I’ve always had a healthy diet. As a young girl my Mum installed great healthy eating habits on me. But of course the food she served up included the flesh of animals and animal by-products.
About two and a half years ago I began learning about the animal cruelty that goes into testing various products, everything from makeup to household cleaning products. The more I learned the less I wanted to support the brands that tested their products on animals so I began to switch my consumption habits.
A natural step not long after this was to stop consuming animal products. I became vegetarian, and then not long after that vegan.
Now just because someone says they are vegan doesn’t necessarily mean they have a healthy diet. This is something I found when I switched my diet to a vegan one. I became what I would call a junk-food-vegan. I was all about the fake cheeses and fake meats, and all those accidental vegan products, pringles and oreos. I felt bloated and yuck.
So I decided to get back to basics and start using natural ingredients in my cooking. This is when I first heard the term ‘Plantbased’.
Plantbased can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people.
This is my version…
- I try to avoid as much as possible anything processed, as well as products with refined sugar
- I try to make everything from scratch, and this has made me fall in love with cooking
- Fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes and whole grains are what make up my diet
- When I do buy packaged food I buy the version with the least amount of ingredients and I make sure I know what all the ingredients are
- To sweeten my food I use natural sweeteners such as pure maple syrup, honey or date puree
I love eating this way and it makes me feel great!! I have more energy, my skin is clear and bright, my brain more focused and I find when I’m study for Uni I retain info so much better than before, my memory is A+. I also love the fact that I can eat as much as want and not have to worry about gaining weight.
“Strive for Progress, not Perfection”
I love this quote and I think it sums up perfectly how I approach food. It’s all about doing your best and not being too hard on yourself. I choose this lifestyle because I want to show compassion to the animals, the planet, and my body.
I’m not perfect, actually I’ve yet to stumble across a ‘perfect’ human. I do slip up, I have bad days where all I want is some salty potato chips or vegan chocolate cake, and that is totally OK! So it’s OK if I don’t have a completely ‘plant-based’ day, and I don’t beat myself up about it. And I’m the first to admit that I love a good tofu burger and fries!
I would love to hear what you think about the plant-based lifestyle so leave me a comment 🙂
Have a great week,