I’ve been so nervous to write this blog post. I share a lot of things about my life on my blog, and I feel like this bit of news should be no different. Honestly, I’ve been a little scared of what y’all might think. I’ve been holding out on you since November, though, and I’m sorry.
I, Chelsea T. Thomas, am a happy herbivore. I no longer consume animal products of any kind. I live on a plant-based, vegan, oil-free diet.
Whew. That felt good.
Around August of last year, I was noticing that when meal planning, grocery shopping, ordering at restaurants, et cetera, I was having a hard time picking a meat that sounded good to me. I couldn’t stomach chicken anymore. I was super tired of ground turkey. I’ve never liked pork very much, and red meat rarely got my motor running. I was hardly ever even eating eggs anymore either.
If we were to rewind to various points of my life during middle school, high school, and college, we would see a couple of lengthy stints of vegetarianism/animal activism. I had come across a PETA video online in the 8th grade that depicted the horrors of raising livestock and immediately swore off meat. Ultimately, each time I tried, after a few months of eating mostly bread, I always decided it was too hard and “unhealthy.”
What was wrong with me? I needed meat, right? I workout a lot, so I need lots of protein to keep me getting stronger. In the past, eating a high protein diet had facilitated the most weight loss for me. I HAVE to eat meat. I was frustrated and forcing myself to eat something I did not like at all, and the PETA video memories were beginning to creep into my thoughts.
I had to do something, so I began to do some research. Can I get a hallelujah for the internet?? A couple of YouTube videos, documentaries, blogs, and academic articles later, I was amazed. I’ll save all the crazy facts for another post, (Maybe I’ll do a series?) but, I was SHOCKED. Things started to make so much sense, and I no longer felt like I HAD to eat meat to be strong and healthy. I was done.
So, in November of last year, I became a plant-based, oil-free vegan. Now, I won’t sit here and lie to you and tell you I haven’t put a single animal product in my mouth since then. I’ve eaten some Reese’s. I’ve had some meat here and there, and cheese is the hardest thing I’ve had to give up. I will tell you this though, after I’ve eaten something that isn’t plant-based or vegan, (there’s a difference in the two and I’ll explain in another post, too) my body feels terrible. It’s never as good as I expect it to be, and it makes it all the more clear that this is the lifestyle for me.
I promise you this–carbs DO NOT make you fat and FAT in the form of oils is devoid of nutrients and bad for you. It is entirely possible to get all of the protein, fat, and other nutrients you need from plants, and you get to eat more in the process because of caloric density! I never leave a meal feeling disgustingly full or bloated or weighed down.
Now, please understand, I never would force my views on you. I would never judge someone who eats meat or consumes animal products, and if you are a long time vegan reading this, please be gentle. I still make mistakes and eat things that don’t fall under plant-based, oil-free, or vegan.
Please know that this is my life choice and mine only. I simply tell you because I’ve found that a lot of people are interested in my diet change, and I’ve NEVER felt better. I really never feel deprived, even when I’m cooking meat for my carnivore husband. (Slowly trying to get him away from so much meat and dairy.) The severe eczema that I’ve battled my ENTIRE life is pretty much non existent now and my digestion is pretty much perfect. (TMI, sorry!) and those are just two of the crazy benefits I’ve experienced so far.
If you’re interested in more information, the following resources changed my life and are full of evidence based, scientific research.
Happy Herbivore blog, books, and meal plans
Nina and Randa YouTube videos
Dr. John McDougall website and books
Documentaries on Netflix:
Cowspiracy—MIND BLOWING, y’all.
Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead
Forks Over Knives
There’s so much more I could share with you, but I won’t. You clearly know how to use the World Wide Web!
So do you think I’m crazy, yet? Let me know your thoughts. Would you ever consider making the switch?
Catch a glimpse of all my plant-based, oil-free, vegan adventures on Snapchat and Instagram!