For most of my life I’ve been pretty picky and easily grossed out when it came to meat , but I ate it on and off for the first 30 years of my life. When I had my son in 2015, I for the first time had to think about how what I was putting into my body was affecting someone else. My son had a dairy intolerance, (he still is lactose intolerant 3 years later) which meant that I needed to remove it from my diet as a breast feeding mom.
Not soon after removing dairy from my diet I watched “Food Inc” and within the first half hour was done with meat for good. I thought that I would miss it, but it’s been almost three years now and I don’t. When I first made the switch I struggled with what to eat, as I grew up in a chicken and mashed potatoes kind of a house, but I quickly found tons of books and blogs with flavorful, filling, and nutrient packed recipes.
I think I’ve become a better cook through the change, by trying new vegetables, spices and grains that I’d never ventured into before. I can now open up the pantry and fridge and make something delicious on a fridge emptying day without a recipe, something I didn’t do much of before. Another interesting thing that happened was my skin cleared up, I can honestly say that my skin has never been softer or brighter in my adult life.
When it comes to living a totally vegan lifestyle I am far from perfect, it is still an ongoing process, but starting with food feels like a good step forward. It goes without saying that this is a judgment free zone when it comes to anything really, but for sure on this subject.
If becoming vegan is a lifestyle change you are thinking of making than I reccommend doing some research first to ensure that you are getting all the vitamins that your body needs. Here are some of my favorite blogs that I go to weekly for food inspiration, and the books I’ve picked up so far if you are considering making the change.
Some snapshots of what our average weekly meals look like, although the birthday cake was special for my sons third birthday last week.