I have tried to start a blog for years. I start it, with a determined effort to actually write every day or every week and it slowly falls apart. I always start with the greatest intentions but, as they say, the best laid plans of mice and men, and whatnot. This time it will be different.
In the last few years, I’ve gone from being able to eat pretty much whatever I wanted to having to restrict in order to figure out what was causing my incredibly painful intestinal issues and then decided to make what seemed like a crazy change to many around me at the time – veganism.
I pumped my body full of so many horrible foods for so many years – I’m not kidding, my friends used to call me The Frozen Gourmet – that it eventually caught up to me and I was diagnosed with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). I am lactose intolerant. I even had to give up gluten for a while – now that was hard!
Back in September, I was really struggling with meal ideas as I was trying to avoid so many different things. I went to a nutritionist who told me that he thought that he didn’t believe I was gluten intolerant or that I had IBS at all. He suggested to me that, as we are not meant to eat animal products and our bodies cannot handle it, my digestion issues were being caused by my body’s inability to break down meat, milk, eggs, etc. I was dumbfounded. I knew that beef and pork didn’t agree with me but all animal products? Okay, sure doc. Whatever.
I decided to just try it out anyways and did lots of my own research as well. As I slowly cut out the remaining animal products from my diet (chicken, fish, mollusks, eggs, milk baked into things), I took notice of how I was feeling. I had never felt better! What was this black magic!?
I am proud to say that I have not had any gluten or ibs issues since making this change. I was so amazed and overjoyed that on December 1st, 2016, I decided to make the plant-based diet a part of my permanent lifestyle.
As I am new to it, there are many challenges to face and one of those is getting used to cooking for myself. I have always been a lover of processed foods as they are convenient and delicious. With so many of those things being unhealthy and also not vegan, I have had to make more of an effort to cook my meals for myself and I found out that I absolutely LOVE sharing my recipes, as well as the new trials and tribulations of this lifestyle. That is why I wanted to start this blog. To share my experiences, in order to show that it is, in fact, not difficult at all and completely do-able!
Bring on the plants!