One of my besties asked me not too long ago to watch my god son in the afternoon because her mom who does it normally was not available. Since I am currently in between gigs, I happily agreed. As I spent time with him playing with spinning tops and watching Coco, such an AWESOME MOVIE, we started to talk about food and specifically being vegan. I am not sure how we landed on the subject but low and behold we were there. I also like to make this disclaimer that my god son is TEN!
My god son truly loves a variety of videos on YouTube and happened to show me the one referenced in this post. 7 Day Vegan Challenge Baby: Solves all yo Problems! The video is made by The Odd 1’s Out. He makes a series of videos about a plethora of subject matter with his own comedic spin. To add to the spin, he depicts himself as a doodled cartoon character. As I watched the video and chuckled learning his take of going vegan for a week, my god son turned to me and said, “You should do the challenge Cindy and I am going to call you and check on you.” I looked into my god son’s warm eyes and soft face and agreed. I said, “for you Love, ANYTHING!”
After I agreed to do this challenge, I text a fellow Buddhist member that I practice with that I am going to go Vegan for 7 days. He messaged me back and basically told me he did not believe me! Oh the NERVE! (insert my audible sigh!) The reason he did not believe me is because we had a conversation prior that he was on his way to going vegan however I was quite vocal about my trepidation on doing the same. I was very concerned mostly about getting enough protein. Since I had a duodenal switch procedure in 2014 which is the most invasive gastric bypass surgery, my doctor and his staff were very poignant about me consuming enough protein everyday. That was the main reason I was very hesitant about going the route of a vegan but I had to admit the idea of embracing this lifestyle had much appeal to me.
I started my challenge on June 25, 2018. Little by little, I purchased foods to support this lifestyle (i.e. Whole Foods and Mariano’s) and trucked on through. The first day was not too bad. I ate what I allowed myself, drank tea, and even attended my Monday night yoga class. As the days went on, I was starting to feel tired. I found myself sleeping in later than usual and I did not know why. I voiced this concern to my yoga instructor and she told me more than likely my body was starting to rid itself of toxins. I also guessed that I should find more ways to increase my protein.
The fore mentioned Buddhist member told me about super foods called Spirulina and Chlorella. My yoga instructor also corroborated the benefits of these super foods. Spirulina is an algae that is dried and prepared as a food or food additive, which is a rich source of many vitamins and minerals. It also has a very high concentration of protein that comes with a vast number of health benefits. Spirulina can found in tablet, powder or capsule form. Like Spirulina, chlorella is another algae that spouts a number of nutrients that also support and strengthen the immune system.
Although these super foods are both algae based, they are different. One difference is starting with their looks. Chlorella is a green algae, whereas spirulina is blue-green in color. Chlorella’s green hue demonstrates that it’s richer in chlorophyll than spirulina. I have included a few links that give a break down of both super foods attached at the end of my post.
Now back to my experience on this challenge. After day 4, I started to feel a bit more of normalcy. Also by that time, I decided to make a plant based diet a way of life. I started feeling better in my body and I felt that I was more aware of my surroundings. One really big benefit that I was very happy about is that I was able to complete a couple of races and I did not DIE! Yayyyyy Vegan!
As time went on, I also discovered that I actually lost weight. Since going vegan at the end of June, I actually lost 16 pounds without effort! I just noticed when I woke up one morning I looked different. I decided to weigh myself and low and behold my scale confirmed what I was feeling. I started this challenge at a weight of 226 pounds. I now weigh a total of 210 pounds! What in the entire WHAT?????!!!!!!!!!!!!
I even shocked myself that I don’t crave certain foods. I would walk by different eateries I frequented in the past and was not phased. One day, my sister asked me to take her to a fast food place not too far from our house. She was staying with a girlfriend of hers that eats very healthy. After consuming 5 days straight kale and other twigs (her words not mine) my sister really wanted something greasy and decided upon chicken wings. When we got to the window to get her food, the smell of the wings hit me like a ton of bricks! I literally felt myself getting sick! I shoved the wings over to her very quickly and turned my head in the opposite direction. I was so busy with my new head position that I did not notice a pedestrian walking in front of my truck. I am glad he called out because he is alive and I do not have higher insurance premiums!
Another thing I began to do with much vigor is cooking. Now since I live my mom and 2 sisters, they would normally cook a majority of the meals in the house. We would all contribute to the groceries, but I would let them handle the food prep because they are waaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyy better than I! I realized with a quickness that I better bust out my chef’s hat because although my mom and sisters are great cooks, I knew they were not so quick to acquiesce to my new diet.
There are also many great vegan restaurants in my city, but I do not have money to constantly spend on eating out. I started looking up recipes and experimenting in the kitchen. I even prepared a vegan meal for another friend and fellow Buddhist member this past Sunday and I am happy to report he is still alive! 😉
Organic Chilli with sauteed onions and mushrooms.
So being mostly vegan is now a way of life. I say mostly vegan because I still eat honey. Technically since it is manufactured by an animal, it is not considered vegan. I still eat it because one it is a super food and two it’s DELICIOUS! I just do it sparingly. I also like the way I feel eating this way. I remember back in 2014 how my body started making physical changes because I changed the way I approached food. I feel this time around my body is transitioning again for the better.
If you want to do something good for your body, try going vegan for at least 7 days. Note some of the changes that you experience. See how your body responds and metamorphose. It maybe a change you consider doing from time to time to give your body a reset. Like me, you may decide to say, “Ah screw it! I’M GOING VEGAN!” Either way, do something good for you. Your body will thank you for it!
- C A M M
More information about Spirulina and Chlorella: