Sweet Things 4 Life
Sharing our journey toward a more natural, simple, healthful lifestyle.
I’m a clean freak. You might not always be able to tell by looking at my house, but I feel best when I know my home is clean, tidy and organized. Piles of clothes, random crap and unused items littering shelf space cause me anxiety. It’s not debilitating, but my life is happier when everything is clean and in its place. Now that you know how important cleanliness is to me, I want you to toss out all your commercial cleaning products. There’s a more natural way that will get your home just as clean, if not more so, and you don’t have to pollute it with chemical sprays and soaps.
One of the easiest ways to convince someone to go vegan is to show them the results. If you talk about all the health benefits, you need to back it up. Although Mike and I have been vegan for over a year and a half we didn't start focusing on losing weight and getting into shape until about a month ago. There was a long transition time where we primarily focused just on eating vegan, not on eating whole, plant foods and we hardly worked out at all. I hope you don't think this is true of all new vegans, part of it was the circumstances. We had just moved into an apartment and couldn't afford gym memberships so exercise wasn't a top priority.
I know this is one of the first things that flashes through people's minds when we start talking about the health benefits of a vegan lifestyle. Well if a vegan diet can help cure heart disease, diabetes and cancer why aren't doctors putting people on a strict vegan regimen? I was skeptical at the beginning too. When I first watched Forks Over Knives I immediately thought, why aren't more doctors recommending this "treatment"? The answer is simple and appalling. Education and money.
I am conducting an experiment and I'm a little surprised it has taken me so long to test this theory. I've heard people say once you go vegan your PMS and cramps will all but disappear. Well, every month when Mother Nature drops by again I instantly grab the Ibuprofen. I just need two pills to last all day and the cramping is gone. So the experiment I am currently conducting is avoiding Ibuprofen. I'm trying to determine whether or not my PMS and cramps are better than before I was vegan.
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.
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.