As many of you may know, or do not know, I have decided to go vegan!
A lot of people I know don’t really understand what being a vegan is. Well, being vegan means you do not eat meat, dairy, eggs, or anything else that might come from an animal.
Prior to deciding to be vegan, I ate very high protein and very low carb. Meaning I didn’t eat much rice, potatoes, beans, breads, noodles, cakes, cookies, oats, tortilla, chips, fries, etc. This style of eating can be classified as paleo.
my diet consisted of:
I was very worried about vanity (obviously) since I was pursuing modeling. And the most effective way to stay low on body fat is to eat low carb.
**** Why Paleo Wasn’t For Me****
-While eating paleo, I developed, what I thought was, a LOVE for coffee. More like an addiction! For some reason the taste of black coffee was amazing to me! Something I didn’t like before. My body was craving a FALSE source of energy, see our bodies run off of Glucose. AKA Sugar. AKA Carbs.
-I was also kinda cranky & emotional all of the time. Why? Perhaps the fact my body wasn’t performing ketosis right (using fat for energy, instead of carbs- sugar/carbs being the natural form of energy for our body) and my body was just not receiving enough energy.
-I was waking up SO MUCH through out the night. Lack of proper energy= unhappy body = poor sleep
-It started being miserable. At first I did so good (I ate very strictly) & was so lean! But after a while I was CRAVING sweets, and ended up binge eating once a week. Usually peanut butter, granola, or banana bread. My body was just missing the carbs it needed to run properly.
*** The Knowledge I Was Lacking***
-Our bodies run off of sugar. We are glucose machines, meaning our body needs carbs that will be turned into glucose as they digest. Every cell, every organ, every muscle in our bodies needs glucose to function properly.
-We have been lied to. On paleo my diet consisted of 40-60% protein. All the research I did on “How to get and maintain a model body” brought me to that conclusion- I needed more protein.When in reality, to be a healthy & normal person, we only need 2.5% of our diet to consist of protein. *gasp* But for some reason “eat protein. you need protein” has been drilled into our bodies and minds since we were kids. Why? Because there is SO MUCH MONEY to be made in the meat and dairy industry. The more we buy, the more money$ they make.
-I am more than my physical appearance. I am more than the outer shell, that simply holds my soul. Fitness is not just about being pretty, or fitting s standard. It’s working out to feel good, and be strong. To eat food that makes me feel good, and give my body the nutrients it needs, the energy it needs.
***High Carb Vegan***
-I eat unlimited amounts of fruit, rice, beans, potatoes, etc. It is amazing! My digestion has never been better and my taste buds have never been happier 🙂
-I sleep AMAZING and have so much energy when I wake up in the morning
-My workouts feel so great. I am actually excited to wake up in the morning and get my sweat on!
-I no longer feel pressure to watch what I’m eating. Obviously I have to make sure what I’m eating is vegan, but that’s honestly so easy. I do not fear bread or pasta, I do not feel guilty after eating something that is “not healthy” (oreos are vegan yall)
-I feel like I am doing my part to help save our planet, and the lives of millions of tortured animals that die slow and miserably at the expense of our worlds meat addiction. Seriously, the majority of people do not know how bad it actually is.Watch Cowspiracy on Netflix. I am also going to attach some links if you want to actually be educated on the matter. Warning: Ignorance is bliss, and these videos are kind of graphic, but it is the reality of our world. CLICK HERE or HERE to start becoming aware.
-My coffee addiction has been cured. It is the most bazaar thing, and something I did not plan on happening. I just do not have a desire to drink coffee anymore, the taste (black) is just not appeasing- I guess my body prefers getting it’s energy naturally, who would pf thought? 😉
Not only do I feel healthier with my body weight (yes I’ve gained some weight) I feel 100x healthier in my mind. And 100x happier with myself.
If you have any questions, or are curious about veganism, PLEASE reach out to me. I would love to help in any way that I can.
Lost of love,