A little about myself and why I started this blog
This is like my first blog entry ever, so if anyone reads it, please bear with me.
I've been vegan for almost a year now. I transitioned straight to full on veganism in the end of summer 2012, shortly after watching the movie "Forks over Knives" which was recommended to me by one of my old co-workers with whom I foolishly tryed to debate about the necesity of meat in human diet (being a carnist myself at the time... go figure...). With no surprise, as any other carnist (aka meat eater, aka human carnivore, aka omnivore) I couldn't defend my point very well. Ironically, coworker of mine was obese and diabetic himself, and since I no longer work with that person, I'll never know why he didn't take the advice from the mentioned documentary himself, but myself I'll always be grateful to that person for pointing me in the right direction.
Anyways, after watching the film, and researching some of the work done by the doctors in the movie, watching some more youtube videos on the topic I couldn't see any reason to stay on my old diet. I didn't try to fight the information that was facing me, I was always pretty open minded. I was really interested in nutrition and fitness at the time, so I often seeked for a lot of nutritional information on the internet, but I could never cross so much phenomenal info as I did after researching the vegan diet.
After summoning some courage I pretty much literally went vegan overnight. It's funny because couple days prior, I had bunch of dead chicken flesh cooked up and ready in tableware meals; of course I ended up throwing it away as I couldn't get my self to finish that stuff for the sake of not wasting the food.
The beginning of my journey was pretty settle. I didn't have starvation problems, at the time, I already had watched enough McDougall's videos to dismiss any carbfobia I might have had before.
Since I was still kind of a newb, I didn't know a lot of recipes of good vegan dishes and I neither was familiar with the raw vegan movement nor ready for it just yet. My first few weeks pretty much consisted of meals that were just concocshions of brown rice, any sord of beans, and corn, plus salads on the side. It was very basic but nevertheless satieting and effective. Since I started eating lots more carbs than on my previous carbfobic diet (if any of you familiar with Mike Chang and his "zero will power eating system", you know what I am talking about) I had a big increase in energy and physical capobilities. After couple of weeks of vegan regiment of starches and greens I was able to even run a few miles after my regular workout routine in the gym, which was mind-blowing, because in the past I normally could barely run a mile fully rested.
Of course my journey wasn't without a few bumps and stumbles. After a month or so of veganism, after my parents were well aware of my lifestyle change, I was decepted into trying some chicken legs, fried and glazed in some sord of sauce (that I can't recall by now) left after a party. I wasn't happy about the whole experience and regreted it afterwords. In short words, stomachache, bloated stomach and the stench of death in my mouth isn't in my definition of a pleasant time.
There was also a time that year when my parents were out of state, I was under a lot of stress because of college, I didn't have a lot of plant food options that I wanted and I got myself to eat a couple of canned chicken soups after the whole week of living on peanut-butter-jelly sandwiches. This was the last time I ever ate flesh or any animal product that I was aware of consuming. (I think that final point at which I knew for sure that I will never go back to carnism was after watching "Earthlings" film. Its funny because being a guy and stereotypically thinking that crying and showing so much feelings is weak and "gay", I pretty much cried full on during some parts of that movie)
After a couple of months of being on a vegan diet, I discovered Durianrider and raw vegan HCRV movement. His style seamed a little weird to me at first, but I grew to love the way Harley was expressing his message. Eventually I decided to try out low fat raw vegan eating. It wasn't without it's challenges, trying to go low sodium and not having anything cooked, but I managed it and quiet enjoyed it for a long time. Unfortunately I decided to temporarily stop it after a while. My reason for quitting was my mother.
As anyone that ever transferred to the vegan lifestyle, I felt like it was right thing to try and convert my parents to veganism, or at list to get them to try it out. Failed miserably with my stepfather (unfortunately; my step-dad is a smart and reasonable person, but when it comes to food, pretty foolish and stubborn man), but did succeed with my mom after convincing her from doing a Dr. Oz's (from Dr. Oz Show) 3 day juice cleanse and advised her to read Joel Fuhrman's "Eat to Live" book.
I quit the raw food diet and got back on regular cooked vegan diet to support my mother, make meals and eat with her, to make sure she succeeds on the new lifestyle.
It has been many months now since I have gone off the raw food lifestyle. I am sure that my mom will be fine on her own, so I decided to get back on the HCRV and to start this blog as an agknowledgment and ansurance to myself that I will not only get back on it but will stay on it, and will keep updating my progress, thoughts and feeling about the journey. I will try and keep up the log of my workouts and keep the nutrition log just for the data.
Honestly, I am kind of excited about this. I don't know how well or how bad this is going to go. This blog is mostly for myself, to keep myself on track and for the future, to be able to analyze what I did wrong, what I did right, and for anyone who is new to the movement that wishes to learn from my mistakes or successes.
So, anyways... if anyone, who reads it, has an advice for me from their own experience, go ahead and post it below, if not... thanks for taking time and reading this anyway.