Transitioning to Vegan/Plant Based Diet

So over the past few years I have really been becoming more conscious of what I consume.  Over 3 and a half years ago I decided to cut meat out of my diet completely, I haven’t missed it all.  I know that initial transition can be harder for some, but for me it was rather easy.  I was never a huge carnivore so once I put my mind to it I was able to cut meat out with no problem.  I did still eat seafood on occasion.  I think I kept the seafood in my diet more for the fact of making things easy.  When you go to most restaurants there is usually always some sort of seafood to order or if you go to eat at someones home and they know you do not eat meat but eat seafood then it makes it easier for them to prepare a meal you can eat.  Also, my husband is not on the same path as me food wise and still loves his meat, which is fine, to each their own, so eating seafood made it easier for us to have meals together too.

I finally made the push this past week to stop making excuses and start my journey towards a plant based diet.  Right now I have been cutting out all dairy, eggs, and of course seafood.  I think most people get scared when they hear the word Vegan and think, “Jeez, what do they eat, just fruits and veggies?!”  Well that is partially true but I think that the way society has become and the way everything has been made to be ‘on the go’ and ‘for convenience’ a lot of people have lost the desire for the healthy foods.  I made this wonderful Soba noodle meal last night that even my carnivore eating husband enjoyed.

What pushed me in this direction you may ask? Well, I have watched and read about the food industry.  It is sad how the norm is now soda and chemically ridden foods in almost every american home.  Most people do not think twice when having a soda with their meal, just the way the giant corporations that control our food intake want it to be.  If you take the time to do your research you will be alarmed to see how many chemicals are in the foods that most Americans keep stocked in their homes.  If you are interested in learning more I can recommend a few really eye opening documentaries that really helped me kick start my journey.  Forks over Knives, Cowspiracy, Food Matters, Fed Up, and Food, Inc. are just some of the documentaries out there trying to spread the word.  I have talked about this topic with a lot of people and I know that not everyone sees things the same way, and that is totally fine.  I am not trying to push this onto anyone or make them change their views overnight.  I am doing this for those who are curious and want to do their own research before making such a life changing decision.  As I said before, my husband still eats meat and I do not see him making a switch immediately either.

With all that said I want to share the Soba noodle recipe I made last night as well as some of the vegan/plant based foodies I follow who help out soo much when it comes to making this change!

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You can find this Soba noodle recipe here!

Some of my go to sites for finding healthy vegan/plant based foods are: Kris Carr, Food Matters, Rawfully Organic, and of course you can’t go wrong with Pinterest or even just google if you are looking for a specific recipe to try.

So with starting this transition I plan to eventually become completely plant based.  The main difference with Vegan and Plant based diets is that technically with a Vegan diet you can still eat Oreos (ya, not dairy like you may have thought..just all chemicals-yuk!) but when you are eating completely Plant based you cut out processed foods and eat a whole foods diet.  It is something that takes a lot of work and time but I do have high hopes of making this a permanent transition.  I currently do not eat any big name brands and I have lost any desire for most of those foods just from not consuming them for so many years. I hope that sharing this helps and I would love feedback from others who are making the same journey!

Any tips you can share for going vegan/plant based??

XOL

Who doesn’t love a good wedding?!

I just love weddings. Nothing is more special then the love that two people have for each other.  I get so excited to see how each couple decides to celebrate.  I have been to and been a bridesmaid in a number of weddings and each one is always so different and unique.  Being married just a year this past August, I really grew to appreciate the entire wedding processes since I have been through it all myself.  The wedding I attended this past weekend was for a childhood friend.  She looked absolutely STUNNING.  Her dress was just so perfect for her frame, she looked like a princess.  The band was wonderful, decor was so pretty.  I think her dream day turned out just as she planned.

I was not in this wedding but decided to wear a long dress since it was a black tie optional wedding.  I actually got this dress last year to wear as my bridesmaid dress in my best friend Lauren’s wedding.  Lauren let us all pick out our own long grey (any shade of grey) dress and it worked out soo well!  I loved the dress so much that I figured I might as well get one more use out of it.  It is so flattering and comfortable.  I was getting compliments all night on it.  I cannot remember the designer but I got it at Lord & Taylor and it wasn’t that expensive.  Here are the only pictures I got from the night (I can be so bad at remembering to take pictures!).

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                                                     The beautiful Bride, Adria, and I

 

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                                        My hot date, Thomas love.

So this is definitely one of my favorite outfits that I have ever worn to a wedding.  What is your favorite outfit you have worn to a wedding or special event?

 

Until next time.

XO L

Intro

Hi Everyone! So excited to get my new blog up and running! I have been wanting to do this for so long and finally got around to making it happen. My amazing Hubby purchased a new camera for me so I can be able to share my special moments with you a lot easier. Lavender Skies is a place where I plan to share my outfits, inspirations as well as my life events. Hope you all enjoy 🙂
XOL