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Vegan Tid Bits

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(Picture and recipe can be found here: http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Veggie-Sandwich-Recipe-35415233).

According to Dictionary.com a vegan is “a vegetarian who omits all animal products from the diet” and “a person who does not use any animal products, as leather or wool.” Personally I wouldn’t use the word vegetarian, simply because it may confuse some people who want to know the difference between the many veggie diets.

One question I always found a bit frustrating and difficult to answer is “why did you become vegan?” There is more than one reason to become vegan. Most people aren’t really expecting me to dive into a huge explanation, but veganism can be a deep subject and I need more than a sentence to explain my choices. So, this is the perfect place to share my thoughts with anyone who is interested.

When I first made the change to being vegetarian and then to vegan, many people told me how it was unhealthy or how I would be missing key nutrients. There were even others who thought I was crazy! However, contrary to popular belief, there are many health benefits to being vegan. Many health conditions and issues can be managed or even cured through eliminating animal proteins from the diet. Furthermore, in my high school food & nutrition class we were shown the documentary Forks Over Knives; this was my first introduction to plant-based living.

Another side of veganism focuses on the treatment of animals and the environment. I think most people would say they care about animals. I certainly have always loved them, but that was never my main reason for going vegan. I’m sure I was shown in class something on food and the treatment of animals. I don’t know what it was… maybe it just had never sunk in. However, recently I needed to remind myself of the reasons I chose to become vegan in the first place, and I was recommended the documentary Earthlings (WARNING: graphic content). It’s definitely not for the faint-hearted! Without a doubt Earthling was the hardest thing I’ve ever watched, but I did it because I needed to see the truth and bring myself back to the start. After that, there was no question where I stood. This is the documentary that truly made me understand that veganism is much more than a diet – it’s a LIFESTYLE.

vegan-myths-memeI feel like the first impression from some people is to think that vegans don’t like food… or that we only eat salads. This is simply not true. My family knows very well that I enjoy eating and I can assure you I eat more than just lettuce!

One food I’ve wanted to try more of is avocados. My parents don’t really like avocados, so we don’t ever use them in our meals. I remember having them in a salad once at a friend’s house, but I don’t remember what I thought of them. So, I’m looking forward to being able to experiment with different recipes to see what I think.

This is living now! There are so many different foods & recipes I want to try.  Grains, fruits like mangoes, veggies, and more.

All in all, I feel the best being vegan. It’s not my intention to judge or make anyone else feel guilty, but I am confident knowing that I’m living a healthy lifestyle and staying true to my morals and beliefs. Of course, I’m not perfect. I know that life is journey and this is a part of it. So I try not to beat myself up if I slip now and then. Everyone does, I’m sure.

Did you know that these celebrities and athletes are vegan?

  • Ellen Degeneres (actress/ comedian)
  • Natalie Portman (actress)
  • Carrie Underwood (singer/songwriter)
  • Alicia Silverstone (actress)
  • Ellie Goulding (singer/songwriter)
  • Patrik Baboumian (strongman)
  • Mac Danzig (mixed martial arts fighter)
  • Cam Awesome (boxer)

-A

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Dear Mom

Dear Mom,

I totally understand now how frustrating it must have been for you making meals for us as kids, only to have us reject your dishes.

“It’s really gooood.” You’d say. But we would just turn our nose up at it.

But you sacrificed your time, money, and hard work to make us a good and healthy meal. Now that I’m older, I wish I would have appreciated your work and tried more of what you made for us.

When I make my own meals and people don’t want to try it, I get a bit frustrated and angry inside too. Then I think back to how you must have been feeling when we did the same thing to you.

So, I’m sorry mom for all the trouble I caused. I want you to know I appreciate you! You may not be a professional chef, but you’re the best cook in the world to me! Plus, you taught me a lot of what I know about life and the kitchen!

Cheers to you, mom!

~A

Patience is Wisdom

Tonight I’ve learned that to exercise patience is a wise thing! Sometimes I don’t want to wait, I want to act, see change, and move forward right now. But in life there can be times where I can’t have immediate gratification. I just need to hang on a bit longer and be patient.

Fact #1 (about me): I was diagnosed with a wheat intolerance about 5+ months ago.

And little while ago, I thought to myself that it would be a good idea to try to reintroduce wheat back into my diet. After all, I was really missing all the things I wasn’t supposed to be eating: bagels, donuts, baked goods, etc. I do have an enzyme that helps me be able to better digest wheat, but (I’ve been told) I still shouldn’t be eating too much of it.

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I know some of you may be saying, ‘Hey, you can buy or make some GF versions of most foods!” And you’re right…yes, you can. But really, a lot of those GF variations aren’t as good as the regular (wheat) stuff! GF breads, (and such), are usually much more crumbly and dense.

Anyways, things really backfired on me. Earlier I had more wheat and tonight I feel the consequences of all the wheat that has been building up in my system.

This is me sharing my new-found wisdom! The moral of this story is to not be too impatient. Some things shouldn’t be rushed – it can take time. Maybe I’ll always have this intolerance or it could just need more than a few months for my body to change. So, I think I’m going to listen to my body now and do what makes me feel healthy.

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There are good wheat & GF recipes you can find. It’s been a learning experience and sometimes you need to dig a little deeper, ask friends, until you find the really awesome brands and recipes.

Anyone else with an intolerance or allergies? What are your stories? Do you have any go-to awesome recipes, brands you like to buy, shops, etc.?

-A