These photos were taken back in February of 2013..when the iphone was a 4S and the camera was a little lackluster. These were the meals that got me started, that tasted delicious enough to keep me going, and that I'm still enjoying..three years later!
How did I get started? What motivated me to finally begin eating the way I knew I should? How have I maintained my diet through temptation, family dinners, and vacations? The answers aren't simple and none of it has been easy.
Let's rewind back to 2012. I was a soon-to-be-bride planning my farm wedding and a two-week honeymoon in France. I had a ton of support from my family, my friends, and my groom but I was still pretty stressed out by my endless to-do list and dwindling budget. Now let's add in a puppy, adorable when sleeping, hellhound when awake. While were at it let's go ahead and factor in that my Grandpa, who I absolutely adored, passed away after a long year of poor health.
My immune system couldn't handle the stress and by the time my Grandpa's funeral ended my flare up had led to leaky gut, which led to E. coli sneaking it's way into places it shouldn't be, which led to a severe infection, and cellulitis. I didn't really realize how sick I was until I called my mother-in-law (my medical go-to) and tried to explain to her that all I had to do was take some antibiotics and that I'd be back on my feet in a couple of days; she told me I'd be lucky if I didn't end up in the hospital. I spent the next two days throwing up the antibiotics - throwing up the nausea pills that were supposed to keep me from throwing up the antibiotics - and not getting any better. I had reached a new low, I couldn't do anything, pain and nausea had become my constant companions.
Luckily, after forty-eight terrible hours, my doctor figured out exactly which antibiotic I needed the most and thankfully, it was the one drug that didn't cause to me to projectile vomit. My bachelorette party was a low-key night in with my favorite girlfriends and my wedding dress was a little baggy due all the nausea but I didn't have to postpone the ceremony or my dream honeymoon. I did have to take antibiotics for the next month and I couldn't shake that vulnerable feeling, the one that comes from knowing that you don't have control over your own health.
Fast forward a couple months to February, 2013. Jordan and I had been at a Super Bowl party with friends, filling ourselves with the usual fare: chicken wings, chile con queso, and beer. The next day we felt terrible, the kind of terrible that made us finally sit down and talk about accountability, we couldn't continue to mindlessly consume food that was compromising our bodies.
In Getting Started: Part Two, I'll fill you in on the books, movies, and blogs that motivated us to start eating a plant-based diet. In Part Three, I'll share some easy recipe ideas and tips on how to get your family and friends onboard with your new, healthy lifestyle!