Going Vegan First Month

beach (2)There is a certain beauty in eating vegan. I would say it has its own magic even. I would love to tell you about my experience in not eating meat and animal products and how that affected my whole life.

I have to say that at first I wasn’t very interested or impressed by a no animal product diet. On the contrary, I was finishing a phase of eating a lot of great steaks with lemon butter and lots of chocolate, and I loved it. I did have twenty extra pounds, but I thought it was worth it. I just discovered the butter coffee, basically you put a teaspoon of butter in the coffee, nothing fancy, but if there was anything I could put butter in then I was on it. My love with butter. Voila. It was great, I felt satisfied all the time, life was sweet. Basically, I wasn’t going to be sold on any other diet, nothing could have been better.

What really got me is watching a video of people who looked like really, really healthy and they were eating an all raw diet. They could do it. They talked about lots of the problems I was dealing with, like headaches, back pain, lack of energy, which I thought were all natural and just signs of getting old (I’m in my thirties). They talked about feeling good all the time and waking up fresh and energetic, something I couldn’t fathom for years really. I couldn’t remember when the last time was that I woke up refreshed, maybe twenty years…

Either way, what really got to me is that eating all this steak and butter was making me feel uneasy. I knew it was too good to be true for this kind of approach to eating to ever be healthy for me. What scared me was that I started to feel uneasy, like feel my heart beat during the day. I felt extremely stuffed all the time and like a time ticking bomb. Not the best feeling in the world.

So I gave it a try. I never thought this could be for real.

Today is five weeks later, and I dropped several clothes’ sizes, I feel great, I wake up easier, sleep less, feel more invigorated , I have more energy consistently during the day. These are all great things. I love it.

What I didn’t expect was to have a whole new perspective on life.

I didn’t sign up for that, but whatever I signed up for, I am grateful.

I did not expect to have so much energy that I would change my plans for the future to incorporate this new found energy.

Because I feel better, and because of the way I feel, I found I am a different person. Before, I have to say, looking back , there was a lot of negative feeling to my thoughts, being so affected by work, by things I couldn’t accomplish. Now, I actually look at the things I can accomplish, realize, once again, something that I almost forgot, for a very long time : life is full of opportunity, sky is the limit.

I have to say that not eating meat makes me look at the environment around me differently. I can enjoy sunshine, as opposed to five weeks ago when the best option for me would have been a dark, cold room and a TV screen.

I remember what it used to be like going for a walk-twenty minutes of dragging my feet, waiting for the time when is over so I can go home and stuff my face, watch four hours of TV feeling good about myself because I went on a walk. Now however, it is a mystery where the trail can take us, the wind in the trees is attractive, the animals in the park make me curios and intrigued. I know for a fact that ‘back then’ if I went to a beach I would have been more concerned with the sweat dripping off my body than the birds flying in the sky and landing on a beam. Not anymore, I went to the beach and admired the seagulls .

I get it, these are small differences, but they are made out of magic. Things that literally you don’t think about. It really is like “you don’t know what you don’t know”. You think you would feel great if you were healthier and dealing with the same problems, but it isn’t so. You become a different person and the problems change or disappear.

I have to say that at first fruit was mostly what I ate. I know. Crazy. Who would have ever thought that fruit can fill you up. But it does.

The first morning I had to eat fruit for breakfast was kind of whimsy. I did it anyway. I sliced, diced, peeled, ate and then I felt great. All of a sudden I felt full, no cravings. Then lunch came around .Same thing. I did that for several days and surprise, surprise, I was still alive. Then I introduced hummus, veggies, whole grains, nuts, I even had the best dessert: date paste and walnuts. Finally I had a pig-out, and I will give you the recipe for the most satisfying pig-out I ever had, and five weeks later, I feel like a different person.

I have to say that eating fruits , veggies, grains, nuts is much easier than imaginable. For once, you won’t need any dishwasher soap. Second, your stove stays clean. Third, it is cheaper. Simpler. More doable than I thought.

I think one of the reasons why I stuck to the diet –besides the wonderful health benefits which I experienced-when it comes to the food, I never tried to make it something it is not. I never took a regular recipe and tried to create it without the animal products. I just started at scratch.  This is how I discovered my all time favorite meals. One of them (besides hummus, which is genius) is my whole wheat meal (I don’t have a name for it yet).

Here are my all time favorite meals

Whole wheat meal-  Whole wheat kernels, can also be pearled whole wheat. Boil until soft about 2 hours, then you drain the water, you put some mashed avocado ( which is literally mashed avocado ) and salt. Mix it all together. Feel the love.

Cucumber delight-( I named this one because it’s just so easy to describe it)-peel some English cucumbers, slice them, put lots of Himalayan salt on it, and squeeze lemon juice from half a lemon. Enjoy.

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