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Been feeling yucky the past 24 hours (and trying hard to tell myself I am NOT getting sick) so getting fun mail always helps lifts the spirits! #keepcollective #veganversary #bling #vegan #veganbling

12 years vegan this month 🌱

Hi! Get ready for a very vegan message:

I never used to think diet really made an impact on the world, I didn't really care to think about it honestly. But after being vegetarian for years, I came across the documentary "Cowspiracy" and I learned so many terrifying facts about the meat AND dairy industry that I really just couldn't contribute to it anymore, at all. By making the change and cutting out animal products you'd be shocked at the impact one person could have, I still am. I know there's a huge conception about angry, crazy vegans but this lifestyle is more than just preaching about animal rights and eating salads. I'll always love all the delicious foods I ate before going vegan, just made with plants, anything can be vegan and be just as tasty (just ask @hotforfood they know what's up). I truly love this lifestyle, and making the connection between what I eat and the effect it has on the world has forever changed my life! You don't have to go vegan, you can hate us, that's ok, but do some research, and just think about what's on your plate and what it took to get there.
Ok vegan rant over πŸŒ±πŸ’•
#yayvegan #veganversary

ONE YEAR VEGANVERSARY
So today I have been vegan for one year (or I made the decision to go vegan... I cheated occasionally for the 1st couple months) and I'm gonna answer all the questions I've gotten over the past year.
1.) Why though?
Answer: why not? But seriously, it started when I finished watching the office for the 8th time and I was like " I should watch something useful to my life" so I went to the documentaries on Netflix and found a WHAT I THOUGHT was a cooking show. Nah. It was a vegan thing. It showed how animals were treated and I was like lol nope I can't support this. .
2.) Did you think you'd stay vegan?
Answer: no. I thought it would be a phase but about 4-5 months in I knew I wouldn't eat meat again it lowkey grosses me out now tbh.
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3. Haha you must've eaten real healthy before to give up all animal products
Answer: well. I ate chick fil a as much as @jonathan.storie does now. If you know him you know it's a LOT. @mj.fitz and @rfitzgeezy saw me at least 2 times a week guaranteed. I hated vegetables. Would never pass up a chance to eat a good burger. I drank a gallon of milk every 2-3 days. NOTHING like how it is now if that answers the question. .
4.) you miss any foods?
Answer: in some ways yes but others no. i used to miss cheese because vegan cheese is nasty and ΒΏsticky? (Idk why). Otherwise gardein has very realistic tasting chicken, burgers, etc. Soymilk tastes just like reg milk. Very vanilla soymilk tastes like a milkshake. Life is good. Otherwise I don't miss much. .
5.) Pros and Cons?
Answer: the pros: my skin cleared up SO MUCH. for those of you that knew me a year ago my skin was a MESS. now it's generally clear :,). I lost 15+ pounds. My makeup game improved (not related but it happened in the past year so I'm counting it). *vegan glow up* I have a lot more energy (as long as I get more than 3 hours of sleep πŸ€”). Not contributing to hurting animals:))
Cons: people like @madisonspencer1 and @livforshort Will send you anti vegan memes. 😀. @thejosephmurray Will call you a fake vegan. You have about 3 options on every menu. That's about it.
Overall 11/10 decision. If y'all got questions, ask me! I'm ready 😀 #veganversary

As of yesterday I've been vegan for one whole year! I'm pretty proud of that for many reasons. One reason is that I thought it was going to be difficult to transition into a 100% vegan diet and lifestyle. But let me tell you, it was SO MUCH EASIER than I thought it would be. It is not only doable, it's fun and will make you feel good physically and mentally (not to mention having a clear conscience feels amazing). Also, don't believe the people who say eating vegan is boring and that we only eat salad. Since becoming vegan, I have a renewed passion for cooking and every time I make a new recipe I'm like DAMN it's good to be vegan (cause everything's so delicious). If you're considering going vegan, just make the jump and do your best. You won't regret it! 🌿
Photo by: @praaaise // @comeplum
#vegan #veganversary

Today marks 1 year into my vegan journeyπŸŒ±πŸ’šπŸ₯‘ I'm so grateful for all of the positive changes, experiences, people, and opportunities this has brought into my life. I am constantly learning and growing into the woman I'm supposed to be. Here are just a few photos of what my food looks like most of the time- and believe it or not anyone who really knows me knows that I eat a lot & always think about food. It gets easier and easier! So here's to all the animals I've helped save by not eating them, it's all loveπŸ€— #veganversary #1year #andalifetimetogo #plantbased #crueltyfreeliving

April 2002 was a month that had some lasting changes in my life. I don't remember the exact date, but earlier this month marked 15 years of being vegan. That 1 simple decision has made me a better and more compassionate person. I only wish I would have done it sooner!

Today marks 15 years that I have been with this lady. She has also pushed me to be a better person and chase after what I really want to do in life. If not for her, I probably wouldn't be living in California.
These are 2 of the best decisions I've made in my life. Happy Anniversary! @msjennmurphy #15yearanniversary #15yearveganversary #veganversary

celebrating my 23 yr #veganversary with my fav carnivore @the_nealer

A year later and I am yet to die from a protein deficiency πŸŒ±πŸŒ±βœ¨β˜€οΈ #vegan #veganversary #beach

MOST RECENT

12 years vegan this month 🌱

This is true for the two biggest things that have happened in my life. My 116lbs weight loss. And now my lifestyle choice to go vegan. Pretty soon it'll be a year going vegan for me, and not only that but my four year anniversary of beginning my fitness journey. I'm never looking back. And I hope that somehow, I'll be able to help others to never look back as well. πŸ’• Good Morning β˜€οΈ What are you going to do differently today that will make YOU happy and healthy!? -
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#vegancommunity #fitnessblogger #fitwomen #veganism #veganversary #fitnessjourney #fitnessmotivation #happy #healthy #follow #lifequotes #lifestylechange

Been feeling yucky the past 24 hours (and trying hard to tell myself I am NOT getting sick) so getting fun mail always helps lifts the spirits! #keepcollective #veganversary #bling #vegan #veganbling

Today I decided to share my story... Today - August 15, 2017 - I celebrate my ONE YEAR #vegan anniversary! #veganversary
My journey started in January of 2016. I was very sick and for someone in their late 20s - I was taking too many medications - I was too sick to be so young and I decided that this wasn't how I wanted to live my life.
For years leading up to January 2016 - I had been prescribe Ambien (and taking it on a nightly basis) to help me sleep, Ativan for anxiety (there were moments when I was taking that on a daily basis {prescribed to take as needed}), antidepressants (Lexapro, Zoloft, etc. - taking daily) and Vicodin for pain. I was extremely depressed, unhappy, constantly anxious and suffered from insomnia.
So in January of 2016, I started my journey because I wanted to stop taking all of the medications that were obviously not working for me - I was still suffering from anxiety, depression, insomnia, and chronic pain. I decided to stop drinking as much as I had in the past, started a daily exercise routine and start a healthier diet (at the time it wasn't vegan, but definitely more plant focused).
By August, I had seen an improvement in my overall health and after a weekend watching a lecture by @therealgaryyourofsky , @forksoverknives , and @cowspiracy (binged watched them all in one night) and downloading & reading #thechinastudy - it all finally clicked! VEGAN was the only option!
So here I am 1 year later, completely medication free!! I am happier, healthier and stronger for it and 40 lbs lighter! I believe #Plantbased is the best option for true health!
It's hard to put unflattering pictures of yourself on the internet, but it's worth doing because the end goal for me is to hopefully inspire and help others who are tired of being sick and are ready to take their health and their happiness into their own hands and be their own advocate to get better.
Going Vegan was the best decision I have ever made and would never consider going back! I have never felt better, had more energy, and I don't suffer from the debilitating anxiety and depression.

#VEGANVERSARY πŸ’šπŸŒ± I wanted to remind everyone life is possible without eating another life.
In fact, it's easier to live; i'm not in a constant state of being distracted by food.
I know what I eat && I know where it came from.
My fitness journey has included a start, an addicted to cardio phase and the collage with me hooked up to wires is what happened when I was eating meat + not working out.
I legit had to wear a heart rate monitor for a whole month because I had panic attacks (which mimic heart attacks).
BUT!
Shortly after June of 2016 and being depressed about how I let myself go b/c I couldn't workout "I had to take it easy".
I BECAME AWARE.
I questioned what am I not changing ? to keep going backwards.
GOING VEGAN was the best decision of my life.
It's not impossible to be overweight and vegan b/c believe it or not there's 🌱donuts, bagels, french fries, cookies and cinnamon rolls.
However, results come faster & you realize you're better off than the rest of America brainwashed into "Got Milk" & "BEEF, it's what's for dinner".
Fun Fact: HEART DISEASE IS THE #1 KILLER IN AMERICA.
So, if you want to avoid heart disease, T2 diabetes, blood pressure & cholesterol meds.
EAT YOUR MFN VEGETABLES.
&&
WORK THAT ASS OUT.
#Vegan #VegansofIG #VeganCake #VeganJourney #ImNotDone

This month marks 7 years of being a vegan, and I'm still not dead of protein deficiency πŸ˜†

Is revolved downward dog a thing? Getting bendy tonight to celebrate 5 years of living a vegan lifestyle 🍊πŸ₯‘πŸ‡πŸ•‰ #veganversary #vegan #vegansofig #yoga #downdog #downwarddog #yogaeverydamnday #veganyogis #twist #august #summer

Got it tatted so you know it's real! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜πŸŒ± This is my one year Veganversary!πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠβœ¨ it's been a wonderful journey. I decided to take it up a notch recently with a personal decision of going mostly raw. And I'm definitely thanking myself for it.
So many awesome things have come out of being plant based, especially the decision of going raw. My health is near pristine, I'm vital af, my hair and nails grow super strong and fast, my libido is like a 16 year old's, my senses are sharp, my memory is league's better than any other point in my life, my allergies have all but disappeared, I feel fantastic and light the majority of the time, oh yes and I haven't been sick once this entire year, which is unheard of for me (usually it would've been at least a cold every few months).. just to name a few changes! And of course those precious ANIMALS have their lives. (Going to an animal sanctuary in DC later this month if anyone wants to join)

Fair warning, I'm using my platform in this life for advocacy. #Vegan for life... or at least til eating isn't necessary anymore 🀣

And yes, I crushed that whole stock of romaine just now.

#PlantBased #Veganism #Healthy #Vegetarian #VegansofInstagram #VeganFit #Veganversary #Tattoo #InkedMen #BlackRoseTattoo #ThanksMike #Universal #AnimalRights #Advocacy #Balance #GoodKarma #LifeChoices #Raw #RawVegan

Exactly one year ago, I decided to make a huge lifestyle change and go vegan. It all started with a 3 day challenge, and when that was easy, I upped it to a week. After a week, why not continue? While it has been a year of learning, with occasional cheating (and regretting it), I am so happy that I made this decision for my health. I have honestly never felt better, nor had as much energy as I do now! #vegan #veganaf #oneyear #veganversary #oneyearvegan #savetheanimals #healthjourney #poweredbyplants

LOL happy 6 year vegan-versary to me!!! πŸ™†πŸΌπŸŒ± One of the best decisions I've ever made -- total expansion in body, mind and most importantly, spirit βœ¨πŸ™πŸΌβœ¨#govegan #vegan #veganforthewin #plantbased #plantbaseddiet #compassionate #consciousliving #ascension #crownchakraopen #alive #awake #aware #eatforlife #veganversary #bodymindspirit #yes #gratitude #abundance #health

Four month #veganversary #blackbeanveggieburger #toast #sandwich #avocadospread #veganaf πŸ˜ŽπŸŽ‰πŸ’«πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠβœ¨

Today is my 2 year veganversary! The hubby and I ate @donnajeansd yesterday to celebrate! :) we had the best vegan mac and cheeze ever!!

😭✨ still learning everyday #veganversary #twoYears learning/ healing everyday πŸŽ‰

Today is my 6 month vegan anniversary! I am so proud of myself for making that change 6 months ago. Celebrating with this delicious vegan donut from @gurudonuts πŸ©πŸŽ‚

I just realized that yesterday was my 4 year vegan-anniversary. I first became vegetarian when I was 15 and watched PETAs Meet Your Meat. I still remember Alec Baldwin's voice saying "what you are about to see is beyond your worst nightmares". He was absolutely right. I was vegan on and off for years, never able to commit fully, thinking that it was enough to just not eat meat. Then I moved to the Bay Area and met a boatload of amazing activists, athletes, and compassionate people who inspired/guilted me into committing to veganism. I can't believe it's been 4 years since I made the best decision of my life. My only regret is that I didn't do it sooner. #vegan #fortheanimals #fortheplanet #forthepeople #veganversary #peta #meetyourmeat #animalrights #animalliberation #THLBA #teamhumane #bayarea

I've been dabbling in Vegan meals lately due to the fact that my hubby and I watched #whatthehealth 😬 If you ever saw this doc, it literally was the only thing that made me consider being a Vegan. It was so so hard going out and avoiding all animals products. So I decided to do Vegan at home and Vegetarian out for dinner. Anyways I feel amazing and August 8 will be our 1 month #veganversary (minus 3 vegetarian meals out 😭). Ya I know so it doesn't count haha. Anyways I had to totally change the way I looked at food and was shocked at the amount of animal products that are in our food 😳 It has been a challenge ... But I never ever thought I'd feel so amazing! By no means am I trying to convert anyone! I'm so new at this but figure I'd share πŸ‘πŸ» Tonight I feel like a big healthy meal, zucchini fries with a falafel lettuce sandwich ... Yum!!! #healthyfood #veganmeal #feelingood

Celebrating my beautiful wife's #veganversary tonight! 1 year of being vegan and I am so proud of her! She has inspired myself and so many other people along the way! #blessed to be her husband! Potato and black bean tacos it is! #vegan #dairyfree #meatless #poweredbyplants

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