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figuring out a better way to live

Lunch & snacks for today at work: 2 sandwiches (whole wheat bread with tofu, marinara, nooch & spinach), bananas, dates, Lara bar, brussel sprouts w. nooch & hot sauce.

why & how

I’m not a photographer, and I don’t like recipes. So it’s taken me awhile (over a year now) to figure out how to be a vegan blogger, given both of those facts.  And I’m still not sure I know what this blog will be about…

…but I know that 13 months ago I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. I was sitting in Panera with a dear friend who is a nurse practitioner. Before she arrived I bought an iced coffee. I skipped the sugar and added only a dash of cream, thinking, if I’m ‘good’ now…maybe it won’t count? If I don’t buy a dozen pastries and load up my coffee with sugar today, maybe I can keep fooling everyone, and myself…right?

Right?

Nope. 

My friend was incredibly sweet, and held my hand while I cried. She went over the blood test results and explained what everything meant and gave me a stack of prescriptions to fill. I’ve never liked being told what to do, and being put on all of these medications made me shake off years of dust and pain and food and hurt and say: no way. 

No way am I going to be another fat American who takes twenty pills a day so I can keep eating Dunkin’ Donuts. 

No f&%#ing way. 

Fast forward one year: I’ve changed almost everything. I’ve reversed T2D, and no longer have any issues with blood sugar, cholesterol or blood pressure. I don’t take any prescription medication anymore— period. I’ve also cleared up a dozen other (seemingly minor and unrelated) health problems that I had subconsciously accepted as the norm. I don’t ever remember (even as a kid) having this much energy. I’ve lost 160 pounds. 

*record scratch* 

Yup.

(There’s a lot more, too. I quit cigarettes, caffeine…more on this later.) 

So there is one part of the why.

And this blog will be the how. 

How do we stay healthy, sharp, and minimalist in a culture that (apparently) wants us to be sick, sluggish consumers? 

This is how. 

motherjones:

diggvideos:

How much fast food Americans eat every second. 

yuck that’s a lot of fast food

Disgusting. This isn’t food. This is chemicals and animals with a few limp plants tossed in. (And for most of my life, I ate it as often as I could. Ew.) Change is possible. Eat plants. 

Food packed for a long workday: apples, orange, banana, crackers (ingredients: whole grain rye flour, water, yeast, salt), celery, bell pepper, salad (mixed greens, sprouts, salsa) and dates. 

Food packed for a long workday: apples, orange, banana, crackers (ingredients: whole grain rye flour, water, yeast, salt), celery, bell pepper, salad (mixed greens, sprouts, salsa) and dates. 

Since the only pictures of food so far on this blog have been Oreo ice cream and a massive Oreo/chocolate chip cookie hybrid, it’s clear I’ve strayed from the plant strong path. 

Oops.

But, sorry not sorry! Oreos happen. (And they’re vegan.) 

It’s time to get serious, though. Lindsay of Happy Herbivore is launching a 28 day whole food challenge and I’m on board— in fact, I don’t want to wait until Monday. It’s the first of the month, so I’m going for a whole foods, plant strong June. Bring it on! 

(Now, of course, I’m thinking of the parties and guests and events that will throw wrenches into this plan…and the vegan Big Mac I’ve been wanting to tackle for ages…) 

Luckily today it’s 97 degrees (yes really June 1st, thanks for nothing, Maine) so cooking is the last thing on my mind. Lunch is a whole-wheat wrap with greens, sprouts, avocado and a tiny bit of hot sauce, peach on the side. With the endless variety of fruit and vegetables available, I think I could (and will) happily eat wraps, salads and sandwiches all summer. 

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If you look for the bad in mankind, expecting to find it, you surely will.

—Pollyanna

vegan cookies ‘n cream soft serve: one frozen chopped banana + bitto plant milk + oreos. food processor. bam! 

vegan cookies ‘n cream soft serve: one frozen chopped banana + bitto plant milk + oreos. food processor. bam!