Some tips for the "don't have enough discipline" or "almost vegans"...

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. 

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STEP 2: HIGH PROTEIN FOOD

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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.

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i used to hate peanut butter, but my body craves it now! I eat this everyday. 

tip 3: supplements

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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!

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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 

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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. 

BENEFITS

    Body:

  • 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)

 

    Mind:

  • 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.