Good Morning Everyone–how is this Vegan Week Treating you? This morning I am so excited to have a guest post from the lovely Ashely @ HealthyAshley. She is one amazing women, just PRed in the 10km by 14 minutes. AND she’s converted to the land-of-the-Vegan. Here are some of her awesome tips and insights into her journey. LOVE IT!
Follow all of the going on’s here! See you later today for what I have been eating! ~M
My Vegan Best: Journey to Vegan ~Ashley
I always thought vegans were too extreme, that tree-hugging vegans only munched on carrots while depriving themselves of good things like ice cream and cheese.
Five months ago when my ongoing stomach problems got worse and my new just-happens-to-be-vegan friend Ryan (greensforgood.com) suggested animal products might be irritating my insides, I gave the vegan diet a closer look. Ryan was the opposite of deprivation- she was healthy and glowing.
That day I gave up my beloved dairy (I had already been a vegetarian for nine years) to see if it made a difference. After two days without animal products my stomach problems were gone. I was more energetic and positive. The foodie part of me grew, too. Instead of throwing a handful on some eggs and calling it a meal I began to experiment with new foods and spices.
I also began to learn more about where the dairy I gave up came from. I think the conditions of poor factory-farm animals are enough to pass on eggs and milk-based products.
Also contrary to my previous beliefs, eating vegan does not have to be hard, time-consuming or expensive! A bag of dried beans with a few additions can make cheap meals for a week. Bulk quinoa is a cheap and tasty protein-rich grain. Even though I live with a carnivore, my switch to vegan was not hard.
Going vegan changed my life for the better. I feel my best; I’m exercising better, eating better and not supporting heinous factory farm practices. And don’t worry- I’m not deprived. Just check out my blog (healthyashley.blogspot.com) to see some of the vegan pizza and ice cream I indulge in on a regular basis.
Tips on Getting Started
– If you think a vegan diet might be right for you, I suggest going vegan for a month. See how you feel without animal products and how the diet fits in with your life.
– There are tons of vegan alternatives to just about everything if you’re worried about missing old favorites like yogurt, turkey or cheese. These products can get expensive but can offer a tasty path to your new diet.
If you don’t think the vegan diet is right for you, at least consider organic alternatives to your favorite dairy and meat products. Organic products are better for you, the animals and the environment.