What’s a Vegan Diet? – My Vegan Testimony

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Hello everyone!!

It has been awhile since my last post and I really have been itching to write a post but my work and personal life have taken over recently.  I am looking forward to getting back on here a lot more posting about vegan articles, vegan recipes and also the products that help Marilyn and I with our vegan diet.  Many of you are probably wondering, what’s a vegan diet?  Well quite simple.  It is a diet that eliminates all animal product consumption.  So I have been on a strict vegan diet for around 3 months now and I have a ton of thoughts on it.

I have had cravings to eat animal products. I have felt a number of emotional reactions from the food I have eaten.  I have had different energy levels, both good and bad.  I have had an overall more improved sleep cycle.  My skin has gotten more clear all over my body.  I have also ironically gained a lot more weight but I think there are a lot of factors in that.  I can not blame the vegan diet for all of that.

The Science Behind the Vegan Diet

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Anyways I want to touch base on what my overall thoughts are on this new diet that I am very much trying to adopt for the rest of my life, despite my seafood cravings.  I think that it is possible to maintain this diet for the rest of my life.  However, I strongly believe that there is a science to this diet.  There are some days where I feel extremely drained and also my mind feels like something is missing.  It could be the stress from my job but I do think it comes from a lack of nutrition in my diet at times. Some type of chemical reaction is happening when I do not eat certain foods.  I have to be more cognizant of what makes me feel a certain way.  I have noticed when I do not consume foods that have a lot of the B-Vitamins that are normally found in animals that my mind and body feels off.

Eating the Right Things Daily

I have now made a conscious effort to consume more products, from soy & almond milk, cereal, whole wheat products, brown rice and nutritional yeast to help supplement the B and D vitamins that my body needs.  When I am able to consume these products I feel invincible.  I mean I feel like the man!  I feel abundant with energy and also feel sharp in my thinking.  There is a reason why animal products trigger chemical reactions with in us.  I usually got the same feeling when consuming animal products but it would give me a drowsy feeling about 30 minutes after.  Some people would refer to this as the “itis”.  However, on this diet I do not ever catch this “itis” syndrome.  I do not feel slowed down ever.  I instead feel incredibly in tuned and present to what is going on around me.

I also am sleeping better when I am able to eat all of the right foods throughout my day.  Again, the key is to make sure that you are eating all of the right vitamins, nutrients and minerals.  For example.  A lot of my best feeling days so far have been when I eat meals like this…

Our Favorite Meals That Balance our Mind & Bodies

For breakfast I have a smoothie with almond milk, mixed berries, banana and various of other fruits (these smoothies really jump start my day with energy and a clarity of mind).  Throughout the day I love to munch on peanuts, cashews and almonds.   I also like Chai Tea Latte’s with coconut milk.  Anyways, I then make sure that I get my vegetables in at lunch and dinner.  I like to have salads, avocados, peppers, pickles, corn to name a few.  Peanut butter Jelly sandwiches are also my favorite too.  For dinner Marilyn and I love Veggie patty burgers.  They are so versatile on how you can dress them.  We also love Indian food because of all the spices.  We also have been big into rice and bean dishes.  Marilyn and I now know that eating legumes are a vital part of most of our dinner meals.  If we are able to get a day with a majority of these items then we feel amazing and the vegan diet is 100% worth it.

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So yea, you are what you eat.  Eating vegan, I have learned in a short time can be done in a healthy and unhealthy way.  It is very important to do your research on how to properly eat vegan.  We are not nutritional experts but in our brief vegan stint, we have done the research on how to do this diet the healthy way.  Luckily, we will make this easy for you with our weekly vegan recipe shopping list for our weekly vegan recipes.

Vegan Recipe Help is on the Way!!

Coming up soon we will be giving you a weekly shopping list for all of the vegan recipes we will be making during our week.  We want everybody to eat and live healthy like us.  We truly believe that eating this way can fight disease, balance our bodies and minds, improve our moods and make the world a better place.  We also hope that we can create recipes that are quick & easy.  If we can do that then we can help everybody who is working long days so that you too can enjoy a healthy diet instead of eating fast food all the time.

Marilyn and I will have more time in our personal lives to dedicate more effort in publishing our weekly vegan diet plans.  We hope that you guys fall in love with the vegan diet and in turn create a positive chain reaction that helps the people that you interact with.  There is nothing like plant power.  I truly believe this is the diet of the future.  I think only 3% of american’s are vegan.  This diet has only been officially around since the 1960’s.  Just think the more educated we become on the benefits of this diet how it is going to catch on.  We want to help the transition and the movement that is about to take place.  We can’t wait for you to join us on this journey and eat some tasty food along the way!

Eric

Hello I'm Eric and I am striving to educate people about plant based diets. I enjoy bowling, gardening and nature in my free time. Marilyn and I hope you find our site helpful in learning about a proper Vegan diet.

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  1. I have read quite a number of your posts and I must confess I’m pretty impressed with the lives of vegans and the meals. I have never for once attempt going fully into being a vegan but at this stage of my life  I’d love to try something new from what I have been doing. Are there anything I should know before going into being a vegan?

    • Thanks Dane.  The biggest thing I am learning is how to balance all of the nurtrients and vitamins with only a plant based diet.  I wrote an article on where you can find all of the vitamins and proteins that come from plants.  I hope these articles can help you : )

  2. Thanks for your updates on your vegan lifestyle. Good job on making it 3 months, that is probably longer than most people make it. So you definitely have a good level of commitment.
    When you’re vegan it’s important to get enough nutrients from alternate sources. When I was vegan it was mainly because I didn’t like the way the animals were treated in the process of turning them into food. That is a good reason to be vegan. There is also certainly a lot of science that supports why it would be healthy to be vegan.
    Do the best you can with veganism but also listen to your body and if you really don’t feel okay then just make sure you do what you need to do to get the nutrients that you need.

    • Thank you Edward.  I look forward to learning more about the proper way to balance all of the nutrients I need for this diet.  Are you no longer vegan?

  3. Hello Eric,

         Thank you for this informative post.  I’ve been looking at the vegan diet but I’m skeptical when it comes to me giving up meat.  Even eggs might be a problem, LOL.  That said, I’m currently on a low-carb diet and the foods you’ve described have me salivating as I’ve been missing much of them, beans, peanut butter and jelly… Ugh.

    I never gave much thought to the proper intake of vitamins when considering going vegan.  Good to know.

    I look forward to your recipes and hearing more about your vegan transition.

    Thank you,

         Scott

    • Thank you for the kind words Scott.  I used to love eggs myself.  However, this vegan diet has not been so bad.  It too has a lot of tasty meals and foods.

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