Why Today is Amazing

Today is amazing for many reasons.

The weekend was awesome and it put me in such a positive mood for the day.

Saturday consisted of sleeping in

tree decorating

Pretty!

Pretty!

Christmas Shopping (Pretty much done!!)

and crossing things off our 24 Days of Togetherness countdown:)

Including wearing red and green:)

Including wearing red and green:)

It was wonderful.  We ended the night at Chipotle then came home to make Christmas cookies:)

I made my version of these and dom made peanut butter m&m cookies.

So yummy.

Sunday I worked with my sister and that was great because she’s great:)

After work we went to a Christmas party with my old co-workers and it was so fun and great to see some old friends:)

Another amazing thing.  I’m on day six of no calorie counting!! I’ve been counting for over 2 years.  It was helpful at first but I feel it’s been doing more harm than good the past several months and it just drives me CRAZY and it was time to quit it.  I’ve tried to several times and this time it’s working.  I made a decision last week to quit, said a little prayer in my head that I would be able to do it, and I did it!  I’ve heard people say how freeing it is to finally be able to quit counting calories and let me tell you, they are right!  It’s a strange amazing feeling!  It made going out to eat on Saturday night so much more enjoyable as well as enjoying a couple of cookies Saturday night without worrying so much about the numbers.  I feel great as well.  I had so many worries about quitting.  Stupid things like I will all of the sudden gain weight because I will be eating too much! Or I won’t be eating enough and all of my hard work in the gym will be worthless, etc.  Well those things don’t seem to be happening.  If anything I’ve been able to listen to my body more and eat when I need to and don’t eat when I’m not hungry instead of relying on getting x amount of calories during the day.   I’m just so grateful:)

Another reason today is AMAZING:

I had such a good lower body workout today full of leg presses, squats, leg extensions, etc.  I’m thinking I’ll be sore tomorrow.

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I’ve been increasing weight on several things pretty consistently lately (Plantpower, baby!)  including today!  Whoop whoop! 🙂  I struggle with added muscle in my legs but I’ve been seeing some muscle sneak in!  Feels good to be reaching my goals.

So that’s why today is great for me:)

What is making your day amazing?

Get Vegucated.

I did.

As I mentioned in my previous post I have adopted a plant-based (or vegan) diet for my own personal health.  (which I’m still loving.) And although I had no intentions of adding animal products back in to my diet besides the occasional egg, I have decided there is definitely no going back now.

Last week after the recommendation of a friend, Dom and I watched the documentary Vegucated.  All I can say is wow.

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It was a very eye-opening and intense film while still being funny and light-hearted at times.   I understand that this film was a little biased but the basics were there.  Although it is not a pushy or judgmental film at all I felt so selfish by the end of it.  Selfish for relying so much on animal products to try and build more muscle.  I didn’t realize how unnecessary that was, at least for me.  It’s really not hard to build muscle on a vegan diet.  I’ve noticed some good gains since eating a plant based diet.  Like some really good gains:)

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Anyway, the film follows 3 people who are meat and cheese lovers who adopt a vegan diet for 6 weeks in hopes of losing weight/getting healthy.  It uncovers the hidden parts of animal agriculture and factory farming.  It’s pretty sad and disgusting to say the least.  I won’t get into all the details, but I encourage you to watch it for yourselves.  Even if you have no desire in becoming vegan/vegetarian I think it’s good to watch just to educate yourself so you can make better choices when deciding where to purchase your meat and dairy.

I have seen a few documentaries and videos about factory farming and animal cruelty in my life but still made no changes in my diet except buying organic when possible.  But for some reason this really got me.  I guess I’m just in a different place in my life where I’m realizing that the way we get our meat, milk, eggs, etc is just not ok and I do not want to be a part of it.  I do not want to be a part of such a careless and violent industry.    Of course I believe in doing what is right for you.

I don’t believe meat is unhealthy.

It can absolutely be a part of a healthy diet.  But I’m also realizing that we do not need  it to survive; we can get all the vitamins, protein, etc that we need to from plant foods.   I enjoy meat and eggs but for myself I just can no longer give my money to an industry that THROWS AWAY animals because they are sick instead of giving them the care they need.  I’m not trying to be preachy and saying that veganism is the only way.  Of course not.  I’m in no place to say that especially because I’m so newly vegan.  I just think it’s important to be aware of how things are done so we can fight it and make smarter/kinder choices.  That is the only way things will change.

I’ve done some research of my own and here are some other reasons why I am choosing to stick with eating mostly plant based:

  • Farms used for meat and dairy production are huge sources of waste and air pollution. Just one large farm can create more waste than the entire city of Los Angeles!
  • Over 70% of grain produced in the US is fed to animals raised for slaughter.  To get just one pound of meat, it takes a full 15 pounds of grain. If this grain were given directly to people, there would be enough food to feed EVERYONE.  Plus the land the animals are raised on can be used to grow significantly more food than the land currently provides.  Now that’s a big deal.
  • With droughts happening all over the country, water is getting more valuable.  I found out it takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce just ONE pound of meat, as opposed to just 25 gallons for one pound of grain. CRAZY!!

Dom has also decided to adopt a mostly vegetarian diet eating meat only when we go out to eat or are at someone’s house which is amazing I think.  This will also make cooking a lot easier:)

Anyway, sorry if I sounded preachy or self righteous.  I don’t mean to be at all!  You have to do what’s right for you!  And for me this is it.  My eyes have been opened and I’m excited for all of the different things I am learning about fueling my body and workouts properly on a vegan diet.

Congrats if you made it to the end of this post;)

Be kind everyone.