Continuing the journey to becoming vegan - July 19, 2015

Katharyn Brady By Katharyn Brady, 20th Jul 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2dvs1g3d/
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This article focuses on finding motivation to make a lifestyle change, changing one's diet and resources to finding vegan meal options.

Finding your motivation to change your lifestyle.

As I mentioned in yesterday's article, make changes to your diet slowly. You have a better chance of staying committed to your goals when you do it slowly.

Use common sense when making changes to your lifestyle. For example, if there is a food that you are sensitive or allergic to, don't eat or drink it. I met with my doctors and told them of the vegan lifestyle change I was making and they all supported me. I recommend that you do the same, especially if you have an existing health issue.

If you are like me, you may have been a meat eater all of your life. Possibly, you've begun to entertain the idea of moving to vegetarian or vegan, removing animal flesh or all animal products from your diet. What motivates you to take it from a thought into conscious action? What is the motivation to stick to the lifestyle, especially if your family and/or friends do not live this lifestyle and have no intention of changing just because you are?

I'll be honest, I have resisted going vegan for quite a few years, even though it has been a strong thought in my mind. But I didn't really have a strong motivation behind the thought. That is until I developed cancer at the end of 2013. Over the last 20 months, the cancer returned a number of times, the most recent was May of 2015. I have had multiple surgeries to remove tumors, radiation to prevent recurrence and chemo therapy to try to kill the cancer cells in my blood stream once and for all. That last therapy was effective for approximately 1 year. The cancer did not remain in remission. The next step for me was to try what several of my friends have successfully tried - go vegan. I am motivated to stick around for awhile and be healthy.

What is your motivation?

Changing your diet.

Changing your diet to vegan could feel overwhelming. Whatever culture you are from, you have a perception of what the various meals consists of. If breakfast has been bacon, sausage and eggs on Saturday morning or pouring milk on your cereal there are some adjustments that will need to be made.

Fortunately, there are plenty of people who have been vegan for quite some time and they contribute various meal recipes for us newbies to try.

One of my friends who successfully beat cancer by going vegan, pointed me to onegreenplanet.org as a recipe reference. I haven't tried any of the recipes, but they do look interesting. In an effort to help you navigate to where their recipes are, I've included a photo and circled "Recipe Monster" in a pink color. I saw a lot of creative and interesting recipes that I am looking forward to trying. You can also google "vegan recipes" and you will find plenty of sites to help you get started.

We can take this as an opportunity to embrace an adventure as we embark on doing something new.

My meals for today.

Of course, I started my day with 32 ounces of the carrot/apple mocktail.

Breakfast consisted of organic, gluten free hot oatmeal with fresh, very sweet peaches. The peaches were so sweet, I didn't even add any stevia sweetener to the oatmeal.

Lunch was a very large, green leafy salad with plenty of vegetables, chia seeds and sunflower seeds. Instead of traditional bottled dressing, I used 1 tablespoon of flax seed oil mixed with lemon essential oil. You can also use juice from a lemon. Mix those together with salt and pepper and you have a healthy dressing alternative.

For a snack, I look forward to my vegan protein drink. I like the Sun Warrior brand, vanilla flavor.

I make my smoothie/protein drink by adding 12 ounces of organic rice milk and the protein powder into the blender. Although I prefer rice milk, you can choose any of the vegan milks that are available. I usually add berries, a banana and other fruit that is in season. As I mentioned earlier, this week it is all about the peaches since they are so sweet and juicy right now.

Dinner will be a faux spaghetti. For the noodles, I bought some spaghetti squash. I bake mine in the oven, never the microwave. Cut it in half, scrape out the seeds and put a little olive oil on it, Himalayan salt and organic pepper to taste. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Place the spaghetti squash, flesh down, in an oven pan and then put the pan into the oven. Determine the length of time to be in the oven based on the size of the squash. When it is done, you can scrape the squash out of it's shell and it will look like spaghetti.

In addition to the spaghetti squash, I also slow cook vegetables for the spaghetti. The vegetables will still be quite crunchy but not quite raw. Cooking on low heat helps to retain the nutritional value of the vegetables. Once the vegetables are cooked, I add a tomato sauce made by "Uniting Biodynamic Farms" with a little salt and pepper and cook for about 10 minutes on low - delish!

Although I like all of the food I have eaten today, it's important to have variety so you don't get bored. Nothing like being bored to challenge your lifestyle commitments.

As I try some of the recipes from One Green Planet, I'll write about them.

Tomorrow's discussion: Supplements

There are at least two points of view when it comes to supplements. Tomorrow, I want to look at whether to supplement or not supplement.

Other articles related to this topic:

Sending cancer into remission using food.
Journey to a vegan lifestyle - July 18, 2015

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Cancer, Cancer Fighting, Healthy Lifestyle, Healthy Living

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author avatar Katharyn Brady
I have survived cancer multiple times. It took 8 surgeries, 33 sessions of radiation and chemo therapy. My focus is on being healthy in mind, body and spirit and helping others do the same.

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author avatar Althea
20th Jul 2015 (#)

I haven't tried any vegan food, but I'm willing to try some.

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author avatar Katharyn Brady
20th Jul 2015 (#)

Althea - let me know if you try something that you like.

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