Welcome to my blog. If you’re contemplating adopting a vegan lifestyle, but are facing some of the same challenges as I am, I hope my journey will help you combat some of the uncertainties. I will start by writing that my motivating factor to adopting a totally vegan lifestyle is a moral/ethical one. It is based solely on my love and compassion for animals. All animals! For many years, I was a vegetarian on-and-off. I would eat fish, justifying that because of some challenging health issues, I needed the protein.
I would spend a month at a time eating and drinking only raw foods (which consisted only of fruit and vegetables), yet I’d still go out of the house rocking a Prada handbag and Louboutin shoes. Quite the hypocrite (I know, I know!).
I face the following challenges in my quest to adopting and sticking to totally vegan lifestyle (maybe some of you can relate):
- My penchant of high-end designer shoes and handbags (and if I can afford it, clothes). This probably comes off as superficial (and maybe it is), but I don’t think of it as that. I live and work in Miami. In my line of business, both in marketing and real estate, dernier cri works symbiotically with one’s professional skills. Plus, I really do love fashion, and love to accessorize high-end items with inexpensive clothes. Though when I am not out meeting with clients, my go to outfit (or as my mother refers to it– my uniform) is a t-shirt and sweat pants (totally vegan, but not conducive for work). I have to be honest though, nothing made me feel better after a bad health day, than a fabulous handbag to add to my collection. (I’ll be searching out alternatives and posting them).
- A combination of a debilitating health issue (I’ve suffered from for the last twenty years), glucose intolerance and hypothyroidism. I mention this, because, I’ve spent the majority of my life either in severe pain, or feeling very sluggish. Protein has always been an issue. The first thing you think of as a vegetarian or a vegan (well at least I did) is how will I consume a sufficient amount of protein?! After at least a dozen surgeries, chemotherapy, and battles with extreme weight gain and then weight loss, diet of one kind or another somehow always seems to be at the center of my life. It’s all-encompassing, to be quite honest.
While I’ve gone on juicing fasts for up to 60 days at a time, I found myself craving protein. After years of research and experimenting as a vegetarian (and finding out that I feel much better eating gluten-free meals), I am not a big fan of anything soy related. I don’t think it’s that healthy for me. I put on weight eating heavily soy based meals. I feel my sugar fluctuated too much, and I just did not feel great eating it. So…. soy based foods will more than likely not be included in most of my meals.
So, my menu for today was:
- Tea and fresh mint
- Fresh carrot juice
Lunch & Mid Day Snack:
- Fresh cut up banana and blueberries, topped with a raw cashew creamy milk base (I blended two handfuls of raw cashews in about a cup of filtered water, used half on my fruit, and kept the other half in the fridge for tomorrow)
Dinner (Because it was a very late dinner, I tried to keep it as light as possible):
- Fresh cut up salad (organic lettuce, tomatoes, red onion and a little corn), drizzled with olive oil, fresh organic lemon juice, salt and pepper
- Baked potato wedges, drizzled with same dressing as salad above (I was craving carbs)
I loved every bite of each meal I had. I felt satisfied, and felt refreshed throughout the entire day.
I think for me, as an animal lover, as a person who has spent the last 18 years of my life rescuing sick, abused and abandoned cats and dogs (and some farm animals too), I have finally had the guts to stare at myself in the mirror, and call my hypocrisy out! I saw a beautiful picture of a cow asking a dog, why do they choose to love you, but not me? What is the difference between a cow, or a pig, or a dog? Nothing! They are all intelligent beings. All have souls. They all have a nervous system, they all feel pain. They all feel fear. Every time I rock a designer handbag, I am doing it at the horrific cost of an animal’s life. Every time I cooked meat while entertaining guests (even though I was a vegetarian), my guests feasted on delicious menus, while the cows and chickens I fed them were slaughtered in the most inhumane ways.
It is for the above reasons that I have decided to stop being part of the problem. To face myself in the mirror, call myself out for the vegetarian impostor I was, and decide to live a more moral and ethical lifestyle. Though something tells me that although road to this vegan journey will start off on the path of morality, I will eventually end up on the path of a spiritually fulfilled adventure.
One final thought…. I do not plan on ever being one of those animal rights/vegan advocates (not that I ever was) that judges others for their choices, or calls them out on it. This blog documentation of my path to veganism is meant solely to be a supportive guide for others thinking of following a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle.
Thanks for reading this, and I look forward to your comments and SUPPORT!