I wrote a post exactly 50 days ago titled “50 days vegetarian”. Today I am writing this post because I have officially hit 100 days. It doesn’t even seem that long ago that I had the idea to try cutting meat out from my diet for one week. Who would have thought that 100 days later I would be living a completely different lifestyle. Not only did I become a vegetarian after that one week challenge, but also a plant based vegan.
I have to say, switching to this life style was probably one of the best decisions I have ever made. Back in December I would eat meat, eggs, fish, cheese, dairy, and other things. I often found that after I ate dinner (that’s when I’d eat those kinds of foods) I would feel very full and bloated. My stomach would ache and I’d get bad pains. I just thought that I had eaten too much and that I needed to cut back. Boy was I ever wrong.
I started off by challenging myself. I said that I would try not eating meat for 7 days. After the 7 days had passed and I realized how easy it was, I continued. After two weeks I said I’d never go back to eating meat again. Now while cutting out meat did help a bit, I still found myself feeling bloated and having stomach pains after certain foods. I remember one night I had grilled cheese for dinner and thought it was a good choice because it was vegetarian. But after I ate that, my stomach grumbled and felt so full and gross. That’s when I had the sudden thought to go vegan. I hopped on my computer and began to do my research. “How do vegan’s get protein” I typed into Google. “What foods can vegan’s eat?”
I compiled a list of foods with the vitamins they contain. I brought the page downstairs and told my parents I was going to try going vegan. They told me that it was not a good idea, and rather than making such a drastic change, to gradually try cutting out the foods that upset my stomach.
So that Monday, I cut out dairy. I didn’t have dairy for a whole week, and I felt a little better. I have always eaten all my super fruits and vegetables, but now I was starting to make them the primary food in my diet. I kept my fridge stocked with tons of whole plant based foods, and incorporated them into my diet every day. I listened to my parents (at first) and did not go vegan. I cut out pretty much everything except for Greek yogurt and quest bars, and I was feeling better!
I kept this up for a while until February 21st. On that day, I did not eat Greek yogurt. (I usually have it everyday). The next day I didn’t have any either. A week went by and I did not eat any Greek yogurt or quest bars. I had officially gone vegan for a week. And you know what? I felt GREAT! And I wasn’t even missing the yogurt or quest bars. (even though both are quite delicious).
So here I am today, writing this. It’s been 100 days since I cut out meat, and a little over a month since I switched to a full plant based vegan diet. And I am here writing this to share my story and to help other people who are in the same situation as me. I used to think it was my fault that I would get these stomach pains. I told myself that I over ate, and that next time I would eat less. I am here telling you this to let you know how wrong I was. Today, I eat TONS of foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I load up my plate with fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, legumes, lentils, etc and I feel awesome afterwards. I want to let you know that there are so many misconceptions about going vegan. No you won’t die. No you won’t miss your old lifestyle. No you won’t suffer from vitamin deficiencies. And no you won’t be deprived from enjoyable and delicious foods. If anything, you get to eat more and get the opportunity to experiment and try out new foods.
So if you have read all of this and realize you are having the same problems, try cutting out foods that bother you and narrow it down. We are what we eat – literally. So if you are putting all these harmful toxins into your body such as fast food, greasy food, and processed foods, your body won’t be the best. You have to know what is right for your body and nourish it. I promise you, once you find the perfect diet for you that suits your needs, you will feel 100x better than you did before. All you have to do is start.