My Vegan Journey to Enlightenment Begins…

Last month, the week AFTER my 33rd birthday, I decided to begin a new adventure: that of becoming a vegan.

It is something I’ve been thinking about for a very long time – several of my friends have long been vegetarians, two of whom are now Vegans. My mom sent me a gift – the Alicia Silverstone book “the Kind Life”…I have to honestly say, and yes it sounds sort of ridiculous, but it changed my outlook on life. I was mocked on a diet website for thinking the book was insightful – and to those who are detractors of hers I say – read it before you judge. She has put herself and her beliefs out there to help people, and I for one am extremely grateful…..but I am not doing it because I want to follow the crowd. I am doing it as an experiment for myself.

I have many dietary issues it seems like – I feel like for the last several years nary a day goes by that I do not become uncomfortable or ill-use after having a meal. Meat and other animal related products have long been a huge part of my diet, but they make me feel like crap.

Additionally, I’ve been having odd occurrences…like I ate about a pound of almonds over a couple of days (maybe a week) and ended up looking like a porcupine…but I’ve tested negative for nut allergies. It’s called “sensitivity”. Whatever, it’s irritating.

So my mom came to visit for my birthday…and we’ve been pretty much cutting out all meat and animal related products save a couple: parmesan cheese, ranch dressing thus far are proving to be the most difficult…that and white sugar (aka the DEVIL).

What I am finding after about two weeks: when I eat white sugar, I get sick…it SUCKS. Furthermore, I am not getting sick after eating…I mean at all!! It’s so exciting! So far we are experimenting with things like Miso, Seitan, meatless crumble, soy ice cream and coconut ice cream (and bars – yum!). I don’t feel like I am being deprived. In fact, I feel better than I have in a really long time.

If it continues like this – I can’t imagine ever missing meat or any other animal related products (save the parmesan and ranch…working on those two!!).

Stay tuned 🙂

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