Vegan Anniversary!

Happy Vegan Anniversary, to ME! It’s amazing how much things have changed for me over these last NINE years. I’m in a constant state of learning, healing and growing – and I owe it all to making the switch from vegetarian to vegan. Twenty four years ago (just before I started high school) I made the decision to cut all meat products out of my diet after viewing a segment about slaughterhouses. I could no longer look at another animal without thinking about their feelings. There was no adjustment period for me and no cravings because I had the truth about what really goes on tattooed in my brain.

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I didn’t initially go vegan for the animals, but I can definitely say that I will be vegan for life because of the animals. Nine years ago, I was a chronic migraine sufferer and it took one that lasted for three months straight to make me see that something needed to change. After being in and out of the hospital, numerous scans, blood tests, a spinal tap – not one doctor could tell me what was going on. They did tell me that I would have to be on a migraine medication for the rest of my life. One that came with many side effects, but because I put so much faith in doctors at the time, I truly believed that that was my fate.

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A while later (that persistent migraine still there) a friend took me to a holistic practitioner and guess what his first question was? “Have you ever had an allergy test done?” This question was in regards to food. He was the first person to connect diet to health issues – that listening to your body can heal you. Rather than masking symptoms with pills, get down to the root of the problem, what’s causing the symptoms and stop them! The test results were shocking. The lengthy list revealed foods I had been eating all my life and no joke, when I eliminated every single one, that persistent migraine vanished. That is when I became vegan. I stopped eating dairy and eggs – at first because I was allergic, but a year later, I continued on this path for ethical reasons. I learned that just because they’re not killing the animal to produce milk, cheese or eggs, the cruelty was still there. I began to feel good inside and out AND felt a sense of peace that came with no longer supporting the dairy and egg industries.

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Even after eliminating all animal products, I still battled the occasional migraine and digestion issues. I even had a colonoscopy done due to severe pains and bleeding. There I had learned that the medications (prescribed and OTC) I was taking had done a number on my colon AND I had colitis. Not only was I furious for not taking charge of my own health, but I was mad at the doctors. I made a promise to myself that day to do MY OWN research from there on out and focus on healing my body. Good news is that I’ve been off all medications for the last six years and after doing my own research, I also eliminated all forms of soy. Guess what? Not a single migraine and I’m happy to report that I’ve completely healed every single one of my health issues. Knowing what I know today is the very reason why we made the decision to raise Willow on a plant-based, gluten-free, soy-free “diet” – I want her to feel the very best she can while doing her part to improve our planet. Not only am I proof that food is medicine, but Willow is, too. Not only has she managed to avoid the common cold, ear infections and various other sicknesses, but she’s also thriving!

Vegan Anniversary!

Why am I sharing all of this with you? For two reasons:

(1) “Most people have no idea how good their body is designed to feel.” ~ Kevin Trudeau

(2) You ARE in control and have the POWER to make a change…not only for yourself, but the planet.

So, stop dieting, turning to pills and thinking that how you’re feeling now is as good as it’s going to get. I’m not saying you have to stop immediately, but vow to make some changes…baby steps even. Read some books or watch a documentary – learning about others transformations, how they healed was a huge eye opener for me. It was all proof that food truly is medicine.

If you’re on the fence about a plant-based diet or would like to learn how our every day choices impact the animals, your health and our planet, I urge you to check out one or a few of these documentaries. I’ve included links and/or trailers, but you can view a lot of these in full via Netflix.

 

 

 

 

Thanks for stopping by!

Love and light

12 thoughts on “Vegan Anniversary!

    • Crazy, right?! 24 years ago…goodness, I’m old! Ha! Thank you! It’s been a wonderful journey and it feels so good to have my health in better shape. Lots of love to you! xoxo

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  1. Happy vegan anniversary Mandy!! You have such an amazing story, I don’t think I had every read it before! Like you, I also was led to veganism after suffering from health issues as a vegetarian and like you also, I will stay vegan not only for my health but for the animals also! ❤

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    • Thank you so much, Karissa! Wow, I had no idea! I’m so happy to hear you’re feeling better and that you found your way to a vegan lifestyle. I have heard so many similar stories and it makes me truly believe that our bodies just weren’t designed to consume animal products. Not many make the connection – and while I say, to each their own, I wish I could convey that those who are battling health issues could most likely turn it around with a change in diet. Anyways, I’m rambling now! Thank you, again! ❤

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  2. Wow I had no idea you have been vegetarian/vegan for so long, that is incredible Mandy! You were vegan long before vegan was trendy haha. I am the exact same–didn’t go vegan for the animals but I will stay vegan for the animals forever. It sometimes baffles me when people find the transition so hard because to me it’s a no brainer. My life is my choice, other beings’ lives are not. I’m so happy for you that you turned away from Western medicine and found the root cause of your issues and are feeling better than ever! And it’s amazing that you can pass this perspective on to Willow from the start too. Proving that vegan kids are not only healthier but cuter too ❤ Thank you for sharing this more personal post, I love getting to know your story a little better! xoxo

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    • Haha!! Thank you, friend! I can’t believe how long it’s been and I can’t believe I suffered for all those years – had I known earlier that a simple change in diet would have made me feel loads better, I would have done it waaaaay sooner. I remember when I was vegetarian and I worked with a vegan – he questioned why I didn’t just go vegan. My response back then really makes me cringe now (i told him that I loved cheese too much) – but I finally took the blinders off, learned the truth and will never go back to eating animal products of any kind. What shocked me most of all was how the doctors handled it all. Talk about slapping a band aid on and calling it a day. They were so quick to prescribe me a bunch of pills rather than digging to see what was causing all the pain. That’s why I vowed to raise Willow vegan – to help prevent what happened to me. Awww, thank you! She is pretty cute 🙂 And thank you, as always, for reading and commenting! Lots of love! XOXO ❤

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  3. Awesome how taking charge changes you! I know I’ve mentioned it–but we cut dairy and gluten and eggs bc had Audrey tested and she was highly sensitive. With her developmental delays–I wanted to be sure we were doing everything we could to help her be her best. Her digestion improved and she got things a bit quicker–maybe no one else could tell–but Jay and I could. Then I watched Vegucated …and we took it further to be plant based. Her digestion is awesome awesome now. Whatever the path we started on–so glad we are on this journey together now! Wonderful to encourage people to take any steps toward taking charge of health. 💕💕

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    • Right?!?! You guys are awesome parents for taking charge! Sadly, there are so many kids out there with digestion/health problems, but people struggle to make the connection to the food they’re consuming. I am so happy to hear that Audrey is doing so great! She’s one heck of a lucky girl ❤ Those documentaries are powerful, right?! I can't watch all of them because most of them make me so sad (especially when discussing cruelty), but seeing the transformations warms my heart. No one deserves to live in pain and I wish more people would take charge and make some changes so that they could feel good, too! Love you, friend! Thanks for reading! XOXO ❤

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    • Thank you so much!!! I know, it’s really disappointing that so many doctors just don’t take the time to dig deeper into the root of the problem (what’s actually causing it). I’m just so grateful that all of that is in the past. Hope you’re having a great weekend! ❤

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    • Thank you, Sophia! I’m so glad to hear your hubby is benefiting so much, too! Amazing what food can do – can be poison or medicine depending on your choices. I wish more people realized that! xo

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