My journey to going vegan was not a conscious choice at the beginning. Rather, it was a slow, step-by-step and gradual process.
Let me explain :)
I had been on a destructive path with my body for years. I was eating whatever my body craved (not the same as listening to your body). I was eating to comfort myself, and basically never moving my limbs (exercising), unless I really had to.
I came to a point where I decided I was over feeling tired and sluggish. I wanted to live long and feel vibrant each moment along the way. I started by simply eating more fruits and vegetables. In general, I don’t work well with restrictions (does anyone?!) so, I never restricted myself by eliminating the foods I loved. Instead, I chose to focus on making sure I fuelled my body with the vitamins and nutrients it needed to thrive. At the beginning of my journey, that included meat.
This is the point in my story where I began making the transition to a plant based lifestyle.
While I was focused on fuelling my body with nutritious and balanced meals, I had started cutting down on my meat consumption. I was eating at least one meatless meal per day and, while that might not sound like a big deal, it was for me! For me, a meal didn’t feel complete unless there was meat in it.
Eventually, I started having green smoothies for breakfast and, almost without even trying, I cut eggs out too.
At this point, I was feeling so good I decided to dig deeper into this whole vegan thing. I was already following a few vegans on Instagram for the great recipe ideas they shared. Up to this point, I consiously ignored any ethical comments because I truly believed we were supposed to eat meat.
Eventually, I had my first meatless day. I didn’t know what to do with myself! Seriously….I thought I needed meat, so I could hardly make sense of the fact that I was feeling so incredibly good and yet, I was eating very little meat. I had cut out all dairy products at the beginning because they upset my stomach. The only two animal products I was still eating during this period were mayonnaise and eggs.
I started researching and began learning more about why I was feeling so incredible. It turns out, meat isn’t good for our bodies. The milk of a cow is actually made for a baby cow and not a human being. I read as much as I could but I wanted to know more. I watched Cowspiracy, Forks Over Knives and, Vegetated. And that was it.
I was completely done with all animal meat, dairy and by-products for ever.
It was, and remains to be, the right thing to do.
I now feel such a beautiful connection to the world I live in and all living beings who reside here. I feel a deeper connection to God and all of His creations, simply through choosing to eat what is good for my temple.
If you are not vegan, hopefully from reading my story, you know I understand and would not judge you. If you have any questions about becoming vegan or about my vegan lifestyle, please don’t hesitate to contact me.