All’s Well 

Alright, so it’s been 7 days of going vegan and I have officially given up. I know, readers, I’ve dissapointed you, but it wasn’t a smart choice on my part. I’m always the last one to admit that I’m wrong, but as of right now I know that I need to take care of myself. 

Around Thursday I started to notice a change in my moods and in my behaviors. I wasn’t sluggish, but I was always hungry. I don’t mean the type of hungry that you can satisfy. I’m talking level 9: HANGRY with episodes of blinding rage. 

  
I live a pretty active lifestyle. I’m out at school and working about a good chunk of the time. When it’s almost impossible to eat anything when you’re out of the house it gets really troublesome. 

I had been having cravings for meat, daily, which I usually never have but without the consistent intake of cheese I wasn’t getting enough protein anywhere. I don’t eat enough beans and vegetables to sustain myself. 

It only took one week for me to understand what my body was trying to tell me: “Eat everything in moderation.” Being a pescatarian is still the perfect option for me, and even then I don’t enjoy fish all that often, but giving up cheese and eggs? Not an option, at least not right now. It isn’t practical for my lifestyle. 

Being a vegan is lonely! 85% of my friends invited me over for dinner or something involving food and every time I had to say “no, I’m going vegan for 30 days.” Shit is depressing, yo. It’s like being a Christmas tree the day after Christmas, you’re kind of irrelevant. 

  
People also make you feel bad. It is depressing when your friends are like “we’re having a movie night and getting pizza.” BUT YOU CAN’T PARTAKE IN THAT. 

You have to dedicate a lot of time to being vegan, between meal prep and trying to figure out what you can eat it gets annoying. I’m still going to continue trying to eat right and better, but just keep health conscious. It isn’t fair to beat yourself up because you have a bad splurge. You need to take care of yourself. 

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Guess Who’s Back, Back, Back Again?

WADDAP READERS?!

So incredibly sorry for the hiatus, I really should have kept posting and making sure my blog stayed fresh, but it has been a stressful couple of months! A recommendation to all: NEVER (and I truly do mean NEVER) take up 6 hours in summer school, an internship, and working 27(+) hours a week.

I’m surprised my alopecia didn’t come back up and my hair started falling out. That happened in 2014 and the week of finals that almost killed me.

I was literally working from 9-11 Monday through Friday, but it’s cool! Now, it’s fall semester and I’m chillin’, enjoying school, and LIFE.

Another reason I haven’t been blogging as much is because I’m happy! I’m so happy it’s stupid. It’s like my mouth is stuck in a permanent smile 95% of the time. I look like an emoji. I have great friends, a decent job that doesn’t suck, a happy living situation, and food in my belly. What do I have to complain about?

Two years ago, I was facing a deep depression that I didn’t think I would escape, but HERE I AM. I watch too much Netflix, eat too much cheese, and am a self-centered narcissist, obviously, if I expect you to read a blog on my life, AND I’M HAPPY.

This blog has helped me push through a lot of walls, and I’m still on my journey to be as health conscious as possible, but I will not sacrifice flavor for “health.” My best friends got me this awesome vegan cookbook “Thug Kitchen,” for my birthday so I’m about to turn up!

My roommate has been an off and on again vegan for the last couple of years, so I’m excited to see what we’ll create and how I’m feeling at the end of this 30 day challenge. Hopefully I make it to the end because my other roommate just heated up spaghetti and I’m having cravings, but I see the light at the end of the tunnel! I’ll be updating this blog weekly on how I’m feeling with the change of diet, weight loss, energy levels, and dishes I’ve been cooking.

Can’t wait to see what comes!

End of a Chapter

As the term comes to an end, I’m doing a wrap up blog post of the semester. My digital media class got my creative juices pumping and definitely allowed me to voice my opinion and get my word out there. Being able to share my story has been awesome! I absolutely plan to continue my writing.

Sharing my writing has been surprisingly easy this semester, as well! In between sharing links on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr I’ve been able to spread it like wild fire. Twitter has been the most efficient. People were more likely to retweet a link to my blog, rather than share a post on Facebook.

I never realized how much your word actually matters to people and that they actually want to hear what you have to say. I would like to further my writing and even do some pieces on current news topics. I’ve started a more political blog on Tumblr, but I will continue my focus on health and a better lifestyle on Meditate and Rehabilitate. My Tumblr will show my more liberal side and emphasize on feminism and equal rights for all ethnic backgrounds.

I’d like to one day work with documentaries and hopefully this will be a good outlet to do such. I hope that my blog this semester influenced people to develop a healthy lifestyle in all aspects of their life: mind, body, and soul. I know that trying to tackle self esteem and/ or health issues is a hurdle many people face daily, but if my blog has given them a tiny bit of confidence I have (with any luck) made an impact on people and left my footprint.

One of my zumba instructors, Kristia Garcia, a junior at Texas State finds herself in the same predicament that many women do. Garcia says, “Sometimes I tell my boyfriend ‘No, don’t hug me, I feel fat today.’ Being a girl, I got that mind set [engrained into me.]” Her advice to women battling with self-esteem issues is to “just keep doing what you love, whether it is singing, dancing, a sport, just keep doing it. Don’t stop. If it makes you happy, continue.”

In closing, as any Disney fan would say, in the voice of Ellen Degeneres,