2017 was a year that changed me in ways to this day I still don’t even know. One change was my path from Paleo, to vegetarian and finally to plant-based vegan. So what pushed me to make this change? The answer is my husband and mom.
In early 2017, my mother had a major stroke that impacted her cognition and caused her to lose sight on the right half of both of her eyes. And within the same month, she was diagnosed with a highly aggressive cancer. Today she is a cancer survivor and is doing well given all of what 2017 threw her way. Nonetheless, the first six months of 2017 shook me to my core and led me to a lifestyle change.
Moreover, during the summer, my husband experienced a cardiac event that led to the ambulance rushing him away from home to the hospital in the dark and early hours of the morning. Long story short there he is ok but he had to make changes to his diet as well – doctors orders. I was surprised that I didn’t have a heart attack myself considering all of what I had encountered – but my husband was the last stray. I had to make a change that would increase my chances of living a longer and healthier life.
In years past, I had sprints of pescatarianism and lacto-ovo-vegetarianism. In 2016, I completed a Whole 30 which led to a paleo diet that I followed until my mother had a stroke in January 2017. Over the next few months, traveling between home, work, kid’s school, radiation treatments, doctor offices and hospitals my eating habits when into the “trash”. I ate whatever was easy and convenient. Lot’s of pizza, fast-foods, ice cream, burgers and chicken nuggets. To be honest I was in survival mode and food was comforting me instead of nourishing my body.
So on July 12, 2017, I became a vegetarian…”cold turkey”. Then 90 days later, I completely transitioned to a plant-based vegan diet. My skin has never looked clearer, my “numbers” are what they were 10 years ago and the boost of energy is REAL! However, the energy element didn’t really kick in until about 6-8 weeks into me being vegan.
Now as a wife, mother, daughter, caregiver, full-time employee, blogger, and a crafter who is also vegan I still get tired – but who wouldn’t. But I feel better about my food choices and in greater control of my health. Overall, I became vegan because I wanted to increase my chances of living a longer and healthier life for not only myself but my family. Though I must say I am beginning to develop personal feelings and convictions towards the treatment of animals in our food industry…but that is a blog post for another day!