Monday, October 19, 2015

My 12 Year Vegeversary

Plant Based Diet

I can't believe I'm celebrating almost 12 years of being a vegetarian! That's about half my life! Two of those years I was a vegan, but I did it the unhealthy way (all the carbs and junk I could get ahold a not so great mindset in high school). 

Sometimes it's still difficult...going out to dinner, traveling, cooking with an omnivore boyfriend...but like everything in life, if something is important to you, it's a priority, you make it work. Yes, I have had to make sacrifices, yes I still struggle with not consuming dairy (and I believe in balance so I do eat cheese every now and then), but mostly I don't really think about it.

More recently I've been doing research on a whole foods, plant-based, oil free diet and I saw amazing results in how I felt, looked, and even spoke to others. 21 days of doing this and I was a completely different person. But then temptation came when there were family events, then Disneyland, my birthday, and my strict lifestyle became more lax.

Since I've dealt with eating, self-esteem, body image, and other issues in the past, I have found the best way to FEEL my best is a vegan diet. I really don't like labels because I think we are confined to them, but there are many varieties. I made a blog breaking down some of them, with a video on what I have found works best for me. Click here to view.

I know that on social media, we can get so caught up in categorizing, hash tagging, and putting each other into strict confines on who we are. When I get comments telling me I'm not a vegan, or a vegetarian, or plant based, it gets to me because I make it SO clear that I'm not trying to be in one category--I flip flop. I'm mainly plant based, but I'm human. We live in a world where meat is still rampant, where milk is consumed like crazy, and where I will probably get negative comments every single time I post about it. This is why I surround myself with like-minded people! If you're reading this, you're probably one of them! :)

I LOVE hearing about people raising their kids vegan. I LOVE looking at amazing vegan recipes. I LOVE hearing about people making the transition from omnivore to herbivore. I LOVE sharing my story with others in hopes that it will inspire them to take action. I LOVE my veggie goodness, my almond milk, my spinach, my vegan protein bars, my superfood vegan shake, my almond butter, my veggie burgers, my quinoa, my cleanses, and the fact that loving this and sticking to this is MY choice.

Vegan Lifestyle

It's funny that you can still get ridiculed for doing something you're so incredibly passionate about. I don't ask about your protein intake. I don't ask about how you get your veggies in everyday. I don't ask if you eat fast food. I am in charge of me, and you are in charge of you <3

I am proud of myself for sticking to something for this long and having zero regrets. Even if I have to order a side of potatoes at breakfast because there are only animal products on the menu, I will. Even if I have to bake a plant-based lasagna and bring it to a holiday dinner so I can eat something, I will. Even if I have to meal prep in order to travel, I will.

Everyone is passionate about some aspect of their lifestyle, whether that is working out, body building, farming, going to church, meditating, running a support group, doing hot yoga, not wearing shoes to class...

I mean I went to UC Santa Cruz, I've seen it all ;)

Some people are raised vegetarian or vegan, which I think is absolutely amazing. I made my own decision at 13 and have never strayed. And yes, I am very proud of that. Keep doing you, and never forget to LOVE YOURSELF!! <3


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