OK so I am normally a vegan, but the past few weeks I've been noticing some changes I've been making in the way I eat that just kind of happened naturally without me specifically planning it. Mostly, I've been buying more and more whole foods and less processed crap and learning to cook more of my own meals. I tried a few of the superhero recipes from the book (like butternut squash soup and braised daikon w/ mirin and shoyu) and absolutely loved them. Then today I found myself at the grocery store with a cart full of fresh produce, brown rice, and bagged beans and similar items. Sure, I admit I still do have a thing for soy & almond milk (I use them for homemade organic smoothies) and I enjoy a little vegan sour cream sometimes, but the bulk of my food is now clean, real food. I have realized that I no longer want to put all these extra chemicals & addictives, etc. into my body and the way to be sure I avoid those is to cook my own food. I feel so amazing this way, even more so than when I was eating vegan processed foods, and I'm in the midst of quitting smoking and I feel like this lifestyle is helping. My energy is insane and my skin is glowing and my mind is clear. Again, I'm not 100% superhero (yet) but probably about 75% superhero at least. I don't even have a taste for crappy junk foods anymore at all. Thanks again, Alicia for sharing this wonderful information! I think it really is life-changing.
It is so true that whole foods make us feel so much better, even without being 'superhero'! I definitely notice that if I allow myself to eat more convenience foods, even if it's just a prepared dish from Whole Foods or something, I start to feel sluggish. It's still better than eating animals, but my body has become so used to simple, clean food that even prepared dishes that have vegan dressings and stuff can affect me. I have to remind myself of that constantly come finals times, or when I have a big paper due, because it can be so hard to find time to keep the fridge stocked with food ready to go. It's amazing how food affects us and how we become so disensitized to those effects!
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