Becoming a VEGAN over night!

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VEGAN... Yeah, I became a vegan over night! I know what your thinking how does someone become a vegan OVER NIGHT. Its really easy actually, yesterday I was open to consuming and using animal products and animal by products and today I'm NOT.

Yup it's that easy! but let me give you a little bit of information about what my diet looked like before and why I decided to change my lifestyle. I'm a wife and mother to three and not everyone in my family is fully ready to make this transition and that's alright. Why? because it is very important that they make their own informed decisions. With that, let me tell you my daughters are 8, 10 and 14 and I'm being 100% honest with them. This includes showing them graphic and disturbing footage in a few of the videos and documentaries we have recently watched together. I know there are probably a lot of parents out there that would not agree with this but in our situation my husband (who is not vegan yet) and I decided together that they are mature enough to see what is really going on in the meat and dairy industry so that they can be fully informed.

What my diet looked like before becoming vegan! So over the last 7 years I have been eating a pretty healthy diet. A lot of fruits and veggies, limiting processed foods and consuming meat and cheese a few times a week. Other then cheese I had cut out dairy because my body was no longer agreeing with it. I felt ok overall and I was eating what I thought at the time was very healthy. Slowly over the last year or so I was cutting down even more on the processed items I was consuming, I starting reading more labels and really think about what I used to fuel my body. At no point over the past 7 years did I really think about changing my diet for any other reason other then my own health and the health of my family.

I started following a few vegan accounts on social media and I notice that people are not just making this change for their health and the health of their families. They were doing it for the animals, for our planet and that this was not just a diet but a meaningful lifestyle. As I started to pay attention I realized that I really didn't know anything about veganism other then vegans don't eat meat or dairy and don't wear or use products made from animals. So, I went on to the internet and started researching... Why do people become vegan? Is a vegan diet healthy? I found so much information it was extremely overwhelming but the ethical reasons behind become vegan made so much sense and I was starting to see that it is more then just a diet. Then I turned to YouTube where I searched and searched, watching a little bit of this video a little bit of that video until I came across "the best speech you'll ever hear" by Gary Yourofsky < Link to his YouTube video

If you want to learn about veganism go and check him out he has a wealth of knowledge and just tells it how it is! We let the girls watch this video but it does have graphic content so maybe watch it yourself before you decide to let your kids watch it.

We also watched "this speech is your wake up call" by James Aspay < Link to his YouTube video

These two videos shook me up!!! The day I watched them I made the decision to become VEGAN for ethical reasons! I decided that I will no longer contribute to what is happening within these industries. I will no longer consume animals, I will no longer consume animal by products, I will no longer use products that come from or are tested on animals, I will no longer support these awful industries. This is not an easy decision or one that should be taken lightly! If you are thinking about becoming vegan I highly encourage you to dig deep in to what becoming a vegan means and research any concerns you may have so that you can make a fully informed decision.

Lets talk about some of the wonderful things that can happen when you switch over to a whole food vegan diet. (I will still consume processed products SOMETIMES but I will be very mindful about it) After a few days I started to notice I have more energy, I'm sleeping better, I'm less bloated and as someone who has battled with constipation on a regular bases I noticed my bowel movements are becoming regular. - I should also mention that I have upped my hydration game big time and I know that also plays a big roll with constipation so keep that in mind. (Just trying to keep it real) Overall I feel BETTER like WAYYYYY better both in my physical body and in my mind. Knowing that I'm no longer contributing to the horror, that is the meat and dairy industry.

I hope this inspires you to look deeper into living a vegan lifestyle, please check out those YouTube videos they changed my life!


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