Why are you a vegan?

This is really great and creative!

Duff who lives at home

Why are you a vegan?

A great way to approach the subject with kids.

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I Digress…

Ok, so the title sounds a little dramatic, I know.

This weekend a friend was in town and we had a bonfire with a bunch of friends over and went to pigeon forge the next day. Needless to say, preparation of food and necessary time we’re not at hand.

Of course, I didn’t not stray from the vegan or gluten free diet so do not worry! However, I was suppose to be detoxing and I doubt that accounted for much of what I ate.

For the bonfire a delicious vegan chili was made, veggies and hummus, raw cashew based jalepeno ‘cheese’ dip mixed with ‘rotel’ (I quote for an easier explanation) that was incredibly hard to stop eating. I did have available items to make s’mores but never got around to it. And of course a corn based adult beverage…if you know what I mean.

The next day caused much difficulty when I went to Margaritaville. For a place that is so chill and ‘beachy’ or for a restaurant based off a singer whose words were once sang ‘tried to amend my carnivorous habits’ had virtually zero vegan (veggie burger was vegan, had gluten…of course) options. I commend them for having a vegetarian menu, and a gluten free menu (yes, they were separate and did not have any of the same items on both menus…smh…not surprised). Getting creative, my friend and I order the tacos short of flour shells and any dairy based products. We asked that the waiter to tell the chef he could get creative, add lots of veggies, whatever, since the meal was expected to cost $15.99.

The waiter cautiously brought our food, with almost an embarrassed tone saying ‘this is what he came up with’ as he laid down a huge plate that held a cup of black beans, no more that a half a cup of rice, and literally a spoon full of pico. I know our jaws dropped. I could have gone to the store and come up with a better pre cooked solution than this, even in the basically vegan free pigeon forge area.

I did have to grab the waiter and honestly ask…’are we going to get charged full price for this bc it’s literally a side of beans and rice’?Luckily we had gotten the expensive nachos (with barely anything on them) and made the dinner in to something a little hardier. The waiter was wonderful. He only charged us for a side of beans and brought us a free side aside from the nachos we purchased.

Loved the waiter, loved the atmosphere (live music ::fist bump::) Regardless, won’t be doing that again.

Back at it this week once the leftovers from the weekend have passed. Then on to bigger and better things!

Oh and make me workout! I’m slacking!

Good Vibes,


My Progress: Day 3

Lost over a pound this morning on the scale ::winning::..

I felt pretty good the whole day, and did a small workout this morning even! Again, taking that slow since detoxing, don’t want to overdo it!

I did some chores around the house, went in to work a little bit, and had some chill time!

Though I haven’t been hungry around 7:00 I started feeling really rough. I should have gone to bed a few hrs ago but I had some friends over and didn’t want to be rude, but sometimes, you just have to call it a night. Just in case it wasn’t just the detox, i took a high dose of Vitamin C powder (it’s pure vitamin c, no other ingredients). I swear by this stuff, it will knock out just about anything! Sorry so short tonight friends, my body is telling me to hit the hay, but I’m happy about how today went and feel good about starting some working out today!

Good Vibes!






On a Journey…

I can’t remember a time in my life that I have legitimately been healthy. There have been times that I have been fit, there have been times that I have been skinnier, but never healthy. I was a vegetarian for a long time but we all know that does not make for a healthy diet on it’s own. Different times I had tried different diets either I just wasn’t ready, or when I thought I was ready my support person, whomever it may have been, would back out, leaving me unmotivated. Despite the factors at hand, I simply didn’t have it in myself to stick to anything.

A couple of years ago, I fell in to depression. I didn’t have a job, due to being fired for my sexuality, I was going through a separation and everything seemed out of control in my life. Unaware, I seemed to turn to food for comfort and I gained a lot of weight. I had gotten up to 215lbs when I realized that I was destroying myself and that I needed to make a change.

My Progress: Day 2

Day 2 was a rough day in regards to feeling hungry.

I felt hungry most of the day and did not plan the best way that I should have (my sisters choir concert had me not eating dinner until about 8:00) I had to stop and get something before a I went so I opted for a superfoods bar that was the best things I’ve ever tasted. I would have perished otherwise…naturally.

I was tired and sluggish most of the day as well.

I reminded myself that though I had been eating healthy before this challenge, I had stretched my stomach back out by eating bigger portions than I should ::kicking myself:: proving this more difficult than had planned (on the bright side, it’s well after 12:00 day 3 and I’m not super hungry for lunch yet ::smiles::)

I, again went to be pretty early but sometimes your body just tells you what it needs, so I have been tying to listen more…rest when tired!