Good morning friends! Wedding season has finally started for me (if you didn’t know, I am also a wedding photographer), and things have begun to get busy! I’ve been slacking off on creating posts for this blog, and I really wish I had more time to spend on it! I purchased a few new vegan cookbooks and am weekly testing out new yummy recipes. We are also building a few more garden boxes and getting ready for spring planting season!
Well, today I have another “interview” to share with you! Meet Stephanie! Stephanie is a wonderful friend, hair stylist and photographer… as well as a new vegan! She made the switch just a few weeks after we did, and I am always inspired by her recipe posts and food creations (not to mention her DIY craftiness).
Thanks for sharing your story, Stephanie! :)
1. Describe your old diet.
I was never the kind of person who dieted or cut anything out. I would have my fair share of junk food, but I kind of went with the idea of eating things in moderation. Although I have always had a weakness for cheese. Like many others, I was raised thinking that meat gave me my protein and dairy gave me my calcium, so I would often include these in my meals (with a side of veggies if I had them on hand). Also, I live alone so unless I was cooking for a few people I would usually just make small meals that took little to no time to cook and snack a lot.
2. Describe your current diet (vegetarian/vegan/plant-based).
I have been eating a vegan/plant-based diet for 6 weeks now. I have given myself the allowance of about 5% dairy if I don’t have any other options, but in all honesty with the exception of a weekend vacation, where I had some dairy, I haven’t even strayed away from the vegan diet. Nor have I wanted to. I usually juice once or twice a day and make all my meals at home.
3. What inspired you to change? (books, films, friends, family, etc.)
4. What one piece of truth impacted you the most?
I think it was all of the studies on how much our diets impact our health. I am a very fortunate person who has very little health problems. I don’t struggle with obesity, heart disease or diabetes, but I didn’t want to become a statistic when I can simply change what I am eating and prevent most of those things from happening to me.
5. What changes, if any, have you noticed physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually?
6. What’s your favorite part about your new lifestyle?
Like I mentioned earlier- I wouldn’t put a lot effort into my meals prior to switching, because it was just for me. But now I come home from a long day on my feet (as a hairstylist) and I turn the music on and head straight to the kitchen to make dinner. I have been enjoying learning about new recipes and trying new things. I end up making at least one dinner and lunch that evening. Caring about what I eat has made such a huge impact on the way I cook.
7. Tell us one of your go-to foods or meals.
What do you have to lose? Give it one month and see how much better you feel!