December 28th marks four and a half months of being vegan(ish). I say veganish because I had specific cheat days I designated when originally deciding to go on this journey.
In my early 20s, I decided to go raw. I was able to do that for about a year, then I went vegan for another year. It was great. My body felt amazing. But I have to admit, it was hard to maintain. I was working two jobs and had a strict workout regimine that learning a new way to eat was too time consuming so I often ate the SAME things over and over. In fact, I carried around a bag of carrots with me everywhere. It got to the point that my skin had a slight orange tinge to it. No joke. I gotta find a pic for you all to see!
Anyways, so four and a half months ago, my husband and I had watched “What the Health”. We thought, let’s do it. Let’s try. So we decided to stick to a plant based diet for three months. We did pretty good surprisingly. More so, my husband did amazing. I was super surprised. He loves food especially anything animal. In fact, he didn’t cheat when I cheated. He stuck with it. We learned a good handful of vegan recipes that allow us to switch up our meals from just our regular go-to salads. We both lost weight. But we both have amazing energy considering we work full time and have two LOs under two.
And so a few weeks back I also watched “What’s With Wheat” and “Forks Over Knives”. I asked Jon what he thought about us continuing our plant based diet lifestyle. He agreed to it. So yeah. We’re doing this. Still. I will cheat. I know I will. But not more than once a month. If I cheat more than that, I will revert back to my full on carnivorous ways. Plus, after eating such healthy food, when I cheat, I actually get horrible migraines. So I don’t imagine I will cheat too often or do AYCE (despite my previous love for AYCE sushi, shabu shabu and Korean BBQ).
Now, I’m not saying I’ll never go back to being a regular meat eater. But for right now, this feels good. My body feels good. I feel healthier. And that’s that. So wish me luck! I hope to keep this up long enough to instill good eating habits in my children.