This blog is about our pursuit of happiness. With this, comes not only travel and location independence, but also food and health. I really struggled to write this post because I did not want to alienate anyone. Even in 2018; I still get questions/comments like “what do you eat”, or “you know we have canine teeth for a reason right”. Many restaurants don’t know the difference between vegan and gluten free. There are so many pictures of what a “vegan” looks like and along with that, so many assumptions. I am not here to fight with anyone about whether or not the way I choose to live my life makes sense. I am here to tell you about our journey and ours alone.
As we have been posting pictures of food on here and on our Instagram #suitcaseandaplaylist; we realized that we hadn’t really talked about the fact that we do live a vegan lifestyle and how we got there. To many people’s surprise, our stories are very different in that sense. Here they are.
I grew up eating your typical meat and potato diet with a side of vegetables in every meal. I continued this way of eating through out college and through my early twenties. When I started having doubts about those choices; I went pescatarian for a year, and vegetarian for two years after that. I had always said that I would never be able to give up cheese. I mean, what kind of good greek gives up feta? The kind that can still make a killer spanakopita without the cheese. Check out this recipe for Vegan Spanakopita, it looks simple but is amazing. Thank god filo dough is vegan, phew! The final straw for me was a video that I accidently stumbled onto. I watched the video one day and then went vegan the very next day. I have now lived a vegan lifestyle for about 6 years. This change wasn’t that hard for me because I went vegan for my morals. Although I understand that everyone may not feel the same; I feel good everyday knowing that my lifestyle does not involve animal products. I may not always make the healthiest food decisions; but I am not perfect.
For example, here is another recent baked good I made recently by The Minimalist Baker.
Amanda’s story was a little different. She decided to go vegan to help her health. She had been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in her mid twenties and was feeling like crap. She had severe joint pain and her food choices were only making her feel worse. Within a short period of time; she quit smoking and adopted a vegan lifestyle. Although this did not completely remedy her condition; it helped her to feel A LOT better overall.
The majority of our diet consist of vegetables, but I too have my downfalls; dark chocolate, potato chips, and I enjoy baking. Amanda has a hard time saying no to vegan ice cream, especially Ben & Jerry’s non dairy Peanut Butter and Cookies. So good! Like I’ve said many times, just because it’s vegan doesn’t mean it’s good for you. We talk pretty regularly about how we can be healthier and make better choices on a regular basis. Cooking every day of the week can be exhausting and it’s easy to get lazy and just want to order take out. Our nutrition is a constant work in progress, and we are okay with that.
We make our own choices and believe that everyone has the right to make theirs as well. Every body has different needs. With that in mind; we do believe that eating a meal full of vegetables and non animal protein can be very healthy. Have you ever thought of participating in Meatless Monday’s? Here are some stats to think about, courtesy of earthday.org.
- If you ate one less burger a week, it would be the equivalent of taking your car off the road for 320 miles.
- Skip meat and cheese one day a week with your family, it would be the equivalent of taking your car off the road for five weeks-or reducing everyone’s daily showers by 3 minutes.
- Skip steak once a week with your family, it would be the equivalent of taking our car off the road for nearly three months.
- And if the entire U.S. did not eat meat or cheese for just one day a week, it would be the equivalent of not driving 91 billion miles-or taking 7.6 million cars off the road.
Here are a few of our favorite recipes!
PS: Oh, and the protein thing…we’ll get into that soon enough. Check out our next post, we are doing an experiment and would love for you to follow us along on it.
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