One of the most asked questions I receive is “why and how did you become vegan?”The decision to become a vegan was hands down the best decision I have ever made. I ate extremely unhealthy for what feels like most of my life. I ate an abundance of horrible, simple carbs, had meat with what felt like every single meal, drank a glass of chocolate milk every morning, ate McDonald’s and pizza almost daily the summer before I entered high school, consumed so much pop throughout my childhood and ate junk food like it was going out of style… cookies, chips, candy, chocolate, you name it – I was devouring it! In high school, I was drinking almost every weekend, which was full of sugar and empty calories… And every night of drinking lead to binge eating fast food in the early hours of the morning. I was at least 5-10 lbs heavier throughout high school, which is not a significant amount but surely shows when I look back at old photographs.
I went vegan on January 13th, 2013.
The day before deciding to go vegan I had watched Forks Over Knives, a documentary that sheds light on the benefits of a whole foods, plant based diet from two incredible vegan doctors. My whole world turned upside down and right side up throughout the film. I opened my eyes to the immense cruelty associated with the meat/dairy/egg industries, realizing that I had been contributing to the death of many animals for years and years, without even batting an eyelash. My heart broke in a million pieces thinking about those innocent beings being bred for our pleasure. As I continued watching the film, I began to understand just how easy it was to thrive on a plant based diet. As soon as I decided to go vegan, I took out every vegan book the library had to offer and watched every single documentary about veganism available. I was eager to learn about this new lifestyle and all that it had to offer me. In fact, it wasn’t until I went vegan that I even bothered to learn how to cook!
Everything shifted when I went vegan.
I was transitioning from a conventional diet to a fully organic one, I stopped dyeing my hair (this was huge considering I would dye it every.single.month) and let my natural hair colour finally grow out, I tossed out all of my toxic make up and replaced them with mineral based, cruelty free products. I actually don’t even wear make up anymore, unless I am attending a wedding, because going vegan completely cleared up my acne and FINALLY made me feel comfortable in my own skin! I also tossed out my shampoos, conditioners, soaps, face washes, creams, toothpaste, you name it. I replaced all my old products with new, organic and vegan products made with natural ingredients. I cut out gluten after realizing how hard it is on my digestion, I swore off alcohol and ditched the microwave. I found myself spending more and more time in nature and diving into my spirituality. It was as though a veil had been lifted, my conscious cleared and my mind freed. My mind, body and soul had finally aligned and I was reaping all the positive affects.
When I first went vegan, I tried out every vegan alternative on the market. Veggie burgers, mock meats, dairy substitutes… You name it, I tried it. While some of them were absolutely delicious, it wasn’t long before I moved away from the processed junk and moved towards a whole foods, plant based diet. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some vegan junk food every once in a while, but on a regular basis it was making me feel like crap. My reasoning behind going vegan was both ethical and health driven, so I’ve always been extremely conscious about what I put into my body. Just because something is vegan, does not automatically make it healthy (like Oreos for example). Today, I find myself eating a 98% organic, vegan and gluten free diet. I tend to eat raw or mostly raw throughout the days, as that is what feels best for my body, with a cooked meal like pasta, rice or potatoes for dinner. I shy away from oils and salt as much as possible because they make me feel heavy and bloated. At the end of the day, I do what feels right for my body.
I hope this post was informative and provided you lovely folks with some insight as to why I live the lifestyle I do. I look forward to connecting with some amazing like-minded souls as well as inspiring those who take the time to read my blog posts to live a healthier, happier and greener lifestyle!
Love and Light,