Being raised in the most country town you can possibly find in California, a plant-based diet was not really a thing, nor was it something I had ever thought i’d even consider. My step dad was and still is a regular hunter and my favorite thing to eat was a good ole rack of baby back ribs.
There was even a point about one year before I actually converted to being a vegan when my mom, brother and sister were all trying to educate me and persuade me to make the switch. I was very stubborn, and resisted with pride… That’s the taurus in me(;
I finally began my vegan journey at my 200-hour yoga teacher training in May 2017 with no idea that from then on I would commit to a solely vegan diet. I went in thinking it would be impossible for me to achieve and that i’d be that girl sneaking in cheeze-it’s and chocolate… But no! Well… I was at first, but after about 3 days of eating delicious meals that were entirely plant-based, I realized that I had been missing out on so much for way too long. Almost immediately my energy sky-rocketed, my hormone levels became much more balanced, my appetite grew, and the best part was that I could eat as much as I wanted guilt free, and still feel full but not bloated!
I experienced mild eating disorders in high school due to the social pressure I felt to be thin, and although I had already come a long way since then, having an appetite for vegan food, every single meal was HUGE for me. This was my ‘aha’ moment.
That month in Bali, I discovered that I could eat as much as my little heart desired (which was more than basically everyone at the retreat) and still be healthier, and more fit than I ever was before. Yeah I got skinny when I reduced my calorie intake, but I was constantly deterring my thoughts from food, and physically weak.
Today I can proudly say that I have been vegan for over a year, and even got my boyfriend 100% on board. I truly believe that knowledge is power and the more you learn about the benefits of a vegan diet, not only on your body but also on our environment, the less excuses you will find to not go vegan.
I was lucky enough to receive so much additional nutritional education during my yoga teacher training, and I want to give you all the tools that I had to make my transition simple. I have a variety of resourceful information that will help you get started, and if you’re like me and are finding it difficult to start, join me along one of my wellness retreats in Bali, or Hawaii.
Date bottom: 1 cup packed pitted dates 1/4 cup cocao 1 tsp vanilla 1/4 cup almond flour 2 tbsp coconut oil 1/4 Pecans (or other nut) Chocolate Topping: 1/4 cup maple syrup 1/3 cup cocao butter 1/4 cup cocao powder 2 tbsp coconut oil Shredded coconut (optional) Ditrections: Mix dates, cocao, vanilla, almond flour, and … Continue reading Vegan Cocao Chews