But Where Do You Get Your Protein?

After hearing this question approximately 8 hundred million times, I have finally found the best answer that keeps people (people who more likely than not have zero knowledge about nutrition) quite. What is this miracle response I hear you ask?

Where do you get your fiber?

Why ask this? Because studies have found that way more people are deficient in fiber than they are in protein. In fact, it’s pretty difficult to become deficient in protein. Almost everyone I’ve responded to with this question, has just started stuttering and had no way of responding. They pay pretty much no attention to their nutrition, yet they automatically become “nutrition experts” and feel the need to judge yours. I’ve literally had people who live off take away, smoke 20 a day, and binge drink every weekend ask me about my protein intake. I know, crazy, right?

But that’s just part of it, there’s no need to let it get to you. Yes it’s stupidly annoying, but just laugh it off, it can actually be quite fun seeing them dumbfounded with your response.

I was asked again today, so decided to come on and write a quick little post on it, and share what I have found to be the most hilarious response to date.

Good luck to you all in dumbfounding every “nutrition expert” you meet.

HealthObsessedVegan

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My Vegan Story

So how do you become vegan? Well I guess this is different for everyone. Every person’s journey is completely different, and I think that’s pretty cool. Some people dive straight in, some gradually get there. Some flip flop in and out of a vegan diet before eventually fully committing. Some people have been vegan their whole lives, some are new. Some do it for health reasons, others for ethical reasons, There are so many reasons and ways to become vegan, each just as great as each other.

So my story. Well I was one of those people who gradually got there, but I can honestly say it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I have never felt better. I guess I’ll start from when I was a kid. When I was younger, the idea of vegetarianism always interested me. If the thoughts of where my meat came from came into my head while eating, it would make me feel physically ill. From a young age I haven’t been able to eat food off the bone, such as ribs or chicken wings. It made it all too real for me. I tried going vegetarian a couple of times when I was young, but because I come from a family of meat eaters, and I wasn’t yet cooking my own food, I never really stuck at it for long.

It wasn’t until I got to college, where I bought and cooked purely for myself that I finally became vegetarian. I was at a family party, eating take away when I just decided, mid meal that I was done with meat. From that day I never touched it again. At this point I didn’t understand veganism, in all honesty, I thought it was stupid, purely because I knew nothing about it.

About a year and a half later is when my transition into veganism began. Yes, transition, I was one of those people that flip flopped for a while. Of course I would like to be able to say I just went vegan, but I don’t feel bad about it, and neither should anyone. We are programmed to believe we require animal products, and just don’t see how we can live without. It takes time, and if you are working on it, then you are doing great.

I can remember the moment it clicked with me that I had to stop eating any and all animal products. I was sat eating some chocolate, watching Cowspiracy on netflix (Highly recommend watching by the way!) And at one point during the documentary it finally registered with me, and I literally couldn’t finish eating the bar of chocolate. For weeks after this, I cut every animal product out. But then over the next couple of months, I got sloppy. I wouldn’t straight up eat eggs or dairy, but I was less careful about the products I ate. I would say that 90% of the time I was eating great, but I was still eating things with some dairy products in them. There was about 3 months of this before I finally 100% committed.

And now it’s been almost a year, and I can’t imagine living any other way. It was the best decision I have ever made, and I would encourage anyone who is even slightly interested to just go for it. There is so many reasons why I went vegan, It began as an ethical thing, health reasons playing a major part in it too. But the more I researched the more sense it made to me. So if there is one thing I would like you to take away from this, it’s to do your research. Keep learning. Keep trying. Keep improving.

Thanks for reading.

HealthObsessedVegan.

Getting Back On Track

I am writing this post for myself just as much as everyone else. As you have probably guessed, I love leading a healthy lifestyle. I am by no means the healthiest person, I still slip up with my diet, I still have lazy days, and I definitely have more body fat, and less muscle than I would like. But there is no point dwelling on it, all you can do is move forward with it. Get back on track, and keep pushing for your goals.
Take a minute and think about what your current goals are. Is it weight loss? Healthy diet? More muscle? For me, its a leaner stronger physique. This is my long term goal, but to get there I need to do a few things, and the first of these is lose some body fat. So when I slip up, I remember this. And I guess that’s my first tip. Re-motivate yourself. Before the rest of any of these tips work, you’re going to have to want them to work. Find that motivation and stick to it. If this is by looking back over some images you had saved, or looking back on things you’ve read, or wrote. Whatever it is, go back and be sure to find it again.
My next tip is to get rid of everything. If your slip up is in regards to your diet, get rid of the foods that aren’t good for your goals. Throw them out, give them to friends, whatever it is, get them out of the house. If they’re there, you’re going to eat them, it’s that simple. I’m a big believer in everything in moderation. But I know for myself, if I’m after slipping up, moderation is the problem, so I like to just completely cut it out until I am back in the right mindset.

If you have lost track in regards to exercise, all I can say is try everything. You are not going to like every type of exercise (Who does?) But there is something out there that you will. I would happily spend hours in the gym, but hand me a pair of runners and tell me to go for a jog? I’d laugh up in your face. Everyone is different, for me, weights are my thing. Lifting heavy things gives me more joy than I can express, but cardio is something I do so rarely. For some people its swimming, yoga, mountain climbing, whatever. There is something for everyone, trying new things is always fun, so just keep searching.
Possibly most importantly, Start now, not tomorrow, not Monday, now! It’s so easy for us to have a few days of slip up and then decide to get back on track starting at some time in the future (trust me, I know) But why Monday? Why next week? Why make your set back any longer than it needs to be. These are your goals, you want them, so go get them!

These are only a few little tips, but I think they’re the key ones. Falling off track can be so easy to do, but you don’t want to be there for long. Hope this helps!

HealthObsessedVegan.

 

Why I started my blog

So why did I start this blog? I guess it’s been something I’ve thought about starting for a very long time, but never did, so I eventually just decided to go for it. Food and health, both mental and physical are things that I have a long history with, and are things I’m very passionate about.

Me and food have had a very rocky good/bad relationship, and the same for my health. Because of this it’s something I have put a lot of time and effort into researching, maybe even a little too much (we’ll get into that later!) I am in no way and expert, but I guess I decided why not share my knowledge and experience, as well as some healthy recipes (I like to at least think I’m a good cook) and tips and tricks I’ve picked up along the way. You never know, it might help someone.

I know there won’t be many reading this post as I put it out, but if you are, then welcome to the journey that is HealthObsessedVegan, I hope this becomes something interesting, helpful and enjoyable to follow. We will be diving into all things health and fitness, and of course, vegan.

I hope to see you all back here soon.

HealthObsessedVegan.