In celebrating my year of veganism, and to respond to the many messages and emails I have been getting by friends and Instagram followers for tips and advice on going vegan, I thought I would share with you my simple story of switching to veganism, and offer some resources to help you on your plant-based journey.
I had dabbled with being vegetarian and pescatarian on and off since the birth of my first son eight years ago, and never thought I would ever turn vegan. My interest began with my journey with environmentalism, but contrary to what you might think, I didn't watch Cowspiracy before I turned vegan. The movie that did it for me was Forks Over Knives (I will list all resources and links in this post a little further on).
My then-boyfriend has just prior to this stopped eating fish and started to his path to a plant-based diet and thus I had encouragement and support on my own journey, but being a relatively stubborn woman, I really had to make the decision for myself, and it came with tears and a strong will to change following the viewing of Forks Over Knives.
I woke up the next day, and was vegan. That simple? Yes, for me, but I'm an all-or-nothing kind of girl. I also quit alcohol just before turning vegan, which I believe greatly helped my transition.
But if I were doing it all again, I would probably transition a little differently, and I'll share my advice and offer resources to help you on your journey below.
In order to clean out the toxins stored in your body from most likely decades of animal protein consumption, I recommend you get straight into a fast. Tyler Tolman's 7-day juice fast is available FREE online and is ideal for those with busy life schedules who may not be able to handle the power of an extended water-only fast (which I highly recommend if you are able to commit).
Juice fasting for 7, 14 or 21 days will achieve:
- Rejuvenation of your body and cells
- Detox years of toxic build up within your body
- One of the most natural ways to detox and cleanse your body
- Feel renewed by giving your digestive system a break
- Reset your metabolism
- Boost your immune system
- Shift in your awareness on health
Coming out of a fast, your body is so renewed and rejuvenated that you will naturally crave fruits, whole foods, and vegetables. In my eyes it's the best way to kick start your new life as a plant-based warrior. If you really need some inspiration to start a juice fast, watch Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead right now.
You can do this whilst you are fasting. Tyler's course has loads of resources, so I won't double up with information there, but here are my top recommendations for movies and podcast episodes:
- Rich Roll Podcast - Interview with Kip Andersen & Keegan Kuhn - How Corporate Collusion Is Making Us Sick & Costing Us Trillions
- Rich Roll Podcast - Interview withBruce Friedrich - Innovating the future of food
- Rich Roll Podcast - Sydney Q&A with Rich and Julie - How to be a littler better tomorrow than you are today
Breathe, mutha fucka
Wim Hof came onto the world stage thanks to the incredible team at Vice who took his powerful story to the Internet. Since I first watched his episode on Vice, I was intrigued and inspired about what the human mind and body are capable of. It wasn't until late last year that I begun to dabble in the Wim Hof Method app, and more recently I have embarked on the 10-week course.
I've posted about the Wim Hof Method in an article "Magic Breath and How To Use It", giving you a good starting foundation to Wim and the breathing method, plus insight into cold immersion. The WHM will become your best friend on your journey to a healthier, more compassionate, stronger and happier you, and I can't recommend it enough. Visit Wim's website, download the app, and get started: https://www.wimhofmethod.com
I don't want to overwhelm you as you make your transition, and this is more than enough information to get started. Feel free to contact me for any advice or tips as you start your journey, or pop comments below on your experience, tips and information for others.