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Happy Sunday!

This is an open letter to any and everyone who may have questions regarding what I’m about to talk about. I hope you’ll read along with an open mind, and feel free to share any of your own past experiences, or thoughts that might come up for you while reading. So let’s get started!

I have given this a lot of thought and after several years of on and off vegetarianism, about a month ago I mentioned I had watched Vegucated, a documentary about vegans. Watching it, I was struck with just how serious the problems with animal raising, farming, and slaughterhouses are today. I felt compelled to make a change but I wasn’t sure if I could really commit to becoming a vegan.

Over the next few weeks, I made an effort to choose plant-based foods and move away from all non-vegan foods, such as honey and eggs. Luckily enough for me, I had already removed dairy in the forms of cheese, milk, and yogurt from my diet because I don’t digest them well and they make me break out. The more I became aware of what foods were and were not vegan, the more I knew I could make the final step and really become a vegan.

This afternoon, I finally watched Earthlings and I am now more certain than ever that I can not go back to eating animal products. The more I learned, the more apparent it became that the industry that manufactures these animal products treats the animals themselves as if they were already products, and not with any of the “humane” or “free-range” regulations that are supposedly upheld. One of the biggest eye-openers was seeing the largest Kosher cattle factory slaughtering cows using electrical prods, and ripping their trachii and throats out, while they were still alive…. All things that are NEVER supposed to be done in the kosher production of meat.

I will continue to research and learn more about veganism as I am beginning my journey into being a full-fledged vegan, but the wealth of information available both on the Internet and in books has increased so much in the past 10 years, I consider myself incredibly lucky to be able be making this transition at such an opportune time.

Other resources I’ve used included:
Kristy’s Blog, Keepin’ It Kind, here she shares her story of becoming and continuing her veganism.

Cadry’s Open Letter to a New Vegan and Misconceptions About Veganism

This Dish is Veg!’s 10 Most Common Vegan Myths

Books to consider:
The World Peace Diet, Food Revolution, and The China Study

Though I’ve been fairly selective about my food choices eating out for a while, tonight I had my first experience dining out as a vegan with friends who hadn’t dealt with it before, and I am so excited to say it went incredibly well! Everyone listened patiently and curiously as I explained my decisions, as well as my non-judgemental attitude towards my friends who do choose to continue eating animal products, and they were all incredibly supportive! The waitress at the restaurant we were dining at even made a point to write out the vegan options and possibly substitutions for all the vegetarian meals on the menu. I was so impressed with how knowledgable and willing to accommodate she was.

I know I will likely encounter many people who feel strongly opposed to my decision and many who will not be as understanding or accommodating in the future, but I truly believe what I am doing is the best choice for myself and for the animals who I see being played over and over in my mind.

I hope you had a great weekend!!

Love,
Happiness Starts Here

Going vegan

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Silence the voice that’s keeping you down

Today I’m happy about: not giving in to my inner voice’s negativity. I had planned to workout this morning but just didn’t feel like leaving my cozy bed. I had a nagging guilt that followed me all morning because I didn’t go, even though I was listening to my body.
Since I began my journey into intuitive eating over the past 3 weeks, I have felt much freer and was able to let go of a lot of my self-imposed rules. However, this has also caused my body to change in reaction to this, and although I know it’s for the best, and I am feeling stronger than ever during my workouts, I am worried that I am ballooning up and gaining too much weight.
The reality is that I probably haven’t gained more than a few pounds, and it’s just my body’s way of adjusting to being fed what it craves rather than being constantly deprived. But even though I know these changes are all for the good, the part of me that has relied on control for so long, is having trouble letting go.

Although this was a challenging day, I am really happy I didn’t give in to these feelings, and still enjoyed a day of delicious and nutritious meals, without worrying about how much I should or shouldn’t have.

I hope your week is off to a great start!

Love,
Happiness Starts Here

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What do you know about growing

Today I’m happy about: a great first voice lesson with a new teacher. If you’ve ever had any kind of private lesson for something you care deeply about, you’ll understand how amazing it is to have a breakthrough. That moment of mental clarity when everything lines up just so, is amazing and essential to growth. I am so happy to embark on a new journey throughout my master’s degree here in Boston and I know it’s going to be one hell of a ride but I am most definitely here for a reason.

Happy Tuesday cuties!

Love,
Happiness Starts Here

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Baby steps on this journey

Today I’m happy about: having a stress-free day. I had 5 hours of work, a doctor’s appt, got my car cleaned, ran errands and ended my evening with a totally delicious bison burger from The Counter with the family. I am so looking forward to my day off tomorrow and already have plans to do yoga, see a movie and meet up with some old family friends.

I’m starting to really understand (and be able to actually implement) the idea that happiness is truly appreciating and enjoying the moment. There will always be something for my anxiety-prone brain to over analyze, but the key to unlocking my happiness is to be mindful. Mindful of when I am unhappy, mindful of when I am upset. Mindful of what is causing these feelings, and not casting them aside but addressing them and allowing myself to move through them. This can’t be accomplished all in one day, possibly not even in a lifetime, but it’s something I look forward to getting better at.

Happy hump day! Any plans for tomorrow or Friday to get you through the rest of the week?

Love,
Happiness Starts Here

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