Tuesday, February 05, 2013
In my last blog I noted that I had watched an amazing documentary about the effects meat and animal products have on your body. On December 29, 2012 I pledged to PETA to be vegan for at least 30 days! Now making this change was a little drastic for me but I'm proud to say I only had four slip ups. Now that my pledge is over I still plan on keeping this lifestyle change because I feel so great!! My body feels awful if I try to eat any animal products now. My skin feels and looks so much better!!! The best part about this lifestyle change is that I have more energy and my daily headaches have stopped all together! I would drink about 120 oz of water daily, and would still get a headache everyday. I even considered seeing my uncle's brother who specializes in headaches and now I don't have to! I haven't had one headache since making this switch and I have to thank it all to becoming vegan. Who knew that just eating whole foods could have such a positive impact??!! I'll be sure to update about this journey to health but so far its been a wonderful ride!!
Sunday, December 30, 2012
So two days ago I was on Facebook and saw some photos of an old friend who had recently lost about 50 pounds in about 6 months. After catching up with her and congratulating her on her success I asked what she used as her motivation. (I lack motivation big time!) She told me it all started one night when she and her husband watched a movie on Netflix, suggested I watched it first then we could talk about it afterwards...
I thought hmm... I have never heard of this movie, I have Netflix, maybe later tonight I could watch it if I finish my assignments for class early enough. So I went about my day running errands for my mom and met up with another old friend to finally eat my first meal of the day at around 5 P.M. (which is not normal for me) We went to Chili's which is my weakness I love everything there!! I did everything wrong when I was there because I was so hungry! We had chips and salsa with queso dip on the side, margaritas, and to top it off we both had our OWN triple dippers!!! (I got big mouth bites split with boneless chicken wings) I luckily I couldn't even finish half of mine and took it to go. We left and went to go do some shopping and try to "walk it off." As we were dining I told my friend that I heard about this movie and when we parted ways I told her I would let her know how it went.
I returned home finished some of my assignments for school (winter mini) and I fired up my PS3 and went to Netflix. I didn't read the synopsis because to me it wasn't important what it was about but what I COULD LEARN FROM IT. I found myself shrieking and cringing in horror when they showed simulations of what is going on in your body, especially your arteries, when you consume meat and dairy products. Throughout the film I kept thinking to myself I'M KILLING MYSELF WITH FOOD!!! I'm 25 and I've been eating this "western diet" most of my life! For the first time I've been on this long journey I thought about my health and well-being over being thin, because my priority has always been be thin then be healthy and take care of myself. So during this film it was just a HUGE wakeup call! My priorities shifted and I emailed my friend on Facebook and told her I was just scared straight! Again I'm 25, I've been eating horribly for about 13 years of it and I thought to myself who knows what my arteries look like, how much damage I've done to my body, and I DON'T WANT TO DIE all because I eat horribly!
I watched this film about a year ago
This was an eye opener and I started eating more veggies but it wasn't science based or clinical based like Forks over Knives. So I'll admit I took the advice in but with a grain of salt. I obviously like to eat my food; why else would I be overweight! Drinking all my meals just wasn't realistic to me, so I couldn't take the message seriously.
After watching Forks Over Knives I went downstairs took my left overs and dumped them in the trash along with anything else (which was about 90% of my kitchen) that was a meat product, contained dairy or egg, and it was in the trash! So basically this film does talk about the importance of living a vegan lifestyle. The information is LIFE ALTERING!
So if anyone is like me, trying to lose weight because you simply wanted to be thinner and lacked all motivation to be HEALTHY, this film would be beneficial! I've had 3 trainers and a nutritionist even and they all tell you to eat meat, have milk, and whey protein to lose weight when really all this time I could have been on a whole foods diet and worked out and been more successful! I love cheese so I would eat my grilled chicken or fish with broccoli and cheese, or baked potato with a ton of cheese, and light sour cream. Or just a cheese stick! I now realize how much dairy I was actually consuming and that is pretty scary to think about! I'm in no way saying this would work for everyone but this movie really made me think! I've been on this journey for 4 years and itís been a yo-yo this whole time, so maybe this is the change I needed to make personally to be successful and most of all HEALTHY! But I'm glad to say I was SCARED STRAIGHT!
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
Make Small Commitments. Get Big Changes.
Compiled by Michael Dalton Johnson
Taking Care of You
Drink plenty of water.
Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.
Eat more fruits and vegetables and eat less that is manufactured in processing plants.
Avoid eating food that is handed to you through a window.
Live the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy.
Play more games.
Read more books than you did in 2009.
Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
Sleep for 7 hours.
Take a 10-30 minute walk daily. And while you walk, smile.
Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
Don't have negative thoughts of things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
Don't overdo. Keep your limits.
Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
Don't waste your precious energy on gossip.
Dream more while you are awake.
Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
Forget issues of the past. Don't remind others of their past mistakes.
Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.
No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
Learn a new word every day.
Smile and laugh more.
You don't have to win every argument.
Call your family often.
Each day give something good to others.
Forgive everyone for everything.
Spend time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.
Try to make at least three people smile each day.
What other people think of you is none of your business.
Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
The worst promise you can break is one made to yourself.
Do the right thing!
Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.
However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
The best is yet to come.
When you awake alive in the morning, thank God for it.
Your Innermost Self is always happy. Follow it.
No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
Keep these rules handy and review them often. Follow them and small, almost imperceptible, changes will accumulate into something big. Your life will change.
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