I grew up on the all American diet of meat, potatoes, mac n cheese, pizza, soda, and any other junk you can think of. In my household my Mom called soda “the nectar of the God’s”. Yep, that is how I lived until about 5 years ago. 5 years ago if you had told me that I would embark on the journey to becoming a yoga living, tree hugging, dog owning, all natural, no meat eating, Southern California vegan girl, I would have scoffed at you. 5 years ago I didn’t even like veggies, and don’t even get me started on fruit. My diet consisted of the most bland ingredients you can imagine. Spices, what are they? Flavor, no thanks. Give it to me plain. If it was good for me, I didn’t want it, if it tasted good, I turned it away. Seriously, people close to me even made songs up about my terrible eating habits. I digress.
Last year, during yoga teacher training I decided that I wanted to become more conscious about what I ingested, so I tried the Vegetarian thing. I really enjoyed it, I lost weight, and I felt like I was adding something to the world. I was able to stay on the vegetarian train for about 9 months. That all changed when I stepped onto the scale to find that I had gained upwards of 15 pounds in a 2 month period. Horrified, I decided that it was because I was vegetarian that I had lost muscle and gained fat. It hadn’t occurred to me that instead of choosing healthy options I ended up eating tons of carbs and lots of other unhealthy crap. The typical story.
Fast forward to Christmas of 2012. Although I had gone back to eating meat, I still had boundaries. Boundaries that were about to get tested in a big way. For Christmas, it was suggested that we have ham. “Ew, I don’t dig on swine”, is the first thing that came to mind, but I decided to go along with it. Surely there would be tons of other food I could eat on this festive occasion. And tons of other food there was! Lavish spreads of expensive cheese, cookies and candies filled with butter and chocolate, and every decadent food you can imagine. It was the all American Christmas feast laden with swine, brine and plenty of wine. I’m not even going to try to lie, it was delicious. I ate ham for days after Christmas, I know, I cringe now when I think of it. I’m so sorry Mr. Piggy, I promise it won’t happen again.
I decided to try Vegan-ism for one month. It has been three weeks and I don’t see an end in sight for my new diet. I’m not saying, because I have decided to not eat animal products that my life has suddenly fallen into place notch by notch, but seriously, that just might be the case.With the dawn of the Age of Aquarius, I felt moved to change my ways, to wake up to the world around me, and to become truly conscious of the ripple I leave behind. In the weeks following Christmas I like to say that I had break ups, break outs, and breakthroughs. Many aspects of my life changed and it all led me to the path I am on today. A path which feels more organic and authentic than any I have been on in a long time, and I’m not just talking about my new path in the grocery store. There is something really special that happens when we wake up and decide to pay attention to a world outside of our own. It is magical, really.
Join me on this journey as I learn how to be Vegan, because right now, I’m Vegan & I’m Starving, but I love it!!
Courtesy of the Yoga Blog.