Hello everyone! My name is Rhea and I am proud mom to 5 boys ages 10-8-6-4 and 3. I am also married to my wonderful hunk for 12 years and have been with him in total of 14 years.
I use to be so unhealthy, smoked a lot, ate McDonalds like 3/4 times a week, etc...
I've been on a healthy living lifestyle change since May 1st, where I gave up smoking, and had decided to become vegetarian. I am a runner, cyclist, and avid fitness freak. Now, here, you aren't really going to find recipes. I am far from someone who can come up with my own culinary ideas, so any recipes I come across would just be reposting what someone has already come up with..But you can expect from me, honesty, no frills and fun! Because that's what I am all about! When I decided to become vegetarian/vegan it wasn't for the animals. But for myself and strictly my health....but since watching this horrid video on (I think it was PETA's website), I am all up for animal rights because seeing what you don't normally see behind closed doors is really sad and terrible. (3 of my kids came in, during the middle of the movie and by the end they were all crying...I think 1 is now a vegetarian since he has been meat free for a day and 1/2 now. Him and I will be having a conversation a little later on his decision about eating meat now so I know what I will have to be feeding him.)
When I first went vegetarian, I had converted the whole house to vegetarian. The kids were not happy and it was difficult because my husband kept mentioning how he was just gonna eat meat when he wasn't home~in front of the kids. So when I confronted him about the health of the kids and what we were putting into their bodies, I was pretty much told that I was forcing people to do what they didn't want to do, and this should have been a decision to do for them from birth...well, you know we all make mistakes, but I believe ANYTIME is still a time to change. So here I am still making them all carnivore dinners while I make my meat-less versions...So I am all by my lonesome in this green world.
This blog is about my final decision to make my way into becoming full vegan. I have been researching, and researching everything I can about making the full transition and I know for me it's going to be a slow process...(see as a child my mom said it would take me an hour to chew 1 bite of meat, and I've not been that much of a meat eater to begin with, so making the transition to vegetarian first, really was not that hard for me to do.)
...LOL!! During my research and recipe shopping, I've come to the conclusion that I'd have much better things to eat if I wasn't so scared of Filo Dough! LOL! I bought it the other day because I really would like to make like a spinach triangle thingie, but the filo dough seems really fragile and hard to work with by reading these recipes..LOL! I know, Chicken! JUST DO IT! I have yet to thaw out the filo dough I bought last week..but assume it's still okay as it hasn't left the freezer. LOL!
My other reason for this slow transition to Vegan is because I am the type who needs her hand held until I get the hang of things, and so eating out seems to be my other topic that I have an issue with. It really doesn't seem like there are many options for vegans, until I got this iphone app called VeganXpress. I absolutely LOVE it! I really think I can work with this app! I also hope there are more ones like this eventually~or that this app adds more places to eat! I feel more confident now going out and ordering something, and not feeling like everytime I turn around I have to eat salad!
I really do have to say that since I've switched to vegetarian, I have noticed that I feel healthier, less groggy and overall just awesome by taking meat out of my diet. I have even noticed it in my running and when I work out. It's really strange. So I'm interested to see how living vegan will affect that also. I am training for a 1/2 marathon in august and I'm hoping to be in full swing of vegan living by then.
Well, I hope that I have peaked your interest so far in my life of becoming Reborn into the Vegan lifestyle. I look forward to writing more and having continued support during my journey. Feel free to ask me questions if you'd like or just comment below! Thanks in advance! xxoo