Not Quite Vegan

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Picking squash out of our backyard garden

Years ago in 2012, I became a vegetarian and in the beginning stages I was aiming to become vegan. Um. It lasted 2 weeks, because I did not know what to eat. I only ate chips and salsa, darn near killed myself. All the acid from tomatoes will wreck your skin. I learned personally. However, I was able to maintain a vegetarian lifestyle until early 2016. UNTIL, my black behind fell out lifting weights. I was not eating the right foods, due to opening a coffee shop while spending a lot of time on the road for work. I became anemic and found it easier during the changes in life to go back to mainstream eating. Now that the coffee shop is gaining momentum, I decided to learn all I could about plants, the nutrients they carry, and what eating balance really means (not the chart the FDA made).

After studying up on food, the choice of becoming a plant-based eater was easy. As a cancer survivor, I wanted to eliminate as many cancerous components as possible. I am fully aware that I will not get them all out my life, but I am more aware what I am putting in and on my body. I still believe from 2012, that you have to be bat shit crazy to be completely vegan. Sorry, not sorry PETA. I love my leather shoes, wallets, totes, purses, bracelets… I can go on forever about leather. My VW have beautiful leather seats. ❤ ❤ ❤ Plus I do get getty about seeing animals at the zoo and I might drop some honey in my coffee when I’m feeling fancy.

Before I went completely plant-based, I had to go out with a bang. I took my wife on a downtown food tour and ate EVERYTHING. I felt a little woozy afterwards, however my wife appreciated us slowly going into a plant-base lifestyle instead of just springing it all on her in one weekend. Also during the process, I tried out a few recipes to make staples into our meal planning. Breakfast was easy – Oatmeal with fruit, chia seeds, and nuts everyday. However, the other meals had 3 requirements:

  1. I’m not going to eat any ugly food. So first of all, it had to look amazing.
  2. I am a food snob and not going to be polite about food I can’t eat. At that, it had to taste as good as it looks.
  3. Finally and most importantly I had to know how it fueled my body. Needed to know what gave me the iron I needed for my anemia, the omega-3’s for brain function, and B6 for my attitude.

August 1, 2017 marks my first official day as a plant-based eater. I can already see the changes in my energy levels since eating more plants and less processed foods. My belly isn’t bloated after eating, I have less allergy breakouts, and I snack less. To keep it 100, our weekly grocery bill has gone up, but our dining out has declined greatly. Feeling good so far. 🙂

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