I have been a lacto-ovo vegetarian for 10 years. My venture into vegginess began with my yoga practice and learning how to hear my body. The more I listened to my body, the more I heard it saying that meat made it feel terrible. I edged slowly out of meat eating, but held fast to my (inordinate) love of cheese. I comfortably sat in my lacto-ovo-ness (that sounds gross) for all of that time.
Full disclosure: I’m not sure I can stick it out as a vegan. I do know, however, that my father’s third set of chemo treatments has made me rethink my attachment to animal products. Furthermore, my own recent years in graduate school shifted my focus from my mind-body connection into solo mind-ness. Away from mindfulness, I steadily gained weight each year (there have been 5, total, so far). Besides moving with less ease, this weight gain brought to my attention the multitude of fibroids populating my uterus for some time. The long of the short: my lifestyle has become glaring. Something has to change. I’m less interested in looking at the scale, per se, then feeling comfortable and well while sitting in this body. It is time for me to treat both my mind and my body as a combined and precious entity.
The healthiest I’ve ever felt was on a plant-based diet. Several years ago I spent a summer eating mostly raw, whole foods–fruits and vegetables, sometimes blended but never dehydrated. So, why not return to what I already know works for me? Oh yes… I remember why. I love food. I mean I really love food. Therefore, the least I can do is walk into veganism deliciously.
As a means of helping myself on my new vegan venture, I created this space to collect various recipes and wisdom from all over the web–sometimes adding my own experience. Here’s hoping that it not only helps me with my lifestyle shift, but can also add a bit to others.
Oh yes, and I read and study books, as well. Lots and lots of amazing books. I currently live in Nashville, TN but call Pennsylvania “home.”