A little over a month ago, I made the decision to become Vegan. I have struggled with my weight for a while, and knew I had to do something about it. Not only to be more comfortable in my skin (and let’s face it, in clothes!), but to be healthier. I was starting to “feel” my age, whatever that is supposed to mean. I would hear people talk about how when you start getting older, your body just starts hurting more. They would talk about all of these aches and pains that come with age. I was starting to buy into that, and thinking that it was just a fact of life. But I wasn’t going to just let it happen to me, I wanted to do something about it. I want to be one of those people in their 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and beyond who are still killing it! I took control of my professional life, starting my own business for crying out loud; I could take control of my own body!
For a long time I had thought that I was “this close” to being a vegetarian, but never fully committed to it. I thought that maybe I’d be a pescetarian, someone who eats fish but no other meat. It would be easy to stop eating meat, but I would still be able to eat seafood, eggs, and my beloved cheese. Oh how I loved cheese. People would talk about how they were addicted to chocolate, or sweets in general and I would always say, “I could give up just about anything, but I could never give up cheese!” So I thought being a pescetarian sounded like something that was right up my alley.
But, instead of doing something about it, I continued feeding my body a bunch of horrible things. I was eating a lot of things that are harmful not only to me, but the planet as well, such as processed food, some meat, some seafood and dairy. I won’t go into all of the things that helped me come to this decision, suffice it to say, “I love animals”. I donate a portion of my profits to animal charities; I cry when animals are hurt in movies, I don’t kill bugs in my house - I “help” them out the door to freedom… (you get the picture).
I finally made the decision to become Vegan, and eliminate ALL animal products from my diet (including my beloved cheese). I was searching for books on my Kindle to get some more information on where to begin. I suddenly remembered that I had watched Alicia Silverstone on some talk shows when she was promoting her book about eating better. I found it on Kindle – it is called “The Kind Diet”. How wonderful is that title?
If you would have told me back in 1995 when she was starring in the movie Clueless, that one day she would be someone who’s providing me with information that would help me make a major life shift, I would have told you, you were crazy! Who’s crazy now!? She really knows what she is talking about and I admire her. Not only is her book an invaluable tool for my journey, she has a fantastic website as well.
For the first month, I made significant changes like cutting out processed foods, all animal products, including my beloved cheese. Honestly, I don’t miss the cheese! I know, I know, I wouldn’t have believed it either, but it’s true! Last night we cleaned out our pantry, made a plan for our meals, and made a commitment to start cooking at home again on a regular basis.
I will be sharing this journey with you and including you on my quest to find delicious and healthy meals.
Have you made any major life changes that you’d like to share - and any stories that could help others along the way?
I’d like to hear from you!