To Be Vegan or Not To Be Vegan, That Is The Question…

My body failed me… That is all I could think of this past Sunday afternoon as I laid across the couch in pain. A few weeks ago after watching the documentary “What the Health,” my husband and I decided we were going to go vegan. Just like that… The astonishing statistics that were spouted off by the filmmaker Kip Anderson along with the graphic pictures of pigs being poked and puss oozing out had us scared to eat anything that came from animals.chickencowpig

Effective immediately, we were “vegans.” I meal planned for the week and grocery shopped making sure to have plenty of healthy choices around the house.

I even went so far as to pack Brooklyn’s lunch for daycare and told her daycare about the change we were making so they could enforce it as well. We were doing great. No meat, no dairy, no eggs until we craved fish. Fish wasn’t bad right? They did not mention much about fish in the documentary so surely we could add fish back into the diet. So we did just that. Rather than being vegan, we became “pescatarians.” As I am writing this, I am laughing to myself. The labels is what makes me laugh because it really doesn’t matter does it?

Everything was going well until it the third week. I met with a fellow blogger at a local coffee shop and was starving. For the past three weeks, I had been prepared making sure to eat balanced meals and snacks and if I was going out, I would look at the restaurant’s menu to ensure there was something that was accommodating to my new dietary changes. My mistake this particular day was I did not plan. When I got to the coffee shop, there was not much for me to choose from. If it did not have dairy, it had large amounts of sugar and that was something else I was trying to avoid. I decided to go with a vegetarian quiche. If you did not know, there is a HUGE difference between vegetarians and vegans, Vegetarians and vegans do not eat animal flesh however, vegetarians eat dairy and other animal by products while vegans do not. With that being said, my quiche contained both milk and cheese which was something I had taken completely out of my diet. I figured it would be ok for once but boy was I wrong. By the time I made it home, my stomach was cramping and it felt as though I was going to be sick. The following day (Sunday) was much worse. I had chills and body aches as though I had the flu and could not do much more than lay across the couch for over half of the day. Mario seemed to think my problems were stemming from not eating meat and felt I needed to eat meat immediately in order to gain my strength back. I denied it until around two he asked what I wanted to eat and I begged for chicken. I know what you are thinking, she has no self-control. Well, you’re right! LOL. Totally joking. I do have self-control I  just decided to listen to my husband’s advice 😉

So to rewind to the beginning of our vegan journey, we did not think about it, we just threw ourselves into it and there really is not a right or wrong way to do it. Everyone’s journey is different. Anytime you begin working out or decide to make a big change in your eating habits, it is wise to consult your physician to ensure you are making the correct decision that is suitable for you as well as create a plan that you will get the best benefits. I did not do that and many people do not.

When we made the switch, on a typical day, I would start with a serving of fruit accompanied by oatmeal for breakfast. For lunch, I had a salad or avocado toast and for dinner, I would have rice and a veggie or two with two healthy snacks in between.

Looking back, I realized I was not getting enough fiber or protein and that contributed to the weakness I was feeling. One important fact is, I have been off and on iron deficient which started when I got pregnant with my second. This means I need to take supplements or tremendously increase my intake of iron rich food. I do not like taking medicine so that option does not work great and apparently I am not able to get enough in my diet. This only escalated with my attempt at veganism.

As of Sunday, July 23rd, we are back to eating meat, at least once a day until further notice…

If you have switched your eating lifestyle to vegan or vegetarian, please comment below and share your thoughts on what worked for you. I am interested to see how others made the change. Until next time…

 

Something New…

something new wisdom from women of the bibleAfter searching for weeks for a VBS (vacation bible study) for the kids, I stumbled upon a Women’s Bible Study at a local church here in town. I was excited to see that because I am always up to meet new people who have children around the same age and who also share some of the same beliefs I have. Even though I was excited to meet new people,  I must admit, I was a little nervous going into a new church environment. Let’s admit, people can be extremely judgemental of new people, and this church is not my home church.You may ask, if it is not your home church, why would you attend an event, more less a bible study? Well for me, I am all about feeding my soul, whether it is at my home church on a Sunday morning; at home listening to Joyce Meyer or through a local bible study that feeds into what I need during that season in my life. The bible study will only run for three weeks for the summer because this is the time most people are traveling and catching up on life with their families. The book we are studying is John C. Maxwell’s “Wisdom From Women In The Bible.”

On the first day we met, I was greeted at the front door and directed to the nursery area because I had my youngest along with me. I quickly got the girls signed in to an inviting classroom with tables, plenty of toys and young volunteers who looked like they were ready to help. Once the girls were settled, I found my way into the main sanctuary where I signed in and grabbed a nametag. I moved quickly to the front as I like to be close so I can see and hear everything that is going on. The church’s Connections Director came to the front of the church and greeted everyone. Her demeanor was so calm and pleasant and she recognized there were new faces in attendance. Once she finished, she moved to a prayer praying that everyone who came would not leave the same and I was in agreement with that prayer. After the prayer, she jumped right in letting us know that we would be focusing on the first three chapters, Ruth, Sarah and Rahab. She gave a brief overview of the chapters and informed us we would be breaking into 3 small groups to focus more on the chapters and discuss some of the questions at the end of the chapters. I looked forward to this because that meant that I would be able to meet some of the many ladies who were a part of this very large group.

While walking to my designated place, I grabbed a cup of coffee and settled into my seat. My group had 7 other ladies and I happened to be the youngest in the group which was a little disappointing because as I said before, I looked forward to meeting other ladies who had children close in age and the ladies in my group had children that were close to my age. Even though I was a little disappointed, I looked at it from a positive aspect and figured, I could use these ladies to learn something from and remained excited anyway. We only had time to do the standard introduction and time had ticked away. We joined together with the other groups for a final prayer and were dismissed for the week. I am looking forward to telling you more about my readings each week. I did not purchase the book prior to the first session so I have some catching up to do. I hope you all enjoy your week!