living a happy life demands that you have the clarity to make decisions that make you happy. one of the things that i have learned on my journey toward being happy is that eating healthy plays a major role in what types of decisions i make and what type of lifestyle i am leading.
eating healthy means something different to everyone, but there are two things that are always considered when it comes to health 1) exercise and 2) eating habits.
in this post i will be discussing eating habits that i feel are best suited for the lifestyle that i want to lead. if my idea of health does not resonate with you that is completely normal and OKAY. everyone is different and has a unique set of values that they want to live by.
when i was younger i decided that i wanted to become vegetarian because i didn't agree with the ethics behind how the agricultural industry operated. a few years later when i moved out of my parents house and went to college i had watched more documentaries which taught me more about animal farming and i decided that i wanted to completely stop eating animal products and start eating a vegan diet.
it has been about three years since i made that decision and i have not been able to stick to my goal of eating a vegan diet. it was easy in the beginning and now it seems almost impossible. i began to lose hope and make health decisions that i knew where not what i wanted, but instead of planning ahead and setting myself up for success i slowly stopped setting food goals.
part of the reason why i decided to publish this blog is because i want to put myself on the right track again and start making food goals that will help me achieve my overall health goal of eating a 100% unprocessed vegan diet.
one of the first steps i am going to take to begin my goal setting journey is to start reminding myself why i wanted to eat a vegan diet in the first place.
my first and most important reason is that eating a vegan diet helps decrease my menstrual symptoms. i have struggled with my period for as long as i have had it. while i was doing research on eating vegan i discovered that research has shown that consumption of dairy products can make menstrual symptoms worse! this is because of all of the hormones the cow is pumped with to produce milk.
the second reason is because, again, i do not agree with the ethics of agricultural companies. to refresh my memory of this underlying fact of the consumption of animal products i decided to read a book called Quantum Wellness which was written by Kathy Freston (a vegan author).
reason number three is because i want to be a fit person and look good :). eating vegan helps me avoid most processed food (which is usually unhealthy) and also helps me eat a more plant-based diet, which is great for losing weight and staying fit.
these are only a few reasons why i have chosen to begin my journey toward a fully vegan diet. now, to successfully accomplish my health goal i have to set realistic smaller goals. this can be the hardest part, because we can often be impatient with ourselves and try to jump into something we are not ready for (at least i know i do!). so, instead of setting the goal this month to eat 100% unprocessed and vegan right now this instant forever, i will set a smaller goal. in my case i will make a goal to eat vegan for 30 days.
this smaller goal will give myself a time frame to work with and time to figure out if this goal is do-able or if i need to set a smaller more achievable goal. we all want to succeed, but for some reason most of us set ourselves up for failure when we are making health goals.
i will continue to update you on the status of my goal! i hope this was helpful!
please leave a comment if you have any questions or comments about healthy goal setting! :)