Switching over to a plant-based diet is by far one of the greatest decisions I have ever made. Not only did I lose weight, gain energy, and a newfound love of living…
It also opened my heart and mind to the path of compassion. I originally chose to become vegan because of my deep love for animals and this beautiful planet, mother earth. Nowhere in my mind was I considering my own health.
I decided to start eating vegan after watching a documentary called “Vegucated.” If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend watching it (available on Netflix). I could not believe how much I had been living in the dark before seeing this film. It highlighted everything from health benefits, to the impact on the earth, to the treatment of the animals in the food industry. If you don’t want to sit for a documentary and are still unaware of the impact eating animals has, here’s a short clip to sum it up for you:
At the time I made the switch, I was severely depressed and suicidal. I felt my life was worthless, but I knew now I could still make a difference for others. I now had the motivation and information I needed to start making the world a better place for animals, nature, and those around me simply by changing the way I cook my meals.
It was hard at first. At the time, I disliked most fruit and vegetables. It took me 4 months after I decided to finally cut cheese from my diet (eventually just losing the taste for it). I became what most call a “junk food vegan,” eating mainly prepackaged “chik’n” nuggets and boca patties. I began experimenting slowly with new foods as I went along, and soon started to develop a desire to become healthier in this lifestyle.
Through a lot of trial and error in the kitchen and several Pinterest boards, I learned how to work with nature’s gifts and create meals I could enjoy and share with others. The weight started to come off, and a lot of love for myself and the world around me took its place. The lifestyle of veganism has allowed me to overcome depression, heal my self image, relate to others on a deeper level, and be conscious of and improving my impact on the world around me.
Veganism opened my heart on a very deep level. It taught me to treat others the way I wished to be treated, and to treat myself the way I felt I deserved to be treated. It allowed me to think past diet in ways of lessening my carbon footprint. It developed a lasting and growing capacity for love of this beautiful planet and all of its inhabitants. I have also been blessed with growing intuitive abilities as I navigate my way through life. Never before have I felt so blessed, guided, and full of love. Before veganism, I was at rock bottom. Now, I am always growing and expanding upwards.
I share this with you because this month is World Vegan Month. When you sit at the table to eat your meals, be aware of what is on your plate. How much plant food is there? Everyone should strive to make plants at least 80% of their diet. Even try eating a fully vegan meal every day (or go a day to a week fully vegan!) Doing something this simple could make a tremendous positive impact on the planet, making it a better environment for all of us and generations to come. If you’re feeling very adventurous, I challenge you to go this whole month eating plant-based meals. I promise, it is much easier than you think. If you need advice, you can contact me!
If veganism is not something you feel you could commit to, I understand. Not everyone is ready for it. Please just be aware of where you are sourcing animals and their byproducts from. Get in touch with local farmers. Go hunting yourself and thank the animals for the sacrifice of their lives for yours. In the mean time, check out this list of documentaries on how effective plant based diets are:
and this website created by Dr. Michael Greger, M.D. FACLM, who with his team, scours the latest science and medical journals to answer the question haunting today’s society, “What is the healthiest diet?”
and before you even ask about protein: