I'm moving into my parent's house. I'm overweight, 2 months pregnant, and just all-around unhealthy. I have an excuse though. My left knee is messed up, and I'm waiting for it to get fixed so I can walk and exercise. My daughter is 16 months, anemic, and refuses to take the iron supplements her doctor has prescribed. She's too thin because she doesn't like to eat a lot of the stuff I do. My dad has been developing frozen pops that are designed to be super-healthy, are totally vegan and organic and are supposed to taste delicious. I have had them once or twice before, but was never really that into them.
So here I am...... No, wait. There I WAS. I have now lived with my parents for a year. When I moved in I was one of those people who was in love with meat, cheese, eggs, fast food, chocolate, and soda. Pretty much if it was bad for you, I looooooved it. In-N-Out was on my top food groups list, and I never wanted to try a meat substitute like veggie patties. Give me a hamburger and Coke, or give me death!!! But, I digress.
Right after I moved in my dad suggested we try to adopt a raw, vegan diet during the week. I agreed, but quickly found excuses to go out to get my hamburgers and hot dogs. I had the perfect excuse. My daughter refused to nap outside of my car, and I needed to be able to eat while she napped, right? So I would go out, drive her to sleep, and stop at places like Legends Diner, In-N-Out, and so on. I would park in front of the house and read a book and eat while she slept. I ate salads, soups, and all kinds of really healthy stuff at night, but my daytime diet was terrible. I took prenatals to keep up my vitamin levels, and figured I was just fine that way.
As I said, there I was. What changed? Well... I started eating more SuperNatural Pops that my dad was creating and playing with. I started doing research into diet and how it affects us. I watched documentaries like Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, and Food Inc. I compared the juicing diet to something like the SuperNatural Pop diet. Only difference was we used fruits, leafy greens and nuts and seeds all together. I noticed that within 2 months of starting to eat these pops, my daughter's iron levels had risen by 2-3. I actually stopped taking my prenatals, and replaced them with the SNPs as I came to appreciate the taste and nutritional value. My morning sickness disappeared, I was gaining pregnancy weight and losing fat at the same rate, and I felt a lot better. I started eating these pops like crazy. I also started seriously cutting back on my fast food intake, and seriously raising my veggie intake.
It's interesting how eating these pops, and researching them for my dad's business has led me to an almost dairy and meat-free diet. Instead of milk, we drink almond milk (which I recently discovered you can buy organic gallons of at Whole Foods). We eat Dr Praugers (spelling?) veggie burgers, and Wildwood vegan garlic aioli. We for the most part limit meat to one, maybe two days a week. We have next to no cheese in the house, and are working on eliminating what meat is left in the house.
My dad has recently become capable of selling these pops as a very grass-roots company. At the moment, we are only capable of selling locally, but hopefully more and more people express an interest in them and we can start making enough to spread out from LA County. I actually recently became the administrator for the facebook page that we have, and am hoping to introduce it to more and more people. This has been a great learning experience for me and the family, both in learning to create a business and how to live so much healthier.
I would like to shift into pure vegetarian or dietary vegan sometime soon, but until then, limit's the word for us. Limit meat, limit dairy, and snack on SuperNatural Pops during the day. What's funny is my daughter will eat these pops over almost anything else. She's not a big fan of meat, and while she loves cheese, she's perfectly happy with vegan cheese. To her it's all the same. I truly believe she'll end up being our first natural vegetarian or vegan. I think that would be really cool. I also like that my very best friend wants these pops for her daughter, and is interested in learning more about the vegetarian and dietary vegan lifestyles.