Eating Vegan

Monday, January 12, 2015

So a few days ago I decided to go vegan. When I say vegan, I should say I adopted a vegan diet. I still have leather goods and have no clue whether or not there are animal products in my makeup/shower goodies (perhaps not-so-goodies). But I will say I'm going to try to extend my limitations beyond just diet, in terms of future purchases.

People, so far, have been equally excited and absolutely offended when I tell them I've gone vegan. I actually don't know why people are so quick to try to talk me out of it. They're about as inclined to talk me out of veganism as something like doing meth. People have actually gasped at my words. "I'm not eating animal products anymore." So far, the people most astounded are those who shouldn't really have any authority on health. I'm curious as to why these people suddenly seem so concerned about MY wellbeing. Nonetheless, it's actually amusing sometimes to watch people's reactions, whether or not they are right.

Natalie Portman, Black Swan


In case you are wondering what sparked my interest in becoming a vegan, I can't lie when I say that I saw Jessica Chastain's perfect 37 year old skin. She's 37! She is also a vegan, and has been for a while. I had done lots of research before on the subject (I highly recommend everyone watch Forks Over Knives [it's on Netflix] as a very basic introduction to the benefits of a plant based, whole foods diet, if you're curious), and my mom and sister are also both vegans and have touted the benefits ever since they began. I'm just saying that it didn't hurt to find out about all the lovely women with perfect skin who say they have veganism/a plant based diet to thank (Natalie Portman, Ariana Grande, Jessica Paré, Kate & Rooney Mara, and on and on..).

The morality of being a vegan is, of course, an inspiring reason as well. I just can't say that I'm a perfect example in terms of animal rights, because I still wear leather and things. I did get a 'vegan leather' bag from Matt & Nat, which I love. Hopefully I can find more things like it!

Jessica Paré, The Violet Files

Anyway, before starting, I was a bit nervous that my diet was going to be very limited and uninteresting. This is not true at all. Sure, going OUT to eat, where meat and dairy is in everything, is more difficult, but at home I am eating so many colorful and delicious things. Living in a city does help IF I want to go out to get vegan food, but who can afford to do that all the time anyway? I love to cook dinner every night for my boyfriend and I. Now I'm just cooking with different ingredients, which, so far, have been about the same cost as our regular groceries.

The hardest part was probably using up all of our non-vegan groceries to the point where very little would go to waste if I/we made the switch. Besides that, it hasn't been difficult at all. Now, how have I felt? Well it hasn't been that long, but so far, my skin looks really nice, I have so much energy at the gym and when I wake up, and I feel full n satisfied after every meal.

I am always looking for tips and keeping an open mind, so if any of you have any suggestions in terms of places to find recipes, or your favorite foods/ways to get protein, I would love to hear.

xx

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  1. Hey, if you like baking, I've found this site to be pretty good. My friend gets all her baking recipes from there and introduced me to it a while ago! http://www.ohladycakes.com/recipes

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    1. I do love baking! This looks so great, thank you x

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  2. Deliciously Ella has lots of good recipes you can look at that can inspire you. Also, an app called whole pantry. Those are my favorite xx. As for protein I am not much of an expert and I'm sure you know this but you could just eat quinoa, brown rice, beans, etc. Those are very good sources of protein and they are delicious! It's making me want to go vegan again. I stopped because as a college student I felt too lazy to put meals together. Anyway, good luck Dayna!

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    1. It's so funny, I was trying to remember the name of this exact website! I used to love Deliciously Ella and after not looking for a while, I forgot how to find her site. Thank you for reminding me!

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  3. hey dayna, im glad about your new lifestyle, i hope everything goes fine (: i tried once, but i live in a small town so here doesnt have any vegan food or at least some cookie without milk; anyway, i saw your picture on instagram, your second day, and really looks yummy and i wonder if you could tell me what was that, and give me some ideas about what to eat because now im on a diet to lose weight but when im done with the diet i will try to "be vegan" again, so i really need ideas and i hope you can give to me
    btw, i love your blog, youre an amazing women (and beautiful) and im your fan! yay!
    carol xx

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    1. The breakfast I made the other day was avocado toast and home fries. 1 avocado smashed with hot sauce, lime juice, salt & pepper, and hot pepper flakes, spread on whole grain toast. (It looks cooler when you spread/press it with a fork). The homefries are diced potatoes, rosemary, thyme, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

      I would just eat lots of fruits and veggies and make sure to exercise 3-4 times a week for about an hour. Limit processed carbs (flour, sugar, etc). If you do want to eat meat, just do it in moderation and choose lean meats. Even when I wasn't a vegan, I didn't drink milk because I feel like it's not good for you. If you can cut that out, I'm sure it would be good to replace with almond or coconuit milk :)

      xx

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  4. oh, i forgot to tell, but you can try eat soy meat! and i discovered some things that has enough protein and you can try recipes with them: green peas, quinoa, nuts, beans, chickpeas, tempeh and tofu, edamame, leafy greens, sesame, sunflower and poppy seeds, seitan, non-dairy milk (like soy milk), and unsweetened cocoa poder
    xx

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  5. I came across a dessert blog called chocolatecoveredkatie.com. I believe most of her recipes are vegan and relatively easy to make.

    I think most people react negatively about veganism out of lack of education about food and nutrition. Meat is not the only source of protein lol. I myself am not vegan or vegetarian but I make sure I eat a mostly plant based diet. I like to add chia seeds to my oatmeal and smoothies to add extra fiber and to keep me fuller longer.

    Will you share some recipes with us? :)

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    1. Once I get into the swing of things/cooking vegan I would love to post some recipes! I have a couple in mind that people might like :)

      Thank you for the site suggestion!
      x

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  6. Good for you! I have been on a whole foods diet for almost two years now and I have never felt better. I feet great physically and emotionally. I, like you have read and still keep reading tons of books and articles from reliable sources only. I have a few suggestions for you though: The first one is make sure that the majority of the foods you ingest are as close to nature as possible. DON'T do a lot of fake stuff. The second thing I would suggest you do is make sure your diet is varied and colorful. I personally have my "beans/legumes/grains of the week". They're usually 2 or 3 types and I change them every week. They same I do with vegetables, fruits and greens. You'll find yourself saving a lot of money in groceries. And the third and last is listen to your body. I'll let you on your own to figure that one out.

    Hope this helps!!

    Best!

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    1. I love how you mention the importance of things being as close to their natural form as possible. I know a lot of people who are vegetarians & vegans who rely so heavily on highly processed foods (from pasta to fake bacon and everything in between). So far, I've been trying to buy most things whole from the produce aisle as the basis of my diet, while only getting a few things that are minimally processed (nut butter, hummus, etc). It is much cheaper this way than relying on premade vegan products with fancy green packaging. Thanks for your input xx

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  7. This is so exciting! when I find other people who are vegan I am always to tempted to launch into a huge lecture about my recipes and food finds over the last year hahaha. Although when I say this, I do admit that I am not yet completely dedicated to a vegan life style, but I hope to be some day. It becomes difficult with going out with friends and dinners with the family. But I am lucky to be surrounded by a group of people in my immediate circle who while not particularly vegan or even vegetarian, are very dedicated and driven by a wholesome healthy life style, so we are able to bounce a bit of our wisdom about recipes and exercise off each other, and they support me completely. I would highly recommend checking out www.yourzenlife.com. It's run by Teresa Palmer and Phoebe Tonkin, and it's a place where people can share wisdom about recipes, exercise, natural therapies and remedies and so much more. Phoebe Tonkin is my ultimate inspiration, she's so dedicated to health and her lifestyle, not to mention her fashion sense. Anyway I have rambled on for so long I'll stop now haha. Good luck! xxxxx

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    1. Thank you for the website suggestion & taking the time to write! All good things to hear:)

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    2. No worries at all! I have two quick recipes to share since you mentioned so in your post, these are ridiculously basic but they also happen to be favourites of mine.

      Zucchini Noodles with Sweet Potato, Pesto and Avocado. It's exactly what it sounds like hahaha.
      To make the zucchini noodles you just peel it into thin strips and boil it with a bit of salt like you would would regular pasta, and I cut up the sweet potato into little chunks and cook it in coconut oil but whatever you prefer, go for. I use vegan friendly pesto, most supermarkets or even health food stores should ideally have some option for you, but you can always make it yourself which is super easy! and basically once the sweet potato and zucchini noodles are done, slice up some avocado and toss it all together with pesto and any other spices you like to taste! but I think it tastes fine on its own with a little bit of pepper. It's a simple one, but it's seriously delicious!

      And a personal favourite desert, Mango Sorbet. There is only one ingredient to this, which is is frozen mango. I usually slice just slice up a couple of mangos, freeze them, and stick them in the food processor. And you are done. You could add sweeteners or other aids, but I think it's best on it's own completely natural. But if you ever try this one keep in mind that you need to be patient with it, and it can take a good ten minutes, depending on what machine you use, until it's smooth and mixed together. You can do this with a lot of other frozen fruits, they work really well as ice cream substitutes.

      I hope some of this might be useful! xx

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  8. You may know this already but going raw vegan is the best for anti-aging/skin. The reason is because when we cook foods over a certain degrees it kills the enzymes in the foods and our body needs that to digest. So what ends up happening is that we use our own enzymes in our bodies to digest food and when we do that it ages us because we only have a certain amount of enzymes. Watch this video of a raw vegan 70 year old woman who has the skin of a 40 year old. I am vegan but haven't gone raw yet but I'm planning to when I'm in my late 20s haha. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gZ4U3V5LEc

    Also you should watch this VERY informative speech video on veganism. It explains why our bodies aren't designed to consume animal products and also talks about animal cruelty. It's what made me stop eating meat when I wasn't even planning on it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=es6U00LMmC4 There's so many beneficial things when switching to veganism it's crazy. There are so many people who cured cancer, diabetes through a plant based diet.

    Here are some good food recipe sites are http://ohsheglows.com and http://rawmanda.com. Rawmanda has great raw vegan dessert/snack recipes cos you're going to miss chocolate!

    And you should know that you only need 5%-10% of protein from your daily calorie intake so don't stress too much about it. What you should focus on is getting enough healthy carbohydrates in like lots of fruits, rice, potatoes, pasta, etc because they're the ones that will give you the energy to get you through your day. This video kind of explains my statement. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Bii6JCQ2Ck

    This comment is so long but just wanna help you stick thru cos it'll get tough if you're just eating mostly veggies and beans instead of energy filled foods. I've personally went from 126lbs to 114lbs from this diet and moderately working out. :)

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    1. This is SO informative thank you so much. I will watch all of these. They sound right up my alley/exactly what I'm looking to learn more about.

      The food blogs are amazing I am so excited.

      I've heard that going raw is the absolute best for you (that is what my sister does and she says that she has so much energy and her skin looks absolutely amazing). I just don't know if I could do that quite yet, like you say. I'll ease my way there perhaps eventually! A lot of Deliciously Ella's recipes are raw, so I'll try to incorporate some of that into my diet.

      Thanks for taking the time to help ! xx

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    2. No problem! Glad I could help. :)

      Oh & I forgot to mention these two videos that talk about why milk and eggs are bad for you as well https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TS9hh-Npc50 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTfvdypnAgg. The key to sticking with this diet is doing a lot of research and informing yourself because there will be times where you'll be tempted to eat meat/dairy again. Also it's good for defending yourself when people try to talk you out of being a vegan because, like you mentioned in your post, people all of the sudden seem to be so concerned about your health when you tell them you've stopped consuming animal products when I've come to find out that it's honestly the best thing you could do for your body.

      There's a huge vegan community online and there are soooo many informative videos/blogs out there. Look into freelee the banana girl and mango island mama on Youtube. Also look into high carb low fat low protein vegan diet (it's the best). And on tumblr look up aleven11, she also has a post on her transformation benefits from switching to veganism on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/loni.jane.96/posts/1411382862447586.

      Ahhh I feel like I bombed you with too many videos and links haha.
      If you ever have any questions feel free to to reply to me on here! So happy you're trying this out.

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    3. No you didn't! Thank you so much. I'm working my way through the videos in your first comment (the 70 year old lady clip is UNBELIEVABLE).

      I'll keep you posted about the rest. xx

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    4. I know right??? I'm honestly quite afraid of saggy skin and wrinkles so when I found out about how raw food will keep you looking young I was super excited. Especially because eating raw seems like a much better option than using expensive skin care products (who knows if they even work) and getting botox for anti-aging.

      & Please do! I'll be happy to hear about your input on them.

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  9. This is amazing! Good for you! I was a vegetarian for a while and wanted to go vegan but I live with my dad and brother who are completely opposed to that type of lifestyle. I definitely want to become vegan when I'm more independent. This is so exciting, please let me know how all of this works for you!

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  10. This is a very good post and the comments you're getting are very informative, I've been thinking on going vegan for almost a year now (lmao I know that's a lot of time) but I'm getting there, cutting thing by thing slowly seems to work better for me and my body, and as I make this changes I've noticed a great improvement on my immune system, my skin and my hair. I salute you for having the courage to do everything at once hopefully by the middle of the year I'll get there

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  11. Sorry this is completely unrelated to the post, but I didn't know where to put it. I am absolutely in love w your style and I was wondering if you could do a post on shoes? Like your must haves or favorite boots etc.

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  12. Sorry this is completely unrelated to the post, but I didn't know where to put it. I am absolutely in love w your style and I was wondering if you could do a post on shoes? Like your must haves or favorite boots etc.

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  13. Hey! So this is completely unrelated to going vegan but I didn't know to put it. I am absolutely in love w your style and I was wondering if you could do a post on shoes? What are your must haves and favorite boots etc.?

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  14. Will you make a blog or video about your favorite nail polish colors, favorite coffee flavors, favorite brand of jeans, and your favorite alcoholic beverages?

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  15. Can you make a video or blog about your favorite nail polish colors, favorite brand of jeans, favorite coffee drinks, and favorite alcoholic beverage

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  16. Completely admire your strength to make that decision! Dayna, or anyone reading the comments, do you know any similar blogs to this? I've fallen in love with reading blogs but find it so hard to find ones to follow!

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  17. How did you manage to maintain your vegan diet?

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