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When it comes to the vegan life, I am a complete novice. My initial attitudes towards veganism evolved around the notion that no meat means no happiness. After exploring vegan lifestyles, vegan commitments, vegan recipes, and vegan beliefs, I definitely see the attractiveness and benefit. Am I ready for a metamorphic vegan life? I’m not sure, but I am ready to find out after a week of living the V life! 

In high school, I was a committed vegetarian. My cousin was, and still is, a vegetarian, and it was a phase in my life where Birkenstock sandals and animal rights were the focal points of my early years. The collapse of the vegetarian life occurred a year before graduation where I just could not take another Thanksgiving without meat. Trying to convince a Colombian mother to appease to my food choices was inconceivable. Rather than setting aside a meatless dish, I had to find a way to feed my vegetarian stomach- pb&j sandwiches for dinner!


Needless to say, after abandoning the vegetarian life, I ate what I wanted, when I wanted, and without a care. Now in my thirties, I am forced to re-evaluate food in a completely new light. Paying attention to what goes in my body is more important now than ever. Little did I know that most people who are vegans, crossed over due to excessive bloating, food allergies, dietary restrictions, and the environment. I can definitely get on board with these concrete causes.

Before setting off for vegan week, I selected four resources to share that have helped me further grasp the vegan life:

All of the above resources did the leg work with their extensive researches into vegan lifestyle, cooking, and holistic measures to a healthier life. I thoroughly enjoy these, and hope you do too.

It’s a new year, and what a better way to start it than to try something completely new. I will share the joys and trials of each day being a vegan, and see what transpires. It’s all about the V Life! 


As I was getting ready in the morning, I always turn on his podcast. It’s so non-judgmental, intriguing, informative, and very impelling.


Jessica Seinfeld

I first intrigued after watching several of Jessica Seinfeld’s instagram stories. When I ordered Food Swing, I practically cooked everything in the book. She has a vegan banana ice cream that’s to die for!


Gwyneth Paltrow

She’s a famous actress, but she’s also a big foodie and loves cooking. Her books initially opened up the world of elimination eating, vegan recipes, and health tips that I’ve adopted. I’m going to be honest- I have all her books!


Alyssa Rimmer (Simply Quinoa)

Here at SQ is great at informing and empowering through articles, recipes, programs and their amazing and supportive online community, to help you cultivate the confidence necessary to take action. Subscribe to get free recipes sent to your inbox!



The Vegan Life Journey

Personally, I prefer a balanced diet which includes fish, meat, and poultry. Every body is different with different dietary needs, and I noticed that my body performs better when I consume meat products. Am I disappointed at myself? Absolutely not! I will, however, feel pretty optimistic of having future days devoted to being a vegan and/or having vegan meals from time to time. (Vegan Banana ice cream just so happens to now be my favorite!) 

Thank you for being with me on this small vegan journey. I enjoyed it immensely, and look forward to adding more variety to life! 

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A Texas native born with strong Colombian and Lebanese roots trying to savor life to the fullest!  

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