What Could Happen Going Vegan

∴What you might experience going vegan∴

This year I will be 6 years old! Six years of being vegan that is 😉 And I’ve said this a million times that going vegan was the best decision I ever made. I’ve also said before, that the reason I initially went vegan was because I wanted to lose weight. I did lose weight…15lbs. But, I also experienced a few other things that a lot of fellow vegans don’t know or just failed to mention about what you may experience when going vegan.

Now this has been MY experience, and I am only sharing with you what you may experience based off of mine.

What you may experience going vegan include, but aren’t limited to these and are in no particular order:

  • SKIN ERUPTIONS.
  • MILD COLDS/SNIFFLES.
  • NAUSEA.
  • HEADACHES/DIZZINESS.
  • FEELING “WEAK” OR “SICK”.
  • BODY ODOR.

Now, I know all these may sound pretty intense. But what people fail to realize is that these are detox symptoms. These things are also more likely to happen if you go vegan “cold turkey” like I did. Your body is purging itself from all the dead flesh, toxins and build up that has accumulated over the years from eating animals and their by-products. So, you may see more pus-filled pimples; runny nose aka sniffles; increased body odor and sweating. Your body is literally going through an internal transformation that is manifesting externally.

A lot of people have told me, “oh I tried the vegan thing but it made me sick. My doctor told me to quit because it was making me anemic.” And what I tell them is, there is no such thing as going vegan making you sick. You are detoxing. That’s what you are experiencing, especially if you just went vegan a week or two ago. Like you haven’t even given yourself time to adjust. You have to think about how long were you eating animals, and how long it’s going to be before you fully adjust to eating a plant-based diet. The change doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a process.

One very important tidbit of information I would like to share is that it is very important to eat balanced, nutrient rich foods. Take a multivitamin that includes iron and b12. Drink at least 6-8 cups of water daily. And I promise you will be good to go forever on a plant-based regimen.

Aside from the detox symptoms I mentioned above, there are way more benefits for you going vegan that you will experience! I’ll share with you some of mine.

  1. WEIGHT LOSS! 
  2. INCREASED ENERGY.
  3. MENTAL CLARITY.
  4. SPIRITUAL REAWAKENING! 
  5. HEAL QUICKER. IF I DO HAPPEN TO CATCH A BUG, BUT THAT IS VERY RARE. YOUR IMMUNITY TO THINGS GO WAY UP. ALMOST FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE SUPER POWERS! 🙂
  6. ABLE TO BALANCE ALL ASPECTS OF YOUR LIFE BETTER.

There are so many more benefits to going vegan, not just for yourself but for the planet too. It has truly allowed me to sleep better a night knowing I did not cause harm, or contribute to the harm through purchase or eating of animals. I am confident in my decision. I have healed myself and my family living this way. And I don’t see myself ever going back because life is too good!

Peace & Balance Always!

Thank you for reading 😉

 

 

OK I’m Vegan, So What Can I Eat?

I’m Vegan…Now What?

If you are new to veganism by choice or by necessity it can be confusing, frustrating, and difficult trying to figure out what to eat; or how to prepare your favorite dishes vegan-friendly. It seems like a lot but it’s really simple. NO Animal Products!

1st: Understand that selecting organic & non-gmo is most important. It’s imperative that you become an avid label reader. Look for these labels: images Also, know that organic produce starts with the number 9. Some organic & non-gmo products do not have these labels on them, but they have been verified by third-party organizations. That’s why it’s imperative that you read ingredients and labels.

2nd: You should know the many names dairy can hide under: Whey, whey protein, lactose, heavy cream, butter, cheese, milk, casein, margarine, any animal based creams or milks, natural flavors, and many more, but these are the majority. This website has a more extensive list: http://www.godairyfree.org/dairy-free-grocery-shopping-guide/dairy-ingredient-list-2

3rd: No Eggs, egg whites, liquid eggs, or egg powder. No Animal flesh (chicken, turkey, beef, pork or fish/sea-creatures) or animal fats.

4th: Non-inflammatory oils to use for cooking or baking include, almond, avocado, coconut, and olive. Oils to steer clear of include: canola oil, corn oil (usually labeled vegetable oil), peanut oil, butter, margarine, partially or hydrogenated oils in any form, and cottonseed oil. Now some people feel canola oil is okay if it’s organic. It’s your choice.

I’m from the south where they cook everything in milk, butter, meat, eggs & animal fat. Yes, even their vegetables. So, here are some ideas on how to revise your favorite southern mainstays:

  • GREENS: Instead of cooking your greens (collards, turnips, mustard greens, kale) in fatback, butter, & meat, substitute those items with vegetable stock, garlic, onions, little salt, smoked paprika, black pepper, splash of apple cider vinegar and coconut oil or olive oil.
  • I LOVE cooking with vegetable stock. It’s very versatile. I cook most veggies with it, as well as, rice & quinoa.
  • BEANS: Become excited about the many spices and herbs that the earth has provided. Experiment! Some of my favorites to add to my beans & peas (black beans, lima beans, black eye peas) are thyme, cumin, garlic powder & coriander. Of course cooked in veggie stock.
  • GRITS: For thick and creamy grits you can add almond milk or coconut milk to them; and the same can be said for oatmeal.
  • Get you some cookbooks or go online for awesome recipes and ideas. (That’s what I’ve done over the years)
  • EXPERIMENT!!!!!
  • MACARONI & CHEESE: Mac n’ cheese can be made with an amazing cashew nut blend. Queso cheese can be made with cashews too! Most “cheese” can be made with cashews and a blend of garlic, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, mustard, salt, and water. Blend it up & voila! Here is my go-to recipe for mac n’ cheeze: http://detoxinista.com/2011/01/move-over-kraft/
  • CORNBREAD: My go-to recipe for gluten-free cornbread: http://www.food.com/recipe/cornbread-heaven-vegan-gluten-free-372275 

I hope this will help erase your fear & doubt about missing out on your favorite southern dishes just because you have become vegan. It’s all about experimenting & trying new things in the kitchen. Let me know if you try the recipes provided on the blog & how you liked them.

PEACE & Balance Always,

BROWNVEGANGODDESS

Herb Of The Week

Spirulina

• Arthrospira platenis •

And this is one of the reasons I've become so disgusted with the "healthcare" industry. It's in the business of making money not making you well & healthy. Big money for big pharma. Please wake up people. Being sick is not normal, nor should it be expected. YOU have the power to change your life & be free of dis-ease. It's all about prevention! Eat peace & your body will be at peace. That's just the bottom line. Don't contribute to the death of other beings & you won't contribute to your body being sick or dying. And that's as plain and simple as I can put it. That's why I push going vegan. My passion is to see people holistically well - mind, body & spirit. One Love❤️. See you at the Atlanta VegFest today!!!! #govegan #veganlife #vegansofig #peace #peaceonmyplate #loveonmyplate #lifeonmyplate #compassionatelifestyle #light #love #livewell #blessings #blogger #blog #brownvegangoddess

According to the Herb Bible, spirulina (which means “little spiral”) is one of the oldest life forms on earth, producing the oxygen needed for the evolution of other forms of life. It was a mainstay of the Aztec diet more than 500 years ago. Biblical scholars believe this may be what the Israelites survived off of as they wandered through the desert for 40 years.

Spirulina is rich in IRON, POTASSIUM, CALCIUM, B VITAMINS AND PROTEIN.

It’s rich green color, chlorophyll, is an excellent DETOXIFIER.

Japanese researchers report that a carbohydrate found in spirulina could stop the spread of several viruses, including HIV, flu, measles and mumps. It’s also reputed to cure food cravings and the urge for sugary treats!

Uses: Take up to six 500mg tablets daily. Or, use the powder form in smoothies daily.

There are so many benefits to including this wonderful supplement into your diet. Not only will you boost your immune system and consume a wealth of nutrients, but you just may lose a few pounds in the process;-)

Peace & Blessings,

#BROWNVEGANGODDESS

My New Skincare Routine

IMG_2486 Ok, so I had this convo with my besties a few weeks ago about this new skincare routine that one of them started. It’s like a 10-step process that consists of cleansing, toning, moisturizing, serums, masks, essences, ampoules, and more moisturizing (note: not in this order). While a bit much for me, it did have me thinking about my own skincare regimen, or lack thereof. My regimen mainly consisted of water, a gentle face scrub from time to time, and the white tea extract Burt’s Bees facial wipes. It was simple and got the job done for the most part as far as cleansing goes, but it wasn’t moisturized and far from being pampered. Being a working mom of two, I seldom have time to pamper myself. And I definitely wouldn’t have time, nor want to do a 10-step facial morning and night. So I tweaked it a bit and decreased it down to like a 3-4 step process once a day.

I’ve never really had major skin issues. A few hormonal pimples here and there, a couple fine lines, t-zone oiliness, and dryness depending on the season. But, I wanted to see what would happen if I started to pamper my face. I already had a few Earth Science products that I’ve used in the past and liked.

 I start with filtered water. My hubby purchased a filtered water shower head from Lowe’s a couple weeks ago. You may not think it makes a difference whether you use filtered or tap water, but I think you should at least try it. I’m telling you it makes a HUGE difference. Your skin is less irritated and dried out when you use filtered water. Some people actually swear by distilled water only for their face. Don’t knock it till you try it! Plus I think with all the chemicals in tap water, like chlorine, it may interact with the ingredients in your products negatively.

Next, is either the creamy cleanser or the gentle facial exfoliator depending on if I wore makeup/bronzer that day. The key is to massage your face as you cleanse it, put love into it. Your skin is like silk. Treat it as such. I know we can be caught up in rushing for whatever reason, but it’s important to take time to take care of YOU.

After cleansing I tone. Earth Science has a nice aloe toner that I use. And all the products that I use are for sensitive skin. Now sometimes before toning, usually once or twice a week I use the gentle papaya skin peel. I think it’s important to start fresh by rejuvenating and revitalizing the skin cells. Get rid of the old dead dry skin that’s covering up the radiant skin underneath.

Also, once a week I apply a hydrating face mask. I purchased these about a week ago. IMG_2491 It just helps to keep your skin supple, dewy, and moisturized.

Last step, apply a serum/essence/moisturizer. I have two that I alternate: Rosehip 24K serum or Marula antioxidant oil.

IMG_2489 IMG_2490 I do not apply this to my T-Zone.

THESE WILL HAVE YOUR SKIN GLOWING FOR A GOOD 24 HOURS! NO LIE!

And if you want a good boost or pick me up, for your face try rosewater mist. It’s cool, refreshingly hydrating and just smells so darn good. I use this one, as was recommended by my besties. IMG_2487

 

Don’t forget that the most important and loving thing you can do for your skin & for your body is to DRINK LOT’S OF WATER!!! And you will be glowing from the inside out I guarantee it! Share with me what your favorite skincare product is and why, or what regimen you follow. I would love to hear it.