Facts About My Vegan Diet
My Vegan Diet.
Yep, that's right, mine. Not yours and not anyone else's, but MINE! The choices I make are the ones that feel right for my body & soul, and may not be the choices that would feel right for you. I feel strongly about promoting a way of life that is in line with finding your best self and feeling & looking your best, but this doesn't mean that I'm promoting a super strict vegan diet. And listen people, I am not perfect, nor do I strive to be! Perfect is boring!! I'm hoping to inspire a shift in perspective when it comes to what we think is a "complete" meal. To challenge the concept that protein=meat. And to show the "I could never live without cheese" folk (I was one of them), that actually you CAN and it feels GOOD!
So, with that said, I'm stepping down from my soapbox and sharing a few facts about my vegan diet that might surprise you!
I Have (waaaaay) More Energy!
The proof is in the chia pudding here, folks! The difference in how much energy I have now, versus pre-vegan is insane. And keep in mind that I became vegan just after giving birth, so I actually get the least amount of sleep I've ever gotten. I used to wonder how I would ever fare having a child because I couldn't fathom waking up so early. I would have to set an alarm to wake up by 10am, and at times it felt impossible to get out of bed just to sit on the couch! And here I am now, up super early, with my girl all day, doing a Broadway show at night until 10:30pm, and with the most pep in my step I've ever had! My body isn't wasting energy on breaking down and digesting food that is tough on my system. Now I absolutely love my early mornings and actually can't wait to go to sleep, just so I can wake up and do it all again!
I Eat Carbs!
So many people say, "So, you don't eat any bread?!" Ummmmm, hell yes, I eat bread! I just don't eat that junky processed sugary shit. I love sprouted Ezekiel bread and eat it every morning slathered with Earth Balance buttery spread. I also eat pasta and rice on the regular. Bread and pasta and rice are the perfect base to pile on tons of veggies and it's a way for me to stay creative with my recipes. Kale pesto over pasta, stir-fried veggies over rice, veggie burrito bowls, wilted greens & tomatoes with noodles are all staples in my house. And how about my Avocado Toast?! Pretty much a perfect food. Carbs are welcome in my belly as long as I'm getting plenty of veg to go along. Bring on the pasta!
I Crave Salad!
Ok, so I know I sound (slightly) annoying when I say this, but since becoming vegan I crave salad! I try to eat at least one salad every day and when I don't, I am craving greens so hard. Or how bout when I'm hungover, alllllllll I want is salad! I could eat my Green on Greens salad everyday! It used to be a sausage, egg & cheese on a biscuit (vom), but now salad is what heals me. It's honestly the basis to why this diet works for me. It keeps me regular, people! No more rotting inside my gut that leaves me feeling sluggish and just overall nasty. Of course, this didn't happen over night. It takes a few weeks after trying a plant based diet for your body to detox and shift those sugar cravings into veggie cravings. But the shift is real, y'all! I could never have imagined that a salad would feel like an indulgence and not a chore. Salad has become not only what I need, but what I want!
I Cut Myself Slack.
Now here's where I become controversial. I am OVER punishing myself. Setting strict (impossible) dietary rules on myself is the root of why I have struggled for many years of my life in regards to making good food choices. On a constant train of obsessing over what I was gonna eat, what I did eat, and what I swore I would never eat again. I was so committed to punishing myself over my food habits, which only led me to act out and eat more and more shit food. It was all one big cycle of self sabotage, and in all honesty, I truly believe that changing your body begins with changing your mind. I decided that I loved my body and I wanted to do right by it. Since becoming vegan, there have been times that I have taken a bite of a burger, or eaten something that I knew was sautéed in butter. I am a person who needs to test my limits. To find out for myself. On my path, I listen to my body and what it wants, and I refuse to punish myself or consider myself any less health or socially conscious. And ya know what? The few times that I have "fallen off the wagon", It only reiterated why I made this plant based shift in the first place. It didn't feel good, It didn't taste good, and it left my gut angry. But instead of punishing myself, I just kept it moving and made another salad!
I Am Supported.
This is a big one for me. When I was silently considering becoming vegan, one of my fears was what others would think of me. I was afraid that people would think that I took myself too seriously, or that people wouldn't take me seriously at all! I thought that restaurants wouldn't be accommodating and that if I were to ask for something, that I would be seen as annoying or high maintenance. I thought that it would be impossible to ever satisfy both me and my husband (not vegan), when it came to cooking at home. And boy was I wrong! I have found that I am supported in my choices! Most people are very interested in learning more about plant based diets upon learning my way of life. Restaurants are more than happy to steer me in the right direction or make adjustments to meet my needs. Thomas and I eat happily at home together, and dare I say, he eats much less meat now! One of my favorite things though, is that I feel like I have inspired others around me to take a second look at what they're eating and why they're eating it. I have friends and family members who try to incorporate vegan meals into their lives, and even some people that have fully made the shift to a fully plant based diet.
In the end, I hope for everyone to live their best lives and to make choices that serve themselves on the highest level, whatever that may be. We are all individuals that pave our own way, and the world will be a better place when we lift each other up and celebrate our individualities!