She Vegan but She Still Thick
Word to YG for spitting my favorite line of 2017 in the most ratchet song of 2017, albeit my favorite ratchet song of 2017.
One of my favorite things about 2017 was that almost everyone around me became super aware of their health and how the things they were consuming affected them. Just like I don't ever lead conversations by expressing my religious views or with my rendition of I Will Always Love You, I hardly ever start out with my choice to be vegan. This is because the conversation then leads to opinions, personal "diet" horror stories and just things I never asked for ALL because I didn't want the parmesan crusted chicken at lunch.
While there are so many aspects and key points in my journey to becoming vegan I'll keep this short and get to the point. A little over four years ago I decided to become vegetarian and I was the worst vegetarian there ever could be. I became a self-proclaimed world renowned pasta, cheese and bread connoisseur. I thought I was doing a great job with my whole grains and getting precious protein from fine cheeses & treating myself with organic milk ice creams. I thought I was too on.
Everything I ever knew about eating healthy included protein, milk, vegetables and fiber. Balanced meals this, milk for strong bones that. So that's what I did and sure enough, it was actually killing me. I've never been diagnosed with anything and my ailments were never serious enough to see a physician but WebMD and I figured out that I probably had the leaky gut syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome & more. To sum it up I had digestive issues that were caused by dairy and gluten. (Yes, gluten intolerance is real but that's another post for another day). I tried it all: magnesium, eat for your blood type, probiotics, aloe vera, etc. While all of these are indeed remedies for most gut issues, I wasn't finding consistent relief. I'd bloat, I'd be exhausted soon after eating (not just the -itis- I'm talking MF TIEEDD), I'd be congested the next more morning and I'd go number two infrequently.
I literally wouldn't feel well but since ice cream and Cheez Itz taste that damn good I refused to stop eating my problematic gluten- dairy faves. Over this past summer, like everyone else who subscribes to Netflix, my boyfriend and I watched What the Health and What's with Wheat. These documentaries started a lot of really good conversations and changed the way most people around me interacted with what they were consuming. Moreover, it caused controversy where "health gurus" were seeking to debunk the idea of eating solely what comes from the ground. And this is where I can say with my whole self, this is why I am vegan:
Along with how good I feel without consuming meat and dairy, as a human being, I see no point in consuming meat or dairy to sustain an active life.
That's it. Nothing profound. I just feel good now. I no longer have digestive issues. I no longer have clouded thoughts. I have so much energy without energy drinks.
I am one of those people who feels everyone should be vegan, while also calling global market to focus on growing organic produce & herbs, while also supplying the entire world with clean water. But for some reason, the idea of this has become a political notion rather than just one of the many solutions for healthy living so I keep this to myself. These are absolutely my opinions that are backed by lots of research and trial & error.
Everyone's favorite question now is "what do you eat?"
I eat what grows from the earth (that was pretty profound, or nah?). I eat fruits and vegetables that are in season. I cook a lot and I snack a lot. Sometimes I binge on dark chocolate covered peanut clusters or kettle corn. Most times I drink a lot of green juices and kombucha teas. But trust it's doable. I am a creative millennial (reclaiming the word), who is literally always on the go who makes it work. I'm hella excited to share more of how I do it, where I do it, and who I do it with (I'm still talking about this vegan thing, y'all)!
If you've read this far, thank you, you a real one. All that to say, stay tuned for my many tips and hacks as a millennial vegan.
PS. More answers to your questions: No, I do not feel like I'm missing out on anything. No I'm not on a diet, no I don't wanna just cheat this one time & no I'm not hungry all the time (: