Monday 10 July 2017

Why I Turned Plant Based

I turned plant based about  a year and a half ago and I have no intention of turning back. When I say plant based I mean I am mostly vegan and those times when I am travelling or eating out, I am not that crazy person who will starve; I just settle for the most vegan friendly item available and hope for the best! Sometimes when I feel like it I allow my self a piece or two of dark chocolate (not necessarily vegan). I also recently tried drinking hot water with apple cider vinegar with raw honey to help me sleep better.

Why I turned plant based?

Just to let you know, I did not hop on this band wagon because its trendy at the moment. I had thought about turning vegan/plant based for a long time before I actually did. When it happened I had the strongest gut feeling that it was the best/right thing to do.

I decided to listen to my body and respect and honour what it was telling me to do. The reaction to certain things was very visceral. Every fibre in my body was repelling not just meat and dairy but also alcohol and caffeine.

Why was this happening? I m not entirely sure... at the time, it just felt the right thing to do. It still feels right today! And then eventually being cruelty free and ethical became important too.

Currently I am aiming to be as cruelty free as possible although I am not entirely sure if the human race can ever be completely cruelty free. Veganism as a lifestyle extends to every aspect. It's not just food, its also fashion, beauty, house hold items and much more. The aim is to be more and more mindful every single day and move towards being as ethical as possible. I know I have a long long way to go, but at least I am trying.

How turning plant based has helped me.
  • My digestion has improved massively
  • I feel stronger and more energetic. I feel this especially when I am working out.
  • I am calmer and happier and being plant based is one of the reasons for this.
  • I feel lighter in my body. Just to clarify I haven't lost weight but I do feel light inside, if that makes sense. 
  • It has made me more self aware. 
  • It has made me conscious and mindful in every aspect of my life.
  • It has helped in instilling a strong sense of compassion for not just animals but for every other living being on this planet.
  • It has also made me appreciate everything that I already have in my life and it has helped inculcate the feeling of being truly grateful.
  • It has helped me raise my vibration.

My top tips if you are considering going vegan and/or plant based.
  • Always keep your why in front of you. Be very clear about why you are doing this. Having a big enough why will help you easily flow through each day every day.
  • Don't suddenly go all out. If you think it's going to be hard, try doing it in increments. Try going dairy free for a while or trying going meat free for a few weeks. See how you feel. Or just try it for a few weeks, if you don't feel like it don't do it.  Don't be too hard on yourself. 
  • Don't do it just because its trendy or your friends are doing it or succumb to peer pressure.
  • Be gentle with yourself and allow yourself to make mistakes. A lot of things are deceptively vegan especially whilst eating out.
  • Don't be that annoying vegan who forces everyone else to try it as well. 

Are you thinking about going plant based and/or vegan? Have any questions? Leave me a comment and I will get back to you.


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