I have been a practicing Vegan since July 1st y’all!
I say “practicing” because although I have been flirting with the idea of going vegan for a couple of years now, I still want to transition to this lifestyle in a way that makes sense. I also acknowledge that fact that I will possibly make
hella mistakes in this vegan journey, but so far, so good (besides those crabs I ate on July 4th 😐 ).
Early last month, I decided to eliminate dairy from my diet for the entire month of July just because I wanted to see if I would feel any better or different. Feeling similar to how I felt once I first eliminated land meat from my diet, which included me not feeling weighed down and sluggish, is the goal so I can remain motivated to continue the path of dairy-freeness.
Well, since doing a bit of research and talking to Vegans close to me, I realized there wouldn’t be any immediate results because my body is currently detoxing all of the dairy I’ve been consuming. I’m not sure of what’s all going on in my body, but I am aware I’m:
- discarding a lot of mucus that seems to be coming from no where,
- extra tired and always ready for a nap,
- a little more gassy than normal, and
- having a baby breakout on my face that I hope doesn’t get out of control.
I’m also currently recovering from head cold with some chest congestion, which I find weird because I don’t get sick often anymore, especially in the middle of summer. I’m mentioning this cold because I really find the timing to be very coincidental, and I’m STILL blowing and coughing up A LOT of mucus (sorry if that’s a little gross).
HOW ARE YOU TRANSITIONING TO VEGAN?
Earlier I mentioned I’ve been flirting with the idea of going vegan for a while now. In fact, when I cut out meat in January 2015, that was my first step of transitioning to a vegan lifestyle. Losing my mom to cancer and seeing how many others in my family were suffering from what I felt were preventable diseases are the sole contributing factors to my decision to change my diet. You couldn’t and still can’t tell me what we eat and put on our bodies doesn’t affect our overall health.
Overtime, processed foods were pretty much left in the aisles, and I began increasing my fresh fruit and veggie intake. I switched to drinking and cooking with nut-based milks or coconut milk. Dairy yogurt was eliminated from my shopping list. I began getting freaked out at the thought of eggs and what they are. I also began researching the vegan lifestyle and frequenting vegan restaurants.
The only thing stopping me was my love of cheese. I couldn’t fathom the thought of Chipotle burrito bowls without extra cheese and sour cream. Don’t get me started on never enjoying baked mac and cheese during Sunday dinners/the holidays again. Also, the fact the Mike wasn’t interested in joining this vegan lifestyle with me like he did when we went vegetarian together discouraged me a bit as well.
Mike’s participation changed after we watched the “What The Health?” documentary on Netflix. I won’t go into detail about it, but just know it exposes some truths about the foods we are consuming. I guess putting the spotlight on these truths are making folks re-evaluate their eating habits. Although I have some questions about the information the film provides, I’m happy it got Mike with the program. LOL
Over the last few months, I’ve lost two more family members to cancer. I’m really just tired of this bitch ass disease. Now more than ever, I’m ready to make the changes needed to ensure I live a better quality of life. A life free of tons of medications and hospital visits down the line. Now, that I have hubs on board to take this journey with me, ain’t no stopping us!
Gradually adjusting to a plant-based lifestyle has been in the works for a while. Luckily, Mike and I aren’t making any drastic changes. If everything goes like it should, we will be real-life Vegans by 2018! That’s if we get through our upcoming trips and family holiday dinners.
Are you considering transitioning or have already transitioned to a plant-based diet? Let me know how that’s going for ya.