Where I was, Why I did it, What happened, What I’ve learned & Where I plan to go.
Clearly I have A LOT to say on this subject, seeing as it was my inspiration to create this blog! I’m going to go into quite a bit of detail in this post, because I am feeling reflective and I think I owe it to myself and to any blog readers who are contemplating lifestyle change.
Where I was:
According to my Instagram account, 52 weeks ago I posted my first vegan dinner, some lettuce wraps with spicy peanut dipping sauce. That was actually delicious and I haven’t made them since… I should get on that! I can’t believe it’s already been a year. And what a year it has been! Putting the food I consume aside, this year has been extremely transformative. Last June this is where I was at:
- One year of being a college graduate in the working world.
- One year of being a transplant in San Diego.
- 6 months of being an engaged woman.
I remember feeling utterly aware of the fact that I was transitioning into real adulthood. I spent time contemplating how I want my adult life to be. I spent time focusing and meditating on the things I wanted to manifest in my life. (I have been an avid believer in the Law of Attraction ever since reading The Secret in high school- if you haven’t yet, go read this book).
Here is a list of those things I wanted to manifest:
- A life abundant in love and happiness.
- To be the best person I can be in the way I treat myself, others, the environment, and the universe.
- To be an inspiration, a role model, and someone I can be proud to be.
- To feel wholeness, connected, and at peace with the universe and my role in it.
- To feel confident, happy, and beautiful in my own skin.
Why I Did it:
A question I get often is “Did you start being vegan as a wedding diet?”. The honest answer is yes and no. Definitely, I wanted to look my best in my wedding dress, but that reason doesn’t really begin to scratch the surface of why I switched to a plant based diet.
It was about a lifestyle change. It was a way to say, hey I care about myself, about animals, and about the environment. What we decide to put in our mouths is one of the few things in this life we truly have control over. And I decided to really spend some time educating myself on the subject. If you are looking for resources to start this journey, I compiled a short list in my very first blog post here.
I had actually ran my first half marathon a month before going plant eater. I still wasn’t at where I wanted to be physically even though I was being very active, so I knew it had to do with my diet. And it wasn’t even like I was eating junk food, I thought I was a healthy eater. But when I started to understand that meat has no fiber and just sits rotting in your intestinal track, it clicked. And when I started to understand that humans have no business consuming the milk of another animal, and how we are the only species to do so and to even consume dairy past infancy is weird, it clicked.
After learning what I had learned, I knew I had to give it a try. And it was easier than I could have imagined. It just made sense. After one week, I felt a tremendous difference. So much energy. No guilty associations with eating. Really, the act of eating for the first time felt nourishing. I felt the difference almost immediately, but it took a few months to start seeing the difference physically. If the motivation for eating this way was simply only about appearance, I might not have stuck with it.
But I was confident in the decision and patient. I didn’t step on a scale until a doctors appointment on Halloween, so I don’t know how much weight I lost in that time. I judged my progress by appearance rather than weight- between June and October I’m guessing I dropped somewhere around 10 pounds and a few inches around my waste especially. Between November and May I lost another 20 pounds. So yes, be patient and you will get the results you are looking for! It takes time to clean out years of toxicity, but once you are “clean” the weight comes off rapidly and stays off as long as you don’t put toxic junk back into it!
In a nutshell this is what happened in one year of being vegan:
- I dropped somewhere around 30 pounds
- My digestive problems basically disappeared.
- My energy level increased.
- I rediscovered my passion for food and cooking.
- I feel happy, comfortable, and confident in my own skin.
- I feel connected to the earth, and harmony with all living things, as corny as that sounds lol.
What I Learned:
- I am stronger than I know.
- Doing what is right takes courage.
- Following your heart will lead you where you are meant to go.
Where I Plan to Go:
It’s funny. People ask me now that my wedding has come and gone if I plan to “stay vegan.” The honest answer is yes and no. Do I plan to keep a plant-based diet? Absolutely!
I guess I was never really vegan in the first place because I consume organic, local honey (sue me). It is good for allergies and I don’t feel I am adding to animal suffering, these Bee keepers are some compassionate folks and I am proud to give them my business.
As of July 1st I will be living in Eugene, Oregon which has to be one of the most vegan friendly places to live anywhere! I am so excited. In my second year as a “vegan” my goals are to:
1. Grow my own food in my garden (because I’ll have the land for it finally!). I have experience gardening that I acquired in college with gardening and urban farming. I can’t wait to get my hands back in the soil!
2. Own chickens! Our cute little newlywed cottage has a built in chicken coop! We are going to get 3-4 chickidies 🙂 I can’t wait. Will I eat my own chicken’s eggs? I have a few months to think about it because we want to get chicks so they won’t be laying eggs for awhile. I’m really undecided at this point but I think I’d be fine with using them in baking recipes, especially for Challah every Friday for Shabbat dinner. I don’t really envision eating omelets or anything but I can’t predict the future.
3. Run a full marathon! It’s going to happen :).
Wow, if you have read this far, thanks for caring! If you have any questions at all about anything feel free to leave a comment or message me!