Sometimes it seems random or a coincidence, but I believe that God placed me on this path of being aware of the healing power of food … In the summer of 2011 I transitioned to being a vegan. I was kind of testing it out after a detox boot camp with Karyn Calabrese (a popular holistic healer and teacher in Chicago). A few weeks led to a few months and now I have been able to maintain this lifestyle for almost 3 years. In this post I begin the conversation about my vegan journey.
So to begin, I grew up eating meat. It was a tradition on my African-American side of the family to indulge in soul food and Chicago bbq on Sundays after church. On my Puerto Rican side, pork was very common. I actually remember visiting my grandparents in Puerto Rico as a little girl and my grandfather roasting a pig in the backyard and even my older cousin feeding our family’s pigs in the pigpen.
Over the years I would randomly challenge myself to remove things from my diet. For example, I stopped eating pork in high school and stopped drinking pop (soda) as a young adult. Nonetheless, it was a pivotal moment during a business trip to the Bronner Brother’s Hair Show in Atlanta that would truly elevate my consciousness. By chance I attended a health workshop by a woman from Chicago who spoke about natural health, colonics, and how medicine is often designed to treat and not cure. This workshop truly triggered me to pay attention to what I was eating. Some years passed and I was slowly learning more about this world and removing certain things from my diet like dairy milk.
Then one day I decided to do Karyn’s detox. I had heard about it but wasn’t sure if I wanted to make the investment until a former colleague told me that she did it and had a wonderful experience.
So I did the detox in 2011 and it was expensive but I’m glad I did it. In this four-week detoxification program you basically push your eating habits to extraordinary limits in pursuit of optimal health. During the program, there are moments when we only ate vegan meals, then raw meals (sounds crazy but can be delicious); we cleansed the colon; and we learned other natural ways or tools to heal the body. After the boot camp, I challenged myself to continue eating vegan meals…Of course the longer time passed, I eventually watched a lot of the popular vegan documentaries like Forks and Knives, which made me desire meat less.
what do vegans eat
I’m often asked what is a vegan or what do vegans eat. The simple answer is that vegans don’t eat any meat or dairy products. However, hardcore vegans argue that “truly” being vegan extends to clothes, shoes, bags, cosmetics, and other products that were made using animals such as honey. I’m not a hardcore vegan just yet.
Transitioning to a vegan diet has definitely taken work; however, I’ve been blessed to have a strong support system. From a mom who tweaks Puerto Rican recipes for me to friends and family who find vegan-friendly restaurants when we go out, it’s a lifestyle choice that has been more possible than I could have ever imagined.
Stay tuned as I continue the conversation about my vegan journey.
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