind and share my experience in this new life on this platform.
Today I have been living my plant based diet successfully for a month (plus a few days)! And although I know that isn’t impressive at all, I do feel it is something to be proud of myself for! I will admit to you all here – I cheated once and ate cheese because it was still in the fridge. But in my defense, I hate to waste food and I hadn’t yet discovered Follow Your Heart cheese. We eventually offered the rest of our cow’s milk cheeses to our neighbors though. Omnivores for all our lives, we heard our calling to dive in and make this very important change in our diet! For our health, for the animals, and for the environment – this is without a doubt a win, win, win.
I was inspired to begin this blog because I made a decision last year to start listening more closely to the inner workings of my soul. I’ve always felt something deeper inside me than living for this material world that I grew up being taught was so important. “Go to college, get your fancy degree, get a fancy job, buy a fancy house, and fill it with fancy things – THAT is what makes you successful!” There have only been a couple of times that I have had life changing epiphanies, one of those being a day in November 2017 – something finally clicked and I realized in an instant that I was going to change certain aspects of my life because there were parts that no longer served me. And since then things have begun to naturally fall into place. One being the decision to become vegan. So I want to keep a log of my journey, connect with other soul searchers and maybe even inspire others to begin their vegan voyage as well! I hope to share what I have personally learned from my spiritual growth and continue checking in with monthly updates of our plant powered progress as young vegans.
It has certainly been an interesting month. With the help of beautiful friends and various social media platforms, we have officially bid good riddance to the consumption of all animal products! That’s actually one of the first things I noticed while making the switch – the unbelievable support system of vegans wanting other vegans to be successful. I honestly don’t know if I have ever felt so encouraged to do something good for myself. Friends I haven’t spoken to in years and folks I have never spoken to in my life are reaching out and even commenting on my Instagram posts of our dinner concoctions with words of encouragement, advice and praise for our lifestyle change. It’s truly been uplifting and even heart warming actually. But I think that’s really the basis of what veganism is about – you know, other than not eating animal excrement. It’s about being a good human in general. And what good of humans are we if we aren’t lifting other humans, ya know?
In absolute honesty, I have never in my life really looked at the ingredients in the foods I buy from the grocery store and put into my body. And wow, have I been living in the dark. Hubs and I had a fairly healthy diet pre-vegan. Don’t get me wrong – we LOVE to eat. We always have. I mean we live in the south so we love us some fried foods of course, but I’d have to say we really ate those kinds of things in moderation. But up until a little over a month ago, when we actually started prepping for our transition into veganhood, I never really cared to look on the back of the box for the ingredients! I was essentially just taking the front of the box’s word for it and trusting the advertisement – eek. I have been brainwashed by food companies for the longest time and I never would have understood that without making this change. I had never watched Food, Inc. or any of those other big food company documentaries until after we made the switch. If I’m being honest with myself, I have totally been avoiding these documentaries all these years. I knew I wouldn’t like the truth and I’ve been living in ignorant bliss swatting that inkling of truth away like an annoying housefly. The horrifically inhumane treatment of animals, the lies we’re being fed daily by false advertisements and commercials, the suspicious connections between these big money corporations and our government. It’s absolutely outlandish the amount of power these corporations have – and we’d rather live in the shadows than to face this head on. But I can’t say much…I let that fly buzz around for so long.
We’ve had a lot of fun experimenting with new foods and tweaking some of our most beloved recipes. The experimentation has been the most fun – we’ve always loved cooking (especially hubs) and trying new foods. I never thought chickpeas could be used in such a variety of delicious ways and I never knew jackfruit even existed! I’ve made a lot of yummy soups (it is Winter after all) and discovered the deliciousness that is the Gardein brand. I made my first ever black bean burger and baked the most delicious cauliflower crust pizza I have ever eaten in my life. I’m starting to develop a new and better relationship with food. My body has certainly felt this transition but after a few weeks I’m feeling back to normal. I no longer feel gross after meals or like I’ve overindulged. I am more aware of what is going into my body and I no longer feel guilty for consuming animal products! I feel more free and lighthearted about meals and that has done wonders for my conscience and my soul. I plan on sharing some of my favorite recipes so far as well as my new adventure embarking vegan baking – there’s a cheesecake in the works!
I’m so excited for this new chapter of my life and so excited to share with you every step of the way. I feel more in tune with my body, mind and soul than I have in quite some time – and that’s not just from my new diet, but through other aspects of my life that I will also open up about in blogs to come. I hope that if you are not content or happy with your life that you might decide to make a change for yourself as well.