I guess my first post should be about how I began this journey.
Six months ago my inner self was telling me that I needed to make a change. I wasn't sure what that change was but I new it must be a change that would better my health. I am not sure exactly how it happened but I bought Alicia Silverstone's book The Kind Diet. I started reading it and couldn't put it down. It took me all of a day to read it and decide that this was the change that I was looking for. I think that it was so easy for me to start this way of living because I was open to the change and excited about it. I have never been the most healthy of a person. I ate what I wanted to and had the usual health problems that come with that. Since this was going to be such a large change for me I decided to go full out and not only give up animal products but also give up refined sugars, flours and most all processed foods.
The first three weeks were awful!
I went through an awful detox. I broke out all over my face and scalp, I was constipated like crazy and sometimes my skin would give off this horrible odor. I fought through it though because I knew that I was just cleaning out years of horrible toxins from my system.
I was right!
The fourth week everything stopped. I began to show signs of weight loss, my face cleared up, I was no longer constipated and I smelled normal. From that moment on I have felt great. My family and friends can hear a change in my voice when I talk to them, no more doom and gloom. My cats hang out with me more than they ever have. I am just happy overall. My body is telling me that what I am eating is right for me, FINALLY.
Tomorrow is my 6 month mark, Dec 22, 2010. To celebrate this, I have created this blog. I want to share what I know with you. Becoming a vegan was in no way easy for me. In giving up most all processed foods (all but Earth Balance butter, Vegenaise, Blue Diamond Almond milk, Boca Chicken Patties and some other dressings) this process was very difficult. Most recipes I came across wanted to make vegan food taste like some kind of meat or dairy and included fake cheese or fake meat in every recipe. As I am not one who can just eat brown rice, a veggie and beans for dinner every night, I had to come up with my own recipes. So, as I come up with recipes or find new brands I will share them with you.