It all started in February when I began the journey of becoming vegetarian. I got out of a bad breakup in October and needed to focus on a positive outlet. I refused to get into a drunk spiral of doubt and insecurity. Though rebounding is inevitable, my motivations were to remain self empowering and self caring. I had already spent two years of my emotions and energy in expending and giving love to my prior relationship; this was my time to give for myself. I look back now and a pedicure or retreat may have been sufficient, but the hardcore resilience in me beckoned me to engage in a practice of intense self-control and elevation. This marked the journey of gradually transitioning into a vegan diet.
Before I go on, it is important to note that prior to becoming a vegetarian, I already incorporated veggies in almost all my meals. So the transition wouldn't be too drastic. In this blog, I won't touch upon the political reasons behind the lifestyle, but aim to make becoming vegan seem achievable for anyone!
tip 1: start with a VEGETERIAN DIET
An all veggie diet was not so hard. Even though Korean BBQ is the shit, I felt energized and the trade off was worthwhile. In addition, I fell in love with eggs. My body craved protein.
STEP 2: HIGH PROTEIN FOOD
We all think of beans when we think about protein, but greens also have some too! 1 cup of spinach has 5.35 grams of protein, while kale has 3 grams in a cup!
YOOO. These are fire. 1 oz. has 4 grams of protein. Low calorie and high protein....YES.
i used to hate peanut butter, but my body craves it now! I eat this everyday.
tip 3: supplements
Don't be afraid to get some help from some supplements! Especially if you are active! This one's my favorite. Taste good and sometimes I mix with my coffee!
Spirulina is my go to. Vitamins are cool. I take multi-vitamin pills, whatever is on sale. But, I notice a difference in my energy level when am taking these supplements. For some reason, anytime I get cancor sores or sore teeth (this happened once I became vegan) I take Spirulina pills and heal quicker.
TIP 4: Vegan Patties and Veggies on the side
High protein and I LOVE eating this with a side of veggies, or wrapped up nicely in a burrito.
TIP 5: Make Vegan Friends!!
It's good to have someone to check out new restaurants, recipes, and share the burden (at times) of vegan life.
Less cramps before period
Decrease of bloating in stomach
Less swelling of hands and feet
Leaner muscles (I workout almost everyday)
DEEPER YOGA PRACTICE (TWISTS BECOME EASIER. I ALSO HAVE MORE CONTROL OF MY CORE)
Deep concentration is easier to access
Not so emotional and anxiety has decreased
Move slower; think slower - quality of thoughts increased
Self monitoring and awareness
Yes I miss meat. I also miss the feeling of being FULL, which I only got from eating a big steak or all you can eat Korean BBQ. In spite of missing out of these feelings, I am satisfied--no regrets--of the vegan diet. It not only brings clarity to the mind and body, but also instills a life long reminder to take care of myself and love myself first. Though it was heart break that led me here, it was me, myself, and all that I am who has found home in a space of infinite becoming.