Happy Friday y’all! Hope this post finds you happy, flu-free, and ready to have a great weekend. Will has the majority of this weekend off so we’ll probably head to the farmer’s market and (if I can find some tickets) the WVU vs. Kentucky basketball game!
I get lots of messages asking about my diet and why I went veganish so I thought I’d share my story on how and why I live a plant-based life!
It’s on the lengthier side this week…
Why I Did It
If you knew me prior to becoming a mommy you would never believe I’m as healthy as I am today. Seriously. I grew up thinking pasta was a healthy meal and I never met a cheeseburger I didn’t like. I didn’t really have to worry about it either since I danced a million hours a week and had a good metabolism.
It got worse when I was pregnant. I couldn’t keep anything with any nutritional value down. Eloise was pretty much made off of Mcgriddles and Oreos. Which (I think) plays a huge part in why we’re both so healthy today… & why I gained 60+ lbs lol.
Then one hot summer day, (July 12) Will and I turned on a documentary on Netflix called “What the Health”… and it ruined my life. I had no idea the Five Guys cheeseburger I ate for dinner that night would be my very last. Even though I know it’s a bunch of exaggerated content pushing a vegan agenda, it has still ruined food for me. So now I’m mostly vegan. I say mostly because I’ll still indulge in sushi or salmon or a (non-vegan) cookie every once in a while but I definitely don’t enjoy it as much as I used to *flashbacks to the documentary.*
I feel bad because I want so badly to say I made the switch because of the animals and Mother Nature and blah blah blah but in reality, it just grosses me out. I am happy my decision helps animals and Mother Nature though!
I’m also back to my pre-pregnancy weight and I feel great! I don’t even crave animal products, I actually crave veggies.
How I do it
Most supermarkets have an awesome selection of vegetarian/vegan options if you look! We don’t live anywhere near a Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s (no matter how many emails I’ve sent them in the past two years) but our neighborhood Kroger has everything we need. There’s also this cute little mom & pop vegan grocery downtown- where these photos were taken!
Will would become vegan in a heartbeat but he needs the extra protein and calories due to how hard he pushes his body. He eats whatever I make + some chicken and extra carbs- So it’s really simple to do for families who are on different diet plans.
Eloise is easy. She’s probably one of the healthiest kids I know. She loves fruits and veggies and I rarely give her anything sugary or processed. I’m not very strict about what she eats but I do feed her a mostly plant-based diet since she eats pretty much whatever I do!
It’s also cost-friendly! I don’t know where veganism got the reputation of being a luxury because it’s really not expensive. In fact, I’ve found vegan substitutes are often cheaper. It’s also important to know for every food you think you’ll miss, there’s most likely a vegan substitute!
It’s been over six months so I have gotten a bit bored of my quick and easy go-to options but it’s super easy to switch up. There are so many vegan recipes at my fingertips and I’ve even ordered a few cookbooks on Amazon.
*I’ve shared some recipes on my Instagram Stories but I’ll probably dedicate a blog post to my favorites in the near future.*
Making the Transition
I think in order to make the transition it’s best to either watch something that will completely ruin it for you like I did (LOL) or ease your way into it. Maybe try cutting out dairy for a week and go from there. Trust me, you’ll feel, and usually see, the difference!
It’s also important to plan your meals for the day, or at least get an idea of what you’re going to eat and when, so you don’t find yourself in a moment of hanger (hunger+anger) and weakness. It’s super easy to do and it gives you peace of mind.
When I go out to eat I normally look at the menu before hand so I’m not overwhelmed. Most restaurants cater to all diet restrictions these days. If you find yourself at an establishment that doesn’t, you’ll be sure to find a few things you can make work!
It’s also important to make sure you’re getting the right vitamins. Cutting out animal products means missing out on certain nutrients like vitamin D so be sure to do your research and take some supplements daily!
Lastly, don’t beat yourself up if you slip at first! It’s okay to indulge. It’s okay to to get off track for a second. Your body will thank you in the long run; You’re doing your best to give it all the goodness and nutrition it needs!
I hope this was helpful! Catch y’all next week.
Photos by Alex King