The Day I Woke Up Vegan

I have to start this post with a promise and a fact.  As I stated several times before, I don’t judge anyone, I think everyone should live their life exactly as they see fit.  Be happy and smile, ignore the negatives, spread the love, etc, etc.  And I sincerely mean that from the bottom of my heart.  No matter what my choices are in life, I am never looking around me and judging others for making different choices.  That is craziness, and most assuredly, not me.  I decided to share this with you all, my awesome readers, because I like to think if this little blog as a friendly place to chat and vent and share a little slice of me.  No need to be offended by anything I ever say here, because I can promise you that if I knew I offended you, it would break my heart.

Okay, now where were we…………..ahhh yes…….

The Day I Woke Up Vegan.

So this will sound super hippy dippy to a lot of you, I’m sure, but I have been researching and learning to take charge of my newly realized empath abilities.  If you don’t know what that is, it’s not vital to the story, but it’s an interesting condition, if you are so inclined to Google.  🙂

Basically, I am a super emotional person, and I have found that I am hyper sensitive to the emotions of people around me.  A lot of empaths are written off as being too thin skinned and overly emotional, and a lot of empaths just accept that as the truth and feel like a loser all their lives.  What a crappy way to live!!

I decided to go with the whole “knowledge is power” theory, and decided to do loads of research on it all.  Like, all of the research, exhaustively.  It’s how I do.  As I learned more and more, I have found myself becoming more relaxed and more in tune with what is happening around me, instead of constantly bombarded and stressed.  It also, happened to push me intuitively, to start watching a series of films through Netflix that greatly contributed to my total food revolution.

Perhaps a catalyst to all of this, was at my 3 and 5 year old’s recent dr check up.  Noah, at 5 years old, weighs exactly the same as Sara, my 3 year old.  My skinny little Noahbean has been instructed to put on some serious poundage in the next two months, when he will go in for a weight re check.

My kids are all very healthy eaters, and Noah certainly holds his own at meal time, often times finishing off anyone’s plate that has any leftovers on it.  What the doctor recommended, to aid in his weight gain, is Pediasure.  Now, I don’t know about you, but looking at the gross list of sugars and chemicals on the label of the Pediasure drinks, sure didn’t sound like a healthy way to get added nutrition.  I waffled back and forth with the idea, but ultimately decided I couldn’t serve my baby the chemical laden goo with a clear conscious.  I decided that I would treat him myself with healthy, whole foods.  Added fat and calories from real food like nuts, and smoothies filled with fruits and veggies, so sugar and no unpronounceable chemicals.

It seemed no coincidence when I was drawn to the Netflix film Fed Up, and subsequently, Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead; Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2; Forks Over Knives; Food Inc; and Vegucated, just to name a few.  The two that really jolted me to my senses were Food Inc and Vegucated.

Now, I’m not a stupid person.  Every time I ate a burger, or bacon, or chicken, etc, I knew exactly where it came from.  I knew an animal died, and said animal was on my plate.  There was still a massive disconnect though.  To see the conditions that commercial animals are held in…….Well, it was eye opening, and that’s all I have to say.  It is super easy to look up this information for yourself, if you are so inclined.  If you are not so inclined, that’s okay too.  🙂

So the morning after watching these films, and yes, I absolutely binge watched them, thank you Netflix, I woke up realizing that I couldn’t support this lifestyle anymore.  My heart was just broken, I couldn’t imagine carrying on as if I hadn’t seen what I had seen.  That day, we stocked up on all 100% vegan foods, mostly fresh produce, grains, legumes, real food stuff that is pure nutrition, not chemicals and much less murder-y.  lol

The amount of choices available for a vegan lifestyle is pretty overwhelming.  It’s awesome.  Also, I feel good knowing that I am feeding my family foods that can nourish and heal them.  There are so many studies supporting a plant based way of eating, the health benefits, the disease curing, ailment curing, you name it.  It just seems silly for me in my life right now, not to do this.

So yes, as of this moment, and having started on April 25, 2015, this mama is 100% veggie fueled.  And I did it all cold turkey…..errrr….cold tofurkey?  lol  I can tell you that I feel good.  Really good.  And I will definitely be reporting soon on how my whole food fix works on Noah’s weight gain.  He is definitely loving all the fresh food and yummy smoothies, so I don’t predict any problems with him happily enjoying the change.

UPDATE May 28, 2015:

It has been over a month since I have plunged into this new lifestyle, and I am very happy to report that my entire family has jumped on board with me.  I will admit, we have not been 100% vegan, but we have been 100% vegetarian.  And my skinny little Noahbean, who needed to gain weight and was prescribed Pediasure?  Well, I am ecstatic to report that through all whole, plant based foods, I have been able to stack on a good 6 pounds of weight on him, in just about a month’s time!!  Mama has dropped a few pounds as well, and everyone is enjoying the new plant based menu.   I’m looking forward to where this journey takes us in the future.  So far, so awesome!!  🙂

8 Months Cable Free

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It was back on July 1st, 2014 that we officially decided to cut the cord.  We were paying an insane amount of money for cable tv, and at the same time, watching far too much as well.  There have definitely been times that I have missed catching up on the Duggars, or crazy housewives, the kids sometimes miss their Nickelodeon and Disney marathons, and Abe misses watching MLB and NHL games, but guess what?  We survived!

More than that, we have most definitely thrived!!

Without the constant commercials reminding us of can’t miss marathons, television has become an occasional activity, between more productive hours of reading, creating arts and crafts, playing with forgotten toys, and just spending more quality time together.  What a blessing!

Now, don’t get me wrong, we still enjoy watching tv, and we certainly haven’t cut it out completely.

With free, over the air tv, we get almost 40 channels!  We have several PBS stations, including a 24 hour a day children’s station.  We also get Qubo, another all kids station, along with several retro themed stations that I adore.  On Saturday mornings, we watch classic 80’s cartoons with the kids before a day filled with activities.  Heman, Ghostbusters, Archies, all kinds of gems to be found!

We also have a Netflix subscription, this is a treat for us, and at only $8 a month, it is a very affordable way to watch movies together as a family and even catch up on the cable tv shows from last season.  (Have you Walking Dead fans caught SyFy’s Z Nation?!?!  Oh my goodness, I love it just as much as Walking Dead!!  Citizen Z forever!!  :3  ) 

The occasions when we really, truly miss cable tv are few and far between.  We certainly don’t miss the price tag, and I wouldn’t give up the gained quality time we have as a family without it.

Last year at this time, the idea of cutting the cord would have made me laugh, but boy, am I glad we did it!

Cutting The Cord

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This has been an idea stewing in the back of my brain for years and years, but finally, it has been brought to fruition!  Today, we have officially cut the cable tv cord!!  Not only will this save us over $100 a month, but it will also remove the hypnotic feeling that having over 200 channels to choose from tends to give us!

Now, don’t get me wrong, mama loves her some television!!  It is how I unwind at night, watching the ridiculous housewives, or the rapidly multiplying Duggars, or even the annual Walking Dead Fourth of July marathon.  (Yes, I have seen every Walking Dead episode multiple times, and yet, can’t seem to help myself from binge watching them again every year!)

But, with free antenna tv, which just so happens to play the vast majority of television shows that we watch, and the addition of Roku and Netflix, honestly, paying over $100 a month for tv just did not make sense!

I’m looking forward to having more time to just appreciate being together as a family!  No more endless tv choices for us and the kids, keeping us from spending more time outside or out doing things together.  No more constant begging from the kids to own every single toy that is blasted in their faces during the insane amount of commercial breaks on the many 24 hour kids networks.

I’ll have to let you know if we are all still as blissful a week or so from now!  Haha!  I know my biggest hurdle was convincing Abe, what with his MLB obsession.  Once I got him on board, I knew it was time to take the plunge!

Have you cut the cable tv cord?  Did it feel this amazing and freeing to you when you slashed your bill?  It’s wicked awesome, in my humble opinion!  😉