Hi there. As promised in my last post, I’ll explain why ten years ago, I decided to follow a plant based diet:
So how did I stumble upon this new vegan diet thing? Before going vegan, I had experienced a series of events that sent me into a depression. As a result of my depression, I had gained 30 pounds and I was feeling extremely self conscious about it. I was embarrassed to go out with friends because I worried about how they would react to my weight gain. I didn’t feel like Jenna anymore. I wasn’t comfortable in my own skin. I was desperate for a solution.
One day I was walking around a book store at The University of Akron where I was attending college. Browsing through the best sellers, a certain title caught my eye – Skinny Bitch “That sounds like what I’m going for” I thought. The front cover claimed that it’s “A no-nonsense, tough love guide for savvy girls who want to stop eating crap and start looking fabulous!” … And that’s precisely what it is.
When I arrived home, I plopped myself down on the couch and cracked open my new read. I had no idea what this book was going to be about. All I knew was that it was supposed to make me skinny and that’s all I thought I cared about . . .before I read it.
I hadn’t the slightest idea that Skinny Bitch had anything to do with a plant based diet. Little did I know, this book would turn me Insta-Vegan and would change my life in one sitting. It’s written by two hilarious, sarcastic young ladies, Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin. Rory is a former agent for Ford Models and Kim is a Holistic Nutritionist.
No book has ever had such a dramatic effect on me. There were chapters that had me cracking up so hard that I was crying happy tears of laughter… and then there were the chapters where tears of sadness and sheer horror streamed down my face as I read the truth about the meat/dairy industry.
I highly recommend that everyone read this book. The information presented is important and relevant for all, even you boys!
The book reminds us that we are the only species that drinks milk into adulthood and we are the only mammal on the planet that consumes the milk from the breast of another mammal. Just like kittens drink cat’s milk, puppies drink dog’s milk, baby humans drink adult human milk- —-calves drink cow’s milk! Cow’s milk is designed to grow a 90 pound calf into a 2000 pound animal! Hmm… doesn’t sound like something we should be drinking.
The skinny bitches go on to explain that by age of 4, we lose 90-95 percent of the enzyme lactase needed to digest lactose (the sugar found in dairy.) The undigested lactose causes acidic conditions in our intestines creating a perfect breeding ground for bacteria and contributes to a greater risk of cancer as cancer cells thrive in an acidic environment. Um..ugh…. no thanks!!
So yeah.. the book turned me insta-vegan. I went to the store and bought lots of vegan goodies. I discovered Amy’s vegan pizzas, burritos, soups, etc. I was able to drop 30 pounds in less than 2 months just by cutting out meat and dairy alone. I still enjoyed pasta, pizzas, tacos, etc. Anything that I previously enjoyed has a vegan version that I enjoy even more because it is cruelty free!
These days, I eat a cleaner version of the plant based diet. I strive to minimize processed foods and maximize whole foods like salads, veggies and guac, hummus, steamed veggies and quinoa, sweet potato -black bean tacos, etc. Soon, I’ll share with you some delicious-nutritious, quick and easy recipes.
Learning about how cruel, unconscious, and unhealthy the SAD DIET (Standard American Diet) is really opened my mind and my heart. I’ve always loved animals and share a special connection with them. I was reminded that all animals have feelings and desire to live a happy, peaceful life.
Just like dogs and cats express feelings of happiness, love, sadness, and anxiety, piggies and cows do too! I’d never go murder an animal and chop him up into little pieces to snack on, so for me to unconsciously shove dead animal flesh down my throat just isn’t aligned with my ethical views.
I am not vegan to fit under a label or a category. I choose a plant based diet for two main reasons:
1. To cause as little suffering on other beings as possible
2. To eat as healthy as possible so I can feel and look my best– so that I may enjoy this beautiful life that I have been given to the fullest extent
There are a few things that I do that are not technically vegan. I do them because they either don’t cause suffering on other beings or I am confident that their healthy benefits are extremely necessary. More on that later.
For now , check out that book if ya feel like it for feel free to shoot me any questions you have.
p.s. – my blog posts won’t all be this long but I had to get that out to share with yall how I got here.
For those interested in adopting a plant based lifestyle, I provide one on one coaching to help you with your transition. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All my love and support,
Lil Miss Wellness