Sweet Things 4 Life
Sharing our journey toward a more natural, simple, healthful lifestyle.
Isn’t it true that every night we get this uncontrollable urge to satisfy a sweet tooth? The word dessert seems to be flashing in the background followed by a list of options. Why is that? We are taught that we need to display a sense of will power to control this urge but more times than not we give in to our temptations. We give in by pointing towards our success during the day of avoiding the candy bars, ice cream, pies, etc. “I deserve it,” we tell ourselves. “I’ve been good all day and just a little bit won’t hurt.” But we’re smart. We know that if we indulge in our guilty pleasures once a night, every night, we will start to see the side effects those sweet treats bring. With your mind at war, finding and fighting the excuses becomes overwhelming and the stressful mental torture takes place followed by a feeling of self-pity saying, “WHY!” We know how these things make us feel and yet we cannot control the bodies push for its cravings.
Yep, last night was vegan pizza night! We’d have pizza every night if it didn’t cost so much. Don’t think that you have to give up pizza just because you go vegan! Our favorite pizza to order in is Papa John’s with olives, mushrooms, tomatoes and banana peppers. Now that you can order online it’s so easy to make sure you order it without cheese. Plus, forget about feeling bloated or uncomfortable after eating all that cheese, the veggies of your choice fill you up and the crust is delicious.
It’s no lie that anyone and everyone can’t stop thinking about their next meal. We sit around all day waiting for the clock to strike noon or 5:00 so we can say, “Time to eat.” But why? Why put ourselves through all the turmoil of being hungry for hours on end, why can’t we eat more per sitting or just continue to snack all day without consequence. Oh, that’s right, because we want our appearance to be attractive to others, and we don’t dare eat too much for fear of the expected bloating, fatigue and discomfort.
In my junior year of college I took a Social Justice class. Although we discussed many issues throughout the semester, the one that had the biggest impact on my life was the food unit. It’s amazing to think that a junior in college had never been confronted with the reality of where her food came from. Everyone instantly thinks about the poor treatment and slaughter of animals. Yes, watching videos documenting the horrors of factory farms and the slaughter of innocent animals was difficult. But there were so many other truths I was forced to accept that made it difficult to continue eating meat.
For 23 years, we ate the flesh of other animals. It wasn't just the flesh, it was milk and eggs, too. It didn't seem strange or unhealthy or unnatural. In fact, eating this way was normal and healthful, both our families grew up eating meat. Our entire childhood we were taught you need protein, or meat, to grow big and strong and you need calcium, in dairy, for strong bones.
Katie & Mike
We want to share our journey toward living a simpler, more natural and healthy lifestyle with you. As we navigate through an increasingly complex and tech-driven life, we'll share our goals, triumphs and struggles as we attempt to return to a simpler way of living.