Friday, October 25, 2013

Weight Loss Series: Going Vegan

Hi guys!

I would really like you to join me on my journey as I try to shed some weight and the first step in changing will be my diet. Thus explaining my title!

I remember the last time I had a McDonalds burger. (Sorry for the TMI) When the saliva in my mouth got it nice and soft to swallow. The felling of the chewed up burger in my mouth tasted disgusting and I instantly wanted to throw up. I know your say well that's just McDonalds burgers stop eating from there. Well I always wanted to cut out meat every since my grandmother did it and she retained healthy radiant skin. Being that I also what untilse a drastic amount of weight. I know this will be healthy to my body in so many ways. 

When did I decide this? Well one night while laying in bed with hubby. I told him I wanted to go vegan. Yes it was a overnight thing. But I am a person that loves animals and do get teary eyed when I see the 'help the animals' commercials. From there I started to do research on how to become vegan and a good diet course that will help me to transition with out relapsing.

"but where do you get your protein?" - my least favorite question because it only further proves the influence/control the meat industry has over society.I then started my research by typing vegan in on Google and tons of websites popped up. The most important thing that I collect from reading these sites is that, which I will be applying to my diet, to gradually add vegan meals into my diet because I can't tell you how much I am going to miss chicken. So I will start by substituting salads at lunch time. A lot of the articles that I read were very helpful by giving you sample recipes, a example meal plan, grocery lists, and even a vegan starter kit that I have received yet, but when I do I will share what is inside. I also went on Pinterest  finding loads of pins about which foods gives you the most vitamins and minerals that are essential for your body. I know one thing that popped up repeatedly is to know that there is vegetarians, then there are raw vegans, and last there are vegans. A vegetarians mainly eats mostly plant based foods with no animal flesh but may consume some dairy products. Raw vegans eat their you can guess mainly raw meaning no additives or cooking. Lastly some vegans eat foods not made or produce from animals. Another question that must be popping into your head is 'Well if you not in meat where will you be getting your protein?' Pinterest was helpful for providing information on where I can get protein else where besides meat like nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts), leafy greens (romaine lettuce, kale, spinach), and chia seeds. Another question you may have is 'well all vegans do is eat fruits & vegetables there will be no variety?' That is not necessarily true. Whilst browsing Pinterest I found plenty of delicious recipes and different foods to substitute meats.

My Vitmain Mart LogoBeing that I want to start taking more vitamins and substituting my meals(breakfast) for a more protein pack or a simple shake I will be needing a place that has all my needs shipped at once. Places like Vitamin shoppe & GNC are a little on the pricey side also high in shipping being that I have a very limited income. I was contacted about a site that has all of your health needs in one place at a really low price and shipping is a flat rate of 4.95$. DEAL!!! has everything and I mean everything. They even have some all natural hair care products for our relaxed and natural sistas. One thing that stood out the most to me being that I will be starting a new diet is that they have a Dietary Restriction are that is specially for people that need to avoid certain things like dairy, gluten, or need to get products that are strictly for vegan this eliminates a lot of unnecessary searching. Now the downside to this website it that everything does not have a detailed descriptions that I know some people find necessary. Any I was able to get a coupon code for 5% off of your order until 12/15 Deal. Just enter Randomjamaican5 in the coupon area.

I hope that you found this information helpful and will join me on another journey! Thanks for re

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