Hey, I’m Erika.

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This page was not made to shame you or guilt you into being a vegan. You are a human being with the mental capacity to make your own diet choices (I hope). MY goal is to inform and inspire you with the transformative power of natural food while also providing an honest and humble insight into what reality is really like when you try to make a lifestyle change. I am going to be completely upfront and honest, eating vegan is HARD to stay on top of when you’re first transitioning into making such a big change. I try my hardest to eat the cleanest foods possible but I do not set restrictions on myself. So I don’t want anyone to think I don’t eat what I want because I do. You should too. The point in all this is that you should WANT to eat as clean as possible and I’ll try my best to inspire you.

Now again for the people in the back, I’m not trying to turn you vegan! Just trying to equip you with the tools you need to improve your life.

Now before I get any further, let me tell you a little bit about myself.

My favorite foods:

  • pizza
  • chocolate
  • bagels
  • grilled cheese and tomato soup
  • fresh italian bread
  • bagels
  • more bagels

I bought a juicer off of amazon in late 2015 because I watched a documentary on Netflix called “Fat Sick and Nearly Dead” that outlined many benefits of plant-based diets that appealed to me. I was interested in clearing up my skin since I occasionally have acne flare-ups and I wanted to shed some water weight so I gave it a shot. I didn’t go on a completely liquid diet or anything crazy; all I did was make one or two juices per day while making good decisions about the solid foods I ate and the results that I obtained after only one week were kind of shocking. Not only was my skin glowing and my bloated belly fading away, but I felt an emotional and mental difference too. My mind wasn’t as foggy and the depression and anxiety that I’d been dealing with for all of my adolescence suddenly didn’t seem so taxing. I truly believe in the power of plant-based foods. There are so many benefits that it should be a no-brainer. But.. if this kind of lifestyle is so transformative, why aren’t more people on board?

I’ve heard every excuse under the sun for not eating vegan food. I get it. There are a lot of stigmas about vegans that aren’t very flattering and I’m sure you’ve experienced it first hand. No one likes people all up in their face pressuring them to change their lifestyle. This website is a safe haven for you. Go on, learn and explore, my child.

I am not going to lie to you and say I never have a cheat meal ever. I, like you, am a human being and I make mist….you know what. Cheat meals are not mistakes. Eating what you want is not a mistake. The real mistake most people make is being fooled by mainstream media and commercials into thinking that the processed foods that are labelled “low fat” and “sugar free” are actually healthy options.

According to the most recent data, adult obesity rates now exceed 35 percent in five states, 30 percent in 25 states, and 25 percent in 46 states.   – Thestateofobesity.org

The quote above was taken directly from their website. Their latest data is as recent as August of 2017. My home state of Delaware is #23 on the list of fattest states and it’s listed at 30.7% obese. That’s nearly one in every THREE people. That means almost one in every three people is unhealthy and is likely to lead a shorter life than their parents just by the substances they choose to ingest daily. These “foods” that we put into our bodies, to nourish and keep us happy and healthy, are not foods at all. They are food-like but they are not food.

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Now as I said at the beginning of this post, shaming you or scaring you into being a *vegan* is not the goal. If you are a person that is suffering from obesity, diabetes, organ failure, joint paint, high blood pressure, some cancers, heart disease, etc., I want to help you. I want to inspire you.

If you AREN’T one in three Americans currently obese, you are not exempt.

Have you ever heard the term “skinny-fat”? Are you the type of person who can eat whatever they want without consequence? Yes? Then you may be just as much at risk or developing some of the conditions listed above. Vegan diets/ juicing fruits and vegetables have been shown in many studies across the country to treat and even completely CURE cancer and other health conditions.

The National Institute of Health has posted many case studies and even plant-based diet updates for physicians that are actively treating adults in the US for conditions that we just went over.

I invite you to do more research, don’t just take my word for it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Resources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3662288/

 

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