Friday, March 26, 2010

8 weeks

So it has officially been 8 weeks since going Vegan and I am loving this lifestyle. The funny thing is, it is moving me more towards a totally natural life style. Gone are any toxic cleaners, replaced by earth friendly and/or homemade safe cleaners. I even bought Soap Nuts for laundry. Soap nuts, what the heck? They are from a tree and they really do clean your clothes. I got them through If I'm putting better things in my body, I might as well take it further and make sure that toxic crap is not going down my drain!

My dogs are vegan now too! They are eating Natural Balance Vegetarian dog food. They actually love their food and are getting in better shape after being overweight. They even help me eat some of my leftover veggies. Shadow likes veggies more than Truman, but once Truman sees Shadow eating it, he usually joins in. My cats aren't vegan and will not be going the vegan route as they are carnivores. Although Mondavi loves bananas (as long as they are still fairly green) and will come running into the room if he hears me peel the skin off them. Cats surely have bionic ears!

I have replaced almost all my skin/body care items with vegan, animal product free products which I am loving! My favorites so far are MyChelle Dermaceuticals (most are vegan), JulieGabriel Organic SkinCare and jeune d'age organics serum. I'm a total product junkie and love trying out new products, so this has been really fun. What wasn't fun was the 7 weeks it took my skin to detox. Woo, boy I thought I was going through puberty again! Now it's calming down and looking good!

I even detoxed my hair care routine and am using Morrocco Method products, all vegan and natural. It took about 2 weeks to detox my hair, but now it is SO soft and I love it. I even decided to try giving up my hair coloring. I know TOTAL shock huh peeps? I have highlighted my hair since those first irritating gray hairs started popping up in when I was in my mid 20s. So I used the Marigold shade of henna from Morrocco Method and it looks really good. Slowly I might add in some light brown/dark blonde to get back to my natural color, if I can figure out what that is. I was born a toe head blonde and slowly got darker into the light browns. It'll be a fun adventure. 

Getting more veggies into my body using green smoothies which rock! They are such a great way to get a bunch of veggies in one meal.

I had an awesome lunch the other day in Portland at Blossoming Lotus, it's an all vegan restaurant and it was packed. It is a small spot with only 15 tables or so, but on a Thursday at 11:45 am it was fully packed which I thought was just awesome! The ladies sitting next to me, probably in their mid 50's, were so excited they kept asking everyone what they were eating because it all looked so good! It was hard to choose what to eat, but I had the goddess bowl (kale, greens, quinoa, avocado goddess dressing, tempeh). They also do a lot of raw vegan foods which I will try next time I am up there. I'm trying out some different raw recipes at home this weekend and can't wait!

My ghost hunting, vegan buddy Veronica told me I'd feel lighter. And the weird thing is, I do. It is not the weight loss (which is great) but you just feel lighter, less sluggish and just overall better! It has been very interesting when I tell people I'm vegan. The responses have ranged from "Tell me it isn’t true, you aren't turning into a CRAZY?" to "That's awesome, I think that's so cool" to "Good for you". Why such a disparity? Still haven't figured that one out yet! I think it's lack of knowledge of how good a vegetarian or vegan diet can be for you. Or perhaps it is the old idea that the only people who are vegan are hippies. Simply not true. There are actually a lot of athletes who are vegan so when people ask how you can work out and be fit being vegan...let's see Carl Lewis, Olympic track gold medalist, Brendan Brazier Ironman Triathlete, and there are many more.

Even if this doesn't inspire someone to "go veg", maybe it'll make people think and cause them to incorporate more whole foods, veggies and less junky stuff into their diets. 

Eat your veggies, 


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