Life’s Journey 142

Day 2832:

Good morning people! Sitting down to type and realize how much I miss it. I have my computer, my fudge fat bomb, and my bulletproof coffee or keto coffee.


Recipe:

1 serving of your favorite coffee (black)

1 tbsp of coconut oil

2 tbsp of coconut milk (or heavy cream for you non-vegans)

5 drops of liquid stevia (I use chocolate flavor)

To switch things up a bit, sometimes I like to add in a tbsp of (unsweetened) cocoa powder or a tbsp of peanut butter powder.


If you’re interested in the delicious fat bombs, recipe here—–> Fudge Fat Bombs

A note for that one, I like to roll it in unsweetened coconut flakes!


 

I had off yesterday, which is normally my food prep day, but I didn’t do it so I get to rush around and do it before work today, lol. I do food prep meals for me and the husband so that when it comes time for work, it’s just grab and go. He usually makes himself a couple of chicken breasts, mini meatloaf, steak strips for riceless stir-fry, and other things along those lines, plus his side veggies. Mine is way easier. I usually have tofu or seitan on most days with zucchini noodles, spinach, roasted mushrooms, kale, etc. I actually really like doing the meal prep so that I can just grab my lunch and 1-2 fat bombs and head on my way.

I don’t feel very restricted surprisingly. The only differences that I really made was to take bread, rice, and pasta out of my diet and add in more avocado and coconut oil. I can honestly say that I feel good. I thought I felt amazing when I switched to a plant-based diet but this feels even better.

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This is my lunch today! Kale, mushrooms, onions, sauteed in coconut oil, salt, pepper, and hot pepper flakes with a side of Beyond sausage. It’s gonna be a yummy day!!!!!

 

It’s so hard and so frustrating to get through to people. I see so many people around me every day that are sick, overweight, struggling with mental health issues, diabetes, etc. It is hard to see that and not want to shake people and say STOP DOING THIS TO YOURSELF! It is an easy change. I’ve lost 40+ pounds and kept it off. I am no longer pre-diabetic, my blood pressure returned to normal, since I am not consuming animal products, my cholesterol is only at 115 (anything 150+ is a very high risk for heart attack). People make fun of me and tell me that they have grass clippings for me to eat, they ask me where I get my protein, if I’m nutrient deficient, blah blah blah… but you know what? I’m okay with that. The whole time they are mocking me I’m just laughing on the inside. The average life expectancy of a vegan vs. an omnivore… 10 more years for the vegan. Mock away! My food is filling, delicious, and it’s fuel for my body. I don’t need something else to die in a violent way to sustain myself. ❤

 

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Life’s Journey 141

Day 2831-

Well, I’ve been on the keto diet (vegan of course) since around 6/1/2018. I started at 183lbs and 33% BMI. Today I weighed in at 172lbs and 31% BMI. 1% more and I am overweight and NOT obese. I can honestly say that I feel much better with just those 11lbs gone. My pants are falling down, I don’t over eat anymore, and I think my sugar addiction is pretty much gone.

I am tired today but I figured that I would touch base and give an update.

Check out more info on my Insagram to keep up to date with yummy meals and milestone weight checkins!

 

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Until next time. ❤

 

 

Life’s Journey 140

Day 2805:

Why did I go vegan?

Sometimes it isn’t just as easy as one reason. I was unhealthy and unhappy. I had a stroke a couple of years ago. I was overweight, had high blood pressure, high cholesterol. I have children and a husband to live for, I have me to live for.

I went plant-based a year ago in order to fix the things I did to myself. I read everything I could, watched documentaries, listened to actual doctors and nutritionists, and then decided that it was the best thing I could do for myself. Over my first month I went from plant-based to vegan (maybe 2 months). What’s the difference?

Plant-based means that you don’t consume animal products, no eggs, no meat, no dairy. Just cutting out those things cut down my cholesterol by a lot (considering that cholesterol is only found in animal products). I was on a quick road to a heart attack. I wasn’t bloated anymore either! I didn’t have awful stomach aches in the morning (found out I was lactose intolerant) followed by not-so-pleasant bowel issues.

At 5’2” and 215lbs, I was beyond unhealthy. I, like most people in the US, work during the day and somehow thought that McDonalds was a sufficient lunch. Come on past me, get your shit together. I was drinking coffee for breakfast, then coffee on the way to work (so what, I like— uhhh love coffee) with a bagel with cream cheese and hashbrowns, then probably a bag of chips for a snack, then lunch was usually something quick (since I get a 30 minute break including food pickup) like McDs, BK, or Wendys (double cheeseburger, fries, large coke). Dinner time… chicken, baked potato, bread, and a veggie… ya know, to make it healthy.

So, like I said, I went from plant-based to vegan. I didn’t just jump in head first without doing any research. I wanted to feel better and be better. It wasn’t until I started digging deeper, that I was confronted with what my actions were actually doing. Like I said before, once you know something, you can’t unknow it. I’m not going to go into the gore-filled details, you can look that up yourself.

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I’m not saying that people shouldn’t eat meat, but don’t be a jerk about it to those of us who choose not to. Also, you should know where your food comes from. Respect what another being gave you because your taste buds are more important than their life. It just amazes me the double standards that we have. If we forced humans to live in the conditions that we make these animals, someone would speak up. If we were forcibly raped and impregnated just to have our babies taken away from us for someone else to consume our milk, we would be in prison. But they are just animals…. yeah, so are we. They aren’t smart enough to compare to humans. Okay, so if a person has a low enough IQ, it’s okay to eat them? What about your dog?

With even all of that stuff out of the way, I find it very funny that when you post anything, even a picture of a salad that didn’t use breast milk and used a vegan alternative, there is someone always posting a picture of a slab of meat or a steak or something along those lines. Cool, you don’t understand something, so make fun of it? Gotta love the less than intelligent trolls. No need for that BS, just keep strolling. I mean, when you do it on a vegan specific page or post, you are clearly going out of your way to just be a douche. We get it, you live in your mom’s basement and have no friends. Good for you.

 

Life’s Journey 139

Day 2667-

Life has its ups and downs. Things have been going okay. Depression comes and goes, anxiety looms over me every day. I need a change. I feel healthier since I changed to a vegan diet. I’ve been more conscious about the things I use and do as far as animals go. I didn’t even think about that when I changed my diet, I just wanted to be healthier.

Another thing that I have recently changed is the fact that things don’t make me happy. I have been getting rid of more and more stuff lately. Have I used this recently? Will I use this in the near future or am I holding onto it… just in case? Does this cause me long term happiness? Does this contribute to my health? Those are the things that I ask myself when I am either buying something or thinking about throwing stuff out/donating/selling. Letting go of things is really starting to feel good. It feels freeing! I am enjoying the fact that I can appreciate the things that I do keep even more. This also gives me more time with my family and less things that I have to clean up. I recently threw out about 60% of my clothes and a bunch of books that I wasn’t using, I gave to the church across the street. I still have a long way to go, but I think that I am off to a good start. I’ve been doing the same thing with my thoughts. If it’s not that important, let it go. If it is important, say something after you actually thought out the situation. This has been making life so much easier.

I have also been re-evaluating my relationships lately as well. Who is helping me and who is holding me back? I just celebrated 8 years being married to my husband. I can say that, right now, we have a better relationship than we ever had. Communication is the best thing that I can say has changed everything that we look at. We talk about everything now, we make time for each other, we go out of our way for each other. It is so nice. I know that when he comes home from work, I get a good morning kiss and when I wake up, I make him breakfast. It’s the little things that we do for each other that count and really make a difference. i can tell that he is going out of his way to make me happy every day and I do the same for him. It feels so good all around. Something as simple as a nice hot cup of coffee and video games together before I have to go to work or our family dinner and game night on Wednesdays. I make sure that I have off on Wednesday every week because I know he does too and that gives us at least 1 day to spend together from wake up to sleep. He really is my everything and I am so lucky to have a guy as great as he is.

Then… there are the terrible relationships…

I had someone that I was friends with for 7 years. We were military wives together. She found herself homeless with her 16 year old son. We took them in for Christmas so that they didn’t have to spend Christmas and New Years in a shelter. She ended up being a nightmare. So condescending and awful. When no one else was around, she would just talk down to me and psychoanalyze everything that I did. When I told her something that she was doing in my home bothered me, instead of saying “oh, I’m sorry” she would say, “why does that bother you? What are you insecure about?” What a scumbag way to talk to someone who is trying to help you. She pretty much told me that my house was messy… I have 2 kids and my husband and I both have full time jobs… with more hours during the holidays. She was just being an asshole pretty much. I didn’t trust her very much from the first day that she was there because she waited until we pulled up in front of my house to tell me that she had a boyfriend in prison here… after I drove for almost 6 hours both ways to go and pick them up and bring them here. Right after that, all she did was talk shit on the lady that took them in before us. Ungrateful. When my husband asked her to leave, she tried to guilt him and I into letting them stay. She took my work sneakers with her that I let her use since she had to walk to a lot of places and didn’t have sneakers. $65 work sneakers gone. Then she had the nerve to say that she didn’t take them, but she is a liar and doesn’t lie well, so I already know that wasn’t true. I also found my stamp holder, which holds 100 stamps, empty and in my door organizer… I used about 10 stamps out of the whole thing. I gave her $75 out of my paycheck to use for things that they needed that they couldn’t get with food stamps (socks, gloves, hats, sneakers) but instead she put $25 of it on her boyfriend’s phone account and the other $50 on his commissary. Way to take care of your child first… that’s a shitty person. She had the nerve to tell me that she was going to call Social Services on my husband and I because we neglect our children and don’t take care of them. Riiiiigggghhhtttt. We both have full-time jobs, the kids are fed (and healthy food with barely any processed crap), they have more than what they need and never want for anything, and they are happy. My kids are taken care of. I don’t know where someone that tells their 16 year old son that he should “drop out of school and get a job because 2 incomes are better than one” gets off on saying anything bad about the people that took them in since she can’t take care of her own obviously. People like her make me loose faith in humanity. She is teaching her son that living as a mediocre person is okay to do in life and she is giving him a shitty start to his adult life. It really is sad because it is a cycle that she is starting, not ending. Truly sad.

All-in-all, things have been really good lately. Even the bad stuff doesn’t seem as bad because I have been changing the way that I have been thinking about things. I feel like I am more at peace with a lot of things and hopefully, as I continue to work on myself more, it will only keep getting better. Today, whether I am happy or depressed, I am still good with myself, and that is what is important.

Life’s Journey 138

Day 2583:

Soooooo, I’m super excited! I’m down 15 lbs and 2.8% body fat! I have more energy, I’m happier, less anxious, just overall better. My cravings for fast food and other stuff have gone away. I didn’t even know that that was a thing.

So, I’ve heard so many things that ignorant people have said since I went vegan. Here is some of the list:

  1. Oh so you hate your life?  What???? I love my life, duh, that’s why I did it! I want to be healthier and live a longer, better, more enjoyable life!
  2. hmmmm bacon is soooo good though! kk, enjoy it! I’m not stopping you, I promise.
  3. But vegan food has no flavor! ummm… no. You are so wrong if you actually believing that mess. I can make anything delicious and flavorful. I have so much variety and amazingness to my meals. It’s not all celery and carrot sticks people!’
  4. Tofu is gross though, you’re nasty. I mean, that’s your opinion. I think it’s funny though that some of the people that say that… haven’t actually TRIED tofu. Crispy buffalo tofu bites…. *drool*
  5. But protein!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So, no offense or anything, but if you think that meat is the only way that you get protein, you are a complete and total idiot. 100 calories of ground beef has 4 grams of protein, 100 calories of spinach has 13 grams.
    1. black beans
    2. tofu
    3. nuts
    4. tempeh
    5. garbanzos
    6. broccoli
    7. quinoa
    8. lentils
    9. potatoes
    10. Mushrooms
  6. So I should just give you my lawn clippings, right? Sure dude, because I live off of salad. I think I’ve had 3-4 salads in the past month.
  7. There are so many things that you can’t eat anymore. Aren’t you going to miss it? No. Anything you can make, I can make vegan. That’s just how it is.
  8. Being vegan is soooooo expensive. I couldn’t imagine doing that. The most expensive things that most people buy as far as groceries go are meat, cheese, and eggs. Since I went vegan, I spend less at the grocery store.
  9. How long are you going to do that? Well, depends on how long I want to live healthy I guess.
  10. Vegans are weaker because they don’t eat meat.

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So, next time you think you are being cute or funny by saying any of these things, 1. your opinion means nothing to me 2. you’re talking out of your ass 3. I didn’t become vegan without doing any research. 4. Not all vegans are all about save the animals, I know that my clothes are made from animal products and I don’t plan on eating my pants.  5. My decision to become vegan doesn’t have any effect on  you at all so don’t worry about me.

Just because I decided to do something for myself that is much healthier doesn’t mean you have to try and put me down because you don’t agree with it. Do some research before you open your mouth. You do you and I’ll do me.

Bring each other up, don’t put each other down. Know better, do better.

Life’s Journey 136

Day 2526:

 

So tired. Only 2 more days until vacation… and I need it! My brain is just D O N E. Between juggling our schedules, Morgan’s appointments, work, and just life, I’m tired.

This week has been…. ugh. That’s all I can say about that.

I got hungry 3 nights ago. Not knowing what I wanted, I threw something together. Tofu sauteed in sesame oil with sweet, heat, chili sauce, green and wax beans, green onion, and sesame seeds. Turned out to be phenomenal!! Totally making this again!

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2 nights ago we had Japanese curry. The hubs and the kids had theirs with panko crusted chicken and onions and I had mine with crispy tofu, onions, green onions, steamed broccoli, and garbanzo beans.

So yesterday for lunch… leftovers!!!!!!!!

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I didn’t think that I could find much at the Chinese buffet if I went with my family… but that happened too!

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I can’t wait until next week. I like spending time in Lancaster, PA because I get some super yummy fruits and veggies so dinners will be exceptionally good next week. Fresh and local is definitely the way to go.