This is my video interview with Nancy, and below is the summary:
Vegan Success Stories: Why Nancy Went Vegan
Nancy always wanted to be fully plant-based, ever since becoming vegetarian over 11 years ago. She believed that we do not need to cause violence to animals, and we have no reason to do so. She also knew that a fully plant-based diet was extremely healthy for her, physically and spiritually.
What held her back, then? She wasn’t educated about what to eat, how to get all her nutrients, how to create delicious recipes, and what restaurants in her area she could visit.
Then, a friend suggested she checks out Instagram. There, she found many amazing tips on where to eat in her area, and received motivation that she could go fully vegan!
The result? She has been happily fully plant-based over 2 years now.
But of course, this was a process. She became vegan gradually. It was really hard for her to give up dairy. She thought she could not live without cheese and baked goods. But with time, she won this battle too.
Side note: dairy is actually physically addicting, as recent research suggests. I explain more about this, plus a really delicious vegan cheese sauce recipe, right here.
Nancy is also raising 4 kids, and all but one are not vegan, so she has to cook two different types of meals each night.
Nancy’s Vegan Success Tips
These days, Nancy no longer has any cravings. She substitutes dairy and cheese with vegan cheese substitutions. This is a great step for anyone transitioning: use all the available meat and dairy alternatives, and slowly stop consuming them as you feel your cravings subside.
These meat and dairy alternatives are still processed food, but they lack the cholesterol and animal fat contained in animal products, so they are preferable. When you first transition, lean on them, but plan on letting them go when you are ready.
Another tip, which Nancy has used to reset her taste buds and clear cravings, is a smoothie or juice fast. Check out these delicious smoothie recipes you can use on your smoothie fast!
When it comes to her family’s differing food habits and preferences, Nancy says that these days, it’s super easy for her to accommodate.
She has simply made is a part of her daily routine. Once this mindset shift and acceptance occurred, it is now almost like brushing teeth – she knows that she has to make two different types of meals each night, and it happens!
Some nights, she makes everyone eat a vegan meal. Other nights, she uses the vegan portion of the meal as sides for her meat-eating kids. But overall, she gives her children the choice about what to eat. She doesn’t want them to feel forced – she wants the decision to come from inside.
Her most powerful tip is: “It’s more mental than anything else. Stay strong! Let the negativity out, not just from within, but from other people too… It’s very mental. Let all the negativity out, and get passed it. Don’t worry about it”.
The Positive Impact and Motivation to Remain Vegan
When Nancy puts something processed in her body, she feels it right away! When she eats her whole food, plant-based diet, she feels and looks amazing. While she is 40 years old, she certainly does not feel or look her age!
She also feels amazing spiritually about not contributing to the harming of animals, and feels really motivated by wanting to continue looking and feeling amazing, especially for her kids and grandkids.
Trying High-Raw Vegan
Nancy tried the FREE 2-week meal plan, and thought that the recipes were incredibly delicious and so filling. So much so, that she forgot she was eating healthy. It was important to stock up on loads of fresh produce, but with the proper organization in place, Nancy said she felt incredible on this plan, and her digestion was never better than when following it.
What Nancy Eats in a Day
For breakfast, Nancy typically enjoys overnight oats (if you’re looking for recipes, here is a delicious and simple overnight oat recipe). For lunch, she eats salad with tofu, which is one of her favorite foods because you can make it taste like anything! For dinner: rice, beans, and lots of legumes like chickpeas and lentils.
Simple, delicious whole foods for the win!
Nancy says that switching to the plant-based lifestyle is the best choice she has ever made!
What was your favorite part about Nancy’s story? What has inspired you about her transition?
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