I am so glad to finally share my journey and why I went Vegan in 2018! For years, many people encouraged me to try it, however I realized this - you can’t force someone to do something they don’t want to do! Being vegan was never appealing to me. Yes I wanted to live a healthy lifestyle, but dang, not that healthy! Many people believe being vegan is eating grass and sticks all day and after doing my 21 day journey, I found that to be the farthest from the truth.
So why did I finally decide to go Vegan? It all started toward the end of 2017 when I truly started to develop a strong desire and deep conviction to change what I was eating. One day I went to the grocery store and was in the red meat aisle about to get some meat. All of the sudden (no exaggeration), I looked at a huge slab of ribs and got lightheaded! I almost gagged and wanted to throw up! This had never happened before. If anyone knows me, knows I can tear up some ribs! When I saw those ribs that day, all I could see is me eating another creatures ribs. I thought why would I want to eat another walking creature's ribs or guts! Gross!
Although I had that semi-dramatic episode in Ralphs grocery store that day, I brushed it off and tried to forget about it. The next week, I went to the grocery store. To my surprise, I had the same reaction while walking past the ribs! I happened to be with the same person and they looked at me and asked what was wrong. I explained to them I couldn’t help it. Over the next weeks, the disgust began to grow and I stopped eating red meat. This was the first step.
So in March of this year, Rob and I randomly watched a documentary one Sunday afternoon. Now I’ve seen many documentaries where cows and pigs are getting slaughtered and chickens are getting strangled and I would still drive myself to Popeyes fried chicken right after and order a two piece. However this time it was different. After watching the documentary I cried for 15 minutes straight! Not because of the animals (yes I love the animals), but because I thought “God has given me one life to live.” All these years I had been eating whatever I wanted to eat and not honoring the life and body God gave me. I would eat emotionally at times which is the worse kind of eating and make excuses for eating a ton of junk. This only made me more emotional and stressed out! You can’t want abundant life and constantly eat death. What you sow, you will reap. This is a universal principal and law. If you sow into eating healthy, you will have good health. If you sow into bad and poor eating habits, you will harvest bad health and sickness.
High-blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, high cholesterol and most diseases can all be connected in some way to your eating habits.
I realized that eating unhealthy is selfish. Yes I said it. It’s selfish. Why? Because if you have kids, a spouse, family, friends and people that depend on you, why would you eat bad to potentially prematurely cut your life short? Not saying if you eat healthy you will live forever and never get sick. However when you do eat healthy it is one less thing to worry about as a factor.
Moreover, during those 21 days I began to learn more about the human body. A meat eater, like photographed above on the left, has a longer small intestine while non-meat eaters like Koalas have a shorter one. A human's stomach looks like the image on the right. Now I am no doctor or scientist here, but it did begin to have me wonder, "Were we all created to be herbivores?"
When I decided to go Vegan for 21 days, I did it for ME. Not anyone who else. On a basic level, being Vegan is not eating any meat, eggs or dairy. It's eating foods that are mostly plant based. Some people get real serious and do other stricter diets within these confines but this is just where I am currently. I don’t eat meat anymore and probably will never go back. I also don’t eat eggs, regular milk or blatant diary anymore. I say blatant dairy because I am still looking for good alternatives for like Caesar and Ranch dressing, which normally have dairy, and other similar products that may have a little dairy that are already included within the ingredients. I am still in the process of finding the best alternatives for products like that. So comment below for any suggestions you may have!
Since going Vegan, other than smoothies and salads, some of my favorite recipes are Vegan Gumbo, Veggie Burgers, Pastas and Jackfruit Tacos and Burritos I feel great, I have been so much more productive and am discovering some BOMB recipes. I love southern cooking so I try to implement that a lot into my cooking style. Everyone’s been asking me for recipes. However give me a little time. Once I perfect them I will share!
What are your thoughts on going Vegan? How important is it to you to eat healthy? Comment below and share your thoughts and stories!