In just a few short weeks it will be 2 years since I made the swap to a compassionate, vegan, plant based lifestyle, and I have to say it really has been the most profound decision i have ever made in my life!
My move to a plant based vegan diet was not because I did not like animal products. In fact I loved them! But what I realised through educating myself is no animal should ever be purposely bred, raised, used and killed for my desire of taste! Not to forget the absolute degradation to our previous environment a conventional animal based diet has
I can Remember the day and date so vividly in my mind after seeing what I saw there was no turning back. My lifestyle reflects my truth and my values, a decision not made for me at all but a decision made purely to save the lives and bring awareness to animal welfare and cruelty. In saying this I have actually been rewarded with so much in return.
Everyone’s transition into a vegan lifestyle is different, mine I have to say has been quite simple. I was not vegan one day then i was vegan the next. I have found creating new recipes really exciting, mind you I have made many mistakes and a few dishes have gone into the bin, But with those failures I have also created some amazing dishes and had great successes.
I have always loved cooking and can remember from such a young age being in the kitchen making pancakes to surprise mum in bed. I still cook up a storm when at my parents and love sharing these same familiar foods bus with compassionate changes. And yes pancakes still feature heavily in our lives.
I have never read so much in my life! blog after blog, Food site glorious food site after another I have even read a few books. I have read up and been told what foods should be avoided and what to ramp up in my diet. Once you become Vegan its almost a natural progression to transition to more whole foods and even the raw food movement. Im smack in the middle of a raw food cleanse as much as I do feel raw food is important for the diet a 100% raw diet is not for me as I just adore cooking to much and means so much to me. For me it’s important to live a healthy lifestyle full of fresh fruits and vegetables. Variety is the key and can even include the naughty treats but its important to balance it all out.
For a while i was almost becoming obsessed with being the perfect, most healthy, optimum and pure vegan there can be, I have now come to the conclusion that life needs to be lived, food is the centre of our existence, It’s a social experience and brings people together, this should be celebrated! Being vegan is not about being perfect at all its about living life without cruelty and Living on a plant based diet is full of Abundance and it just keeps getting better everyday. My focus is still on being the best i can be and feasting on healthy, gorgeous nutritious food that will fuel my body with what it needs. But I am far from perfect and that is OK!
Sure there are every possible sprout, lentil, superfood and greens that will benefit your life. But also there are incredible places to eat cheesecake, cupcakes, burgers even croissants. These obviously should not be the main meal in our diet but we all deserve pleasures in life and I certainly will be one to partake in eating them, but I will follow up with a big green salad or even a juice or smoothie. I will even throw the odd fasting day in there just to keep it all balanced. You literally can have your cake and eat it just find the balance.
It is so amazing how many vegan cafe’s have popped up and how many shops selling vegan lines of products have burst into fruition. Heck we even have a vegan butcher opening in a neighbouring suburb selling all kinds of gorgeousness. Who would have thought?
Speaking of cake. Even my gorgeous mum made a vegan choc fudge cake for me this weekend Amazing!
Kale! It hardly existed 2 years ago and I remember the very first time I actually found it. I nearly squealed in the shop. Mind you the first time I tasted it I hated it. Glad to update that it is now a staple in our home as is is just a fantastic food to include in your diet in an array of ways! Soup, salad, smoothies and of course kale chips (Yum) I even add it to my dogs food.
I have met so many amazing, creative and inspiring people! People from all over the country and the world in fact and Some that have become great friends. I will admit I have also met a few crazies along the way but hey life offers all sorts right?
I am the happiest I have even been, I am at a much more healthy and natural weight now at 33 years old then what I was at 16 (and i tried every fad and at times unhealthy diets) and it has been so easy to achieve and it’s all through food and eating it. I feel energetic, I feel connected with myself, I have immense clarity more than I ever have. I am finally so comfortable in my skin, it’s like wearing a warm blanket everyday
I created this blog to inspire people, to show others how yummy food can be without any animal based ingredients and void of any cruelty and I hope that I intend to do this.