Monday, February 27, 2012

Two Years Down, 106 to Go!

Two years ago today, I decided to quit cold turkey.  Literally, I stopped eating cold turkey, hot turkey, lukewarm turkey, and many other animal products I previously found so delicious.  The reason I decided to become a vegan was because one night, Tim and I watched The Cove (read about my take on the film here), and the next day I was trying to eat lunch, but the chicken and sausage in my soup was making me gag.  So I threw it out, grabbed a veggie sub from Subway, and never looked back.

The next two years were a whirlwind for me.  After a successful first 30 days of my new diet, I felt like my body had always been secretly craving this way of life.  I've heard of other friends who've tried to out a vegan diet for a few days and felt weird, and honestly I don't know any good advice to give them.  My body was really hungry for the first day while I tried to figure out what to eat (deciding to cut out most of your normal food in a five second decision without researching it first is always an excellent idea) but then...I was just in bliss.

For a good five years throughout high school and college, I had massive tension headaches that I could never really get rid of.  Pain killers never helped; the only time I felt better was when I closed my eyes and fell asleep.  I've also had trouble falling asleep since childhood, so that wasn't a great pain management strategy.  Eventually, my doctors and I figured out that anti-depressants seemed to ward off the headaches.  This may be a little TMI for some folks, but I've also always had horrible period cramps- to the point where'd I'd get nauseous from the pain.  I thought I was dying during my first ever period.  Every month since, I'd almost faint, and have to go home sick from work and school. Needless to say, this monthly problem didn't seem to have a solution and it wasn't making me happy!

Nowadays, I no longer take anti-depressants for my headaches.  My latest prescription ran out a month after becoming vegan, and I never renewed it.  And guess what?  I can't even remember the last major headache I've had.  And my periods aren't nearly as bad as they used to be.  Sometimes I can get away without taking a single Ibprofen pill, and on the worse months, I usually only need a day's worth!

Anyway, I'm not trying to convince the world that you all need to adopt a plant based diet.  But I definitely urge everyone to eat make health conscious food choices!  Listen to your body and give it what it craves!  But always remember one important detail: health is a journey, not a test!  It's not all over if you "mess up" one day and eat something bad for you.  It's all a part of what your body wants.  Tomorrow is a new day, and all that other uplifting nonsense.

And girls: calorie counting never helped anyone.  Who gives a damn who many calories you have?  You can eat 1200 calories a day of chocolate cake and lose weight, or eat 2000 calories worth of vegetables, and which do you think is going to feed your body better?  On that note, happy Monday!

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