Q: How did you lose all that weight?
A: People ask this so much that I decided to dedicate a whole blog to it. Here’s what I did.
Q: Did it take a lot of willpower and discipline?
A: This is a big NO!!! I was weak when it came to food. My friends could talk me into fast food – hot wings, cheese fries, cheeseburgers, you name it. As a matter of fact, many times I was the one talking them into going out to eat. But I found that once you start giving your body the nutrients that it craves/needs, your cravings start to fade. You will still likely crave certain flavors – like something cheesy or BBQ taste or a bacon taste, but there are so many vegan –alternatives to those things. And unlike any other diet I’ve ever been on, when I give my body something nutritious, the craving for junk goes away. These days I’m pretty strong – I don’t have intense cravings at all.
Q: Do you still eat fish?
A: I was surprised to get this question so often. No, I do not. I don’t eat any meat, fish, chicken, or animal products of any kind (includes milk, eggs, and cheese).
Q: Are you an animal activist?
A: To a certain extent, yes. I didn’t become a vegan because of animal cruelty. I became a vegan solely due to health issues. However, I feel that my moral compass is pointed in the right direction. Once I started learning more about how certain animal products are produced, I knew I was making the right choice. I tell people about the cruelty animals face to provide us with food any time they ask.
Q: Where do you get your protein?
A: Where do you get yours?? Seriously, this has not been an issue. I eat lots of spinach, tofu, beans, and brown rice. I suppose that’s where I get the majority of my protein. Veggies have protein too! Until I start trying to sculpt my body and perhaps get into competitions, I don’t really worry about it. I get blood work done once a year to check all of my levels. If you’re worried about it, track what you eat with an app like MyFitnessPal.
Q: Is it more expensive to eat this way?
A: I don’t know how this rumor got started. Veggies are cheaper! Also, my dining out budget has plummeted – simply because I don’t trust what’s in the food, how it’s cooked, or I have issues with cross contamination.
Q: What’s the most difficult thing you’ve faced eating this way?
A: Staying in a hotel. When I’m in a regular hotel room, I obviously can’t cook my food. So I’m limited to raw produce or finding a grocery store with a microwave where I can heat up a vegan meal (not ideal). Even worse, some locations don’t have vegan alternatives – so that limits me to just produce and cold beans in a can. We try to find a suite with at least a microwave, and we take food that tends to be hard to find in a remote grocery store. Even though it sounds inconvenient, it’s a price I’m willing to pay – and I tend to drop more body fat on these types of trips J
Q: How do I know if something is vegan or not?
A: Read the label! You will eventually learn what is and isn’t vegan. Obviously, anything with meat in it isn’t vegan. For milk and eggs, those are common allergies and will appear just under the ingredient list as shown below.
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