Emilee Speaks: Why I'm eating a plant based diet

Friday, July 21, 2017

Why I'm eating a plant based diet

I'm not sure if I've talked about my history with being a vegetarian.  I was a vegetarian for 9 years and during an unhealthy relationship I was in, I started eating meat again.  To this day I'm not sure what made me stop being a vegetarian.  Maybe lack of respect for myself and what I put into my body?  It was a very rough time in my life so I think I just stopped caring.  Fast forward 9 more years and here we are.  I don't know why it's taken me this long to get back here.  I guess some times we just have to go through some self discovery and learning.  My body has literally been telling me for awhile now that it doesn't want meat anymore.  I can't eat chicken without gagging, I don't really enjoy red meat all that much, and the only thing I could really stomach is ground turkey.  So what's the point?  

I had my gallbladder removed 18 years ago, and a plant based diet was very beneficial to me and the 'digestion' issues I faced after that surgery.  That was one of my main reasons for initially going vegetarian.  My body is just happier eating a plant based diet.  The previous 2 weeks we ended up having a lot of meat heavy meals and I felt HORRIBLE.  I woke up last Friday and said, "No.  I'm tired of feeling like this!"  I had a long discussion with my girlfriend, who also isn't a huge fan of meat, and we decided to end it there.  I knew things would be so much easier with her on board.  She's never identified as vegetarian or vegan before, yet she's always leaned that way.  She'll eat meat, but she tends to choose vegetarian options when available because she loves vegetables so much.  

It has now been a full week and I felt compelled to write about it for you.  In one week I have more energy, my mood is better (I'm less grumpy), and I've lost 4lbs.  

I've been eating 'mostly' raw.  I say mostly because J could never go fully raw.  She loves cooked veggies, and warm food.  So we have had cooked vegan meals a few times.  Which is fine with me.  I'm not sure I could live without soup in the winter.  I love soup! 

What has my week looked like?  I've got my training wheels on and I'm still adjusting, but since I've been eating mostly raw... fruits, veggies, and nuts.  Not much to say other than that.  I've started every morning with a green smoothie with kale, banana, spirulina, chia seeds, and flax seed with a filtered water base.  

This transition has been incredibly easy and that just confirms that this is what I needed.  Out of all of the benefits I've already experienced, I think the increased energy and being happier has surprised me the most.  I wasn't expecting that in just a week.  It's like a huge fog has been lifted from my brain and weights taken off my shoulders.  It's indescribable.

I'm going to end this by saying: I know that there are a lot of obnoxious people out there that feel the need to dictate what other people put in their mouth.  That's not me.  You'll never hear me judge anyone for their choices for their own body.  I'm doing this for MY body because my digestive issues diminish with a plant based diet.  You do you! 

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