Aloha everyone! I had been a vegetarian for 15 years (with the exception of a few fish dinners a year). A little over 3 weeks ago I started eating vegan thanks to The Kind Diet which gave me the guidance I needed. Honestly I felt better by day 2! I mean I felt really amazing! I suspect that milk and cheese are really bad for me, cause that has been the biggest change I had to make. I thought it would be hard but because I felt so good it made my cravings very minimal. After I read about how the cow's are treated it gave me the final push to commit. I have to many cow friends that I adore! And the information about what milk dose to you really makes sense to me now. I think I had been walking around in a milk coma for years! I feel so much more alert and inspired now that I gave up drinking coffee without even trying! I had not planned on giving up my coffee habit at the same time as milk. I couldn't bear the thought of living with no milk or coffee, I thought, ok, so I'm addicted to milk, coffee and sugar, I will start with the milk and sugar and just cut down the coffee... but the coffee just faded away for me by day 3! I woke up and made breakfast and our pot of coffee. I was half way thru breakfast before I relized I forgot the cup of joe by the stove. So I thought well I don't really want it today anyway. And every day since I haven't even thought about having one! Another great thing that has happened since reading The Kind Diet is that my trips to the Farmers Market have become even more fun! All of these beautiful produce that I have always seen there are now coming home with me! I always marveled at a lot of produce but had no idea what to do with it. Now I have been able to expand what I buy at the Farmers Market which has made my commitment to buy local a breeze! Well that's it for me for right now. I just had to share my excitement and wanted to say Mahalo! to Alicia for helping me further my commitment to the planet and it's creatures and for making my body the happiest it has ever been...
Wow! I loved reading your post! I've been a vegetarian for about four years now, and am considering making the switch to vegan. Hearing stories like yours makes me really want to go for it. I know that dairy is probably really bad for me, because I have allergies, and I get stomach aches when I eat too much of it.
Hi Stephanie! Thanks for reading my post. I'm glad you liked it. Congrats on being a veggie for 4 years! That in itself is a great accomplishment! I know how hard it can be. The good news is that eventually it gets easier and eating meat begins to seem weird just like people think not eating it is weird. I am still eating a vegan diet each day and loving it. I have allowed myself a couple of cheat meals but they just remind me why I love my vegan meals(; Definitely really consider making the switch to vegan if you have allergies and stomach aches. I have not taken my allergy meds for about a month now and I stopped using my allergy eye drops to! If you are still on the fence maybe you could try doing vegan 1 day a week and work your way up to 7. That way you figure out stuff you like to eat and eventually you have enough likes for everyday. This is what I have my best friend doing, making the switch is hard for her cause she has to feed her husband and 5 year old. If you need any tips just message me(: I work way to much but will get back to you! Good luck with every thing and hope you are well and happy!
I really loved reading your post too, Bianca. Congrats to both you and Stephanie for having been veggies for as long as you both had/have been. I only managed to make it for 9 months as a veggie before sliding back into unhealthy eating patterns again--I even had red meat a few times, even though I had been off of it for close to 10 years. :( Thanks to Alicia's book, I jumped back on this time and decided enough with wanting to be vegan but I needed to do it if I ever was going to do it. My biggest drive for going vegan had been for medical reasons, but Alicia's book really hit so close to home for me with my love of animals.
So far, I have been vegan for 2 weeks now and I certainly am feeling better. I hope that maybe my allergies will get better (they actually seem to be a little worse but it could be this crazy weather changing from extreme cold to nice and warm). The hardest thing for me has been giving up the dairy, but now that I have made a vegan ranch dressing, I think I can make it as a vegan :-) It actually hasn't been as hard to give up the dairy/eggs as I thought it might.
Kudos to you both. Stephanie, I'm sure you can go vegan and if making the switch is hard, I think Bianca's suggestion is a great way to start.
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