After 3 months, my friends and family are now asking me the question. Why did I go vegan? Becoming vegan for some was simply an overnight switch. Not an over thought moral decision, maybe for health reasons due to a doctor’s recommendation, or maybe just a simple choice. For many others it was (and still is) a journey that started with an idea that blossomed, and continued to grow into something so much greater. For me, it was the second.
With my first child I put on 39 lbs, and with my second 36 lbs. I’ll be totally honest. With my second I just wanted to get back into my skinny girl jeans. I started working out. I started with hot yoga, and I felt amazing. I felt as if I was cleansing my body, getting peace of mind, and the 98+ degree/60% humidity does help shed the weight and tone up your core. It wasn’t getting me back into those jeans fast enough though. Then I did P90X and Insanity 3-4 times a week. That started making a huge difference along with hot yoga, but still, I wasn’t getting there fast enough. I knew I had to change my diet. I knew I needed to educate myself prior to jumping into ‘the fad diet of the day’, or whatever diet regimen an exercise program told me was right. Little did I know that was the beginning of my journey.
I told a friend that I wanted to shed those last 12 lbs, but that I wanted to do it naturally. No pills or any of that mess. She recommended I read, “Skinny Bitch” by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin. She said the book was like candy, and had a super grainy, raw style. She also warned me. She said it would change the way I ate forever. I read it cover to cover on a work trip to Chicago. I started looking at food differently, but didn’t change my day to day. My awareness and conscious however started growing to the point I could feel it. I then read my second book, “The China Study” by T. Colin Campbell, PhD. This set off fireworks for me. I realized that the majority of what I’d been taught on nutrition from early to late school years, doctors, parents, friends, peers, media, government, confidants, you name it, was utterly false, and also morally wrong within my programmed set of beliefs. Like a light switch I became vegetarian the last week of May, 2011.
I was comfortable being vegetarian, but my mind wasn’t ready to go vegan just yet. I spent nearly 2 years as a vegetarian, and didn’t consume meat a single time after I made the change. Before my 2 year vegetarian anniversary, guess what, I started reading again. I never stopped, but I started reading more and more health and factory farm articles online from blogs and associations; I also started watching related videos. If you aren’t aware of the full life cycle of how a hamburger gets on your plate, how milk gets in your glass, or how your leather jacket is made, I highly encourage you to watch “Earthlings.” http://earthlings.com/?page_id=32 (Warning – graphic content about factory farms) This is just one of many iterations of video accounts of what happens on factory farms, but it’s one I can’t get out of my mind. It was eye opening, and I knew my eyes would never again be closed. More so, I knew I could never close my heart.
I became Vegan on May 5th, 2013. I can say with every fiber of my being that it was one of the easiest, and best decisions I have ever made. I feel amazing, I can tell my digestive system and body overall is working just as it was intended, I’m loving food more than ever, and my conscious is clear.
Yes, I did get back into my skinny girl jeans. I attained my original goal, and I’m in better shape today than ever before. By going vegan, I attained so much more than I could have ever imagined. I live every day knowing I’m doing what’s right for my health for today and long term, and I know I’m also making a big difference with a simple choice. Maybe it’s time for you to start your journey. It all starts with searching for the truth.
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