I am admittedly a junk food vegan. I live off of daiya cheese, vegan candy bars, chips, soda, etc. It’s something I’m quite embarrassed about. I feel I do a disservice to the animals when I eat this way. I am not a good advocate for the vegan diet, though I appear slim.
I’m reading Veganist by Kathy Freston. Her first book Quantum Wellness is one of the things that lead to my veganism almost 9 years ago. I like the lean in approach. I remember I said I would eat all the animal products I had in my fridge at the time and then I just wouldn’t buy more. It worked really well for me. After being vegan for a couple of years, I went and volunteered at Farm Sanctuary which just solidified my animal rights beliefs. Thing is, back then there weren’t a million different animal product substitutes. Of course there were some, but I was living in Wisconsin…land of cheese, where there weren’t a whole lot of options. There wasn’t a Whole Foods near by and the little co-op I shopped at only seemed to have tofu and vegan cookies. Now that I live in Washington State and in Seattle the options are numerous. Not only do I have 6 Whole Foods near by, I also have restaurant options for miles. It makes being a healthy vegan really difficult for me.
All this being said, I am going to start working on moving towards a healthier diet. More fruits and veggies, less dairy substitutes and vegan candy bars (my current addiction). Ideally I’d like to be shopping in the produce section most of the time. Here’s a goal I’ve always had: Get abs. Honestly, I’ve had this goal every year since Junior High and I’ve never achieved it. I know nutrition is a majority of what can make this happen. So, beginning April (yes I need to start on the 1st) I’m going to start making changes. I am also going to be doing VEDA (Vlog Every Day in April) where I think I will work on documenting the process. This will also push me to actually begin my vlog. Which, yeah, has not happened yet.
Anyways, I seem to have gone off on a tangent. This wasn’t what I had planned on writing about today, but I guess it’s been something I have been thinking about a lot. The month of health and fitness reading has really made me look at my own food and exercise choices.
God this is long. Congrats if you made it through this novel.