I am a young black woman in the South, who has adopted a Vegetarian lifestyle and is aspiring to become a Vegan. Groundbreaking (sarcasm)!
I write to interrupt my hiatus in order to bring you a new segment entitled “Vegetarian Life and an Aspiring Vegan.” Of course, I could not stay away from you all too long! This Summer has truly been one of “enlightenment,” as one of my friends so eloquently put it. This was after I had expressed feeling like I was becoming a “hippy that ate a plant-based diet and practiced yoga, among other things.” With that being said, I intend to share my journey, and hopefully find some buddies to experience this life-style change with me! Please note, that I am not going to preach or “stuff this down anyone’s throat,” nor am I going to berate meat-eaters, especially since I was just one not too long ago. If you’re even remotely interested in the catalyst that sparked this change in my life and the benefits that I have seen so far, then I encourage you to keep reading. Hopefully, you will join me or at least take a look at the film that caused me to make this change.
I recently watched an exquisite documentary entitled “What the Health” on Netflix, which caused me to make an abrupt change in my diet. I had read and heard about this documentary on my social media timelines, but initially, I chalked it up as being another “health nut trendy craze.” One night, when I was ironing some clothes, I decided to take a look, and it turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made! After learning about the link between disease and foods that we intake, it caused me to begin eliminating meat and dairy from my diet, especially after I learned that a plant-based diet can also reverse diabetes and cancer! With that being said, I do not believe in wasting food, as there are millions of people who are currently suffering from hunger, so I took the week after watching the film to eat the meat and dairy products that I had left in my refrigerator. Thankfully, there was not that much. At this point in my two week journey, I am still in the process of trying to eliminate just dairy from my diet, but I can happily say that I am making progress.
While my food journey is only just beginning (almost two weeks), I felt compelled to share because I want to make others aware of the dangers of certain foods, the corruption in the food industry and the benefits of plant-based diet. I strongly encourage you all to take a look at this documentary, which resembles a movie (for those of you who are opposed to watching documentaries).
Some of the benefits that I have observed in myself personally:
- My skin on my face is clearing up-Within the last two years I have had some blemishes, which is uncanny as this has never been a problem in my past. For those of you who see me often, I know you’re probably thinking “Her face always looked fine to me (lol).” Well guess what, I notice it! I originally thought that my breakouts were triggered by law school stress or bacteria from my phone since, it seemed to be centered in one area, but I am quickly learning that my diet is also a major contributor. In any event, I have been practicing “clean eating,” and I have seen a huge improvement. That’s enough motivation to keep me going!
- I have more energy-I wake up in the morning with so much more energy. I do not feel the need to ingest any coffee or any other form of caffeinated beverages because my body is equipped with the nutrients it needs to propel me throughout the day.
- Your body odor changes-I workout pretty regularly, and I noticed that I do not have a sweaty smell after a workout. It was not bad before, but I am enjoying the fact that I have none at all now!
- Food taste just as good without meat, so I have not been craving meat-Enough said…
- Vegetarianism/Veganism is not a diet, it’s a lifestyle and you are going to have to arm yourself with information to be able to have a discussion with curious people and challengers-I have learned so much more about food, life and by virtue, health. I am a law student, so I occasionally enjoy having healthy discussions and debates with others. Since I have adopted this lifestyle, I have been able to enjoy fruitful conversations with friends and colleagues.
I am sure that I will have more to add to this list in the future.
Now some of my pessimistic viewers, may be thinking “this is definitely the placebo effect,” however I can assure you that this is NOT the case. If you are a regular viewer, then you know by now that I am an extremely candid person and my brand is authentic. With that being said, I may discover some cons as time progresses-and I will be sure to blog about it- but as of now-nada to share in that regard! Be on the lookout for more posts and let me know what you think in the comments below!
Sincerely from my heart to yours for the benefit of it,
P.s. Want to learn more about being a Vegetarian and an Aspiring Vegan? Well, take a look at some of the Youtube videos/channels that I have been binge-watching in order to educate myself about eating a plant-based diet the right way. You can also find a lot of delicious and filling recipes!