Hi and welcome to Vegan Vigilante, a vegan food blog inspired by my love for vegan food and vegan cooking. In my regular life, I have a bachelor’s degree in nursing and am a registered nurse. I’ve been in the health care field for over 20 years now and one thing I’ve come to know about is the link between the American diet and disease.
I haven’t always been vegan. Like many of you, I grew up in a non-vegan home. I started my meatless journey in college where I became vegetarian. It took a few more years of struggling with myself to finally let go of dairy. I was one of those people who never thought I could live without milk or cheese. I’m here to tell you guys there is life after dairy. I promise!
How I Transitioned from Vegetarianism to Veganism
I transitioned from vegetarianism to veganism in one easy step: COLD TURKEY! I didn’t fool around with eliminating this and then eliminating that until I was finally totally vegan. I did it cold turkey, the same way I did it with meat. Was it hard? Not in the least. It’s real simple, when your love for animals is stronger than your love for dairy, leaving it all behind is easy. I did have a little help though, read on to get help too!
21-Day Vegan Kickstart
Once I made up my mind to go vegan, I signed up for The Physician’s Committee 21-Day Vegan Kickstart. Why did I choose this plan over others? For one thing, it;s free. For another thing, the 21-day Meal Plan is outrageously delicious. You can actually print out the entire program, which includes the meal plan and a grocery list. There are enough meals in the plan to cover the entire 21 days. I put my copies in a binder and referenced them on a daily basis as I began my journey into cooking vegan foods. And what a journey it’s been.
Good News! Vegan Vigilante is Now Whole Food Plant Based (WFPB)
I started this little blog in September of 2017. After enduring the most stressful 5 years of my life, making and remaking many a vegan recipe, including goodies like my Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes and my Best Ever Vegan Carrot Cake, having multiple surgeries on my hands and one to remove skin cancer, I admit that I’ve gained some weight. So much so that my clothes started getting too tight and I started to feel uncomfortable.
After complaining about it to a friend and fellow food blogger, he challenged me to make the switch to a WFPB vegan diet. He’s been a WFPB vegan chef for some time now and has lost 140 pounds. Read about his journey at ARespectfulLife.com. I just recently accepted his challenge and starting in late March of 2018, my recipes made the switch, as well. Check out my first official WFPB recipe, Blood Orange Overnight Oats.
What do I eat on a WFPB vegan diet? It’s pretty simple: whole, unrefined plants. That’s it. It may sound restricting, but it really isn’t. It’s freeing and delicious and simple. If you want to learn more about my journey and try vegan recipes that are WFPB, sign up for my newsletter and stay in touch. You can also follow me on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.
If you need more information or have questions about how to go vegan or WFPB, you can always email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I want to be there to support you, if you ever need to talk.