My name is Angela. I grew up in a meat and potato household. I never ate vegetables and rarely ate fruit. I hated vegetables. If you told me when I was younger that I would grow to love broccoli and spinach, I would have laughed at you. I even worked at Spur as a manager and ate T-bone steaks for my lunch. I was semi-aware of the debate on meat-eating but I ignored it and carried on with my lifestyle because I lacked in-depth knowledge and it was convenient to stay the same.
Growing up, I was always tired, had really bad acne, and the worst mood swings.
I did weight training too, so I ate a lot of animal protein because I believed it was what I needed to gain muscles. That’s what I was told.
Fast forward 20 years and I’m a vegan. I love my vegetables, I love my fruit and I eat grains and beans. Heck, I even like tofu and soya. Who would have thought? It took years to get here though. Why? Because I kept believing that I needed animal products on my plate for a healthy lifestyle.
My daughter actually helped me go vegan as she went vegetarian first. One day, she made the link between the gorgeous piglet she saw on holidays and the bacon on her plate. As a concerned mother, I went on to complete a Vegetarian/Vegan Nutritional Therapy course to make sure that I had the knowledge to assist with my daughter’s diet. After all, she was only 10 years old at the time, and I didn’t want her lacking any nutrients.
I have been eating plant based consistently for the past 4 years but have been dabbling in the vegan lifestyle for years prior to that. Back then, I would eat plant-based for a few months at a time and then go back to eating animal products. I was doing my body more harm this way. Each time I went vegan, I had lots of energy, my skin cleared up, my body started healing from the inside out, and then I would be faced with some challenge, or tell myself that I missed animal products, and go back to eating them. When eating animal products, I would get tired, my digestion slowed down, my skin broke out, mood swings and many other ailments returned.
I really had the hardest time letting go of the meat on my plate. That is why I believe that if I can go plant-based, so can you.
Travelling was a challenge but I learnt to pre-order vegan food on the aeroplane, pack food for the long road trips, and Google restaurants online for restaurants at my destinations. And these days, if you can’t find anything, many places are willing to cater for you. I usually tell the waiter that I’m extremely allergic to dairy and animal products and they are most often really helpful.
The biggest challenge for me was a lack of knowledge about a plant-based lifestyle. Was I getting enough protein? Did I need to supplement? Am I eating enough to cover all my nutritional needs? Can I put my whole family on a plant based diet? Will my family get the required nutrition?
The challenge we all face when transitioning to a plant based diet, is to unlearn everything we were taught about food and healthy eating. We need to let go of the predominant idea that we need animal products as part of a healthy diet.
Reading this and wanting to attend this workshop shows that you are ready to make the change, and that you are prepared to challenge the predominant belief system. I am glad to welcome you. The end product is that your mind, body and spirit will benefit from it…. and the animals and the environment thank you.
There’s no greater feeling.
What this workshop entails:
Transitioning to a plant based diet can be very overwhelming for many. There are some who claim they went plant based overnight, which is wonderful. This wasn’t me at all though. I needed more information, I wanted knowledge first.
Therefore, I have taken a slow approach to helping you transition to a plant based lifestyle.
As part of your ‘homework’ each week, you will be asked to give up one specific animal product.
In that week, I will give you information on why giving up that particular animal product will be beneficial for not only your health, but also for ethical reasons.
Much of the information that is provided in the manual are scientifically proven, much is taken from reputable books and websites from doctors from all over the world, as well as various real life stories of those who healed themselves on a plant-based diet.
The reasons I recommend taking the slow approach are:
- Side effects of detoxing animal products out of your body will not be too drastic. Therefore, you can still carry on with your life. Side effects of detoxing may include headaches, tiredness, flu-like symptoms and/or aches and pains. Be patient with yourself and your body embarking on a wonderful journey with rich rewards along the way.
- There is a lot of information to take in and the slow approach will help you study and remember everything.
- You will learn plant-based cooking. The slow approach won’t overwhelm you with this new approach. Starting off with one plant-based meal per week and building it up over the course is not stressful. Once you have completed this course, you will be able to make many dishes.
- The success rate of staying plant-based after transitioning slowly is higher.
- Spiritually, the slow approach will also teach you to be more mindful. This is not an overnight trait to learn. It takes practice to be mindful of how you feel when you eat certain foods, mindful of what is on your plate, mindful of your emotional state when eliminating something but also mindful of how much more you are gaining from the benefits of this lifestyle. The slow approach helps you become aware of your emotional, mental and physical state.