We anticipate that many people will want to know what our diet actually consists of and that is why we have created this lifestyle page. As this is a relatively new way of life for us, we have realized that this is an ongoing process as we learn how to sustain a strict vegan lifestyle. Please know that we are still learning about the preparation of raw and cooked vegetables and how to integrate them into our lives. The list below describes an average day for Ryan, we have had to modify a bit for the kids as this is completely new for them. I know that we will slowly lean more toward vegan-ism as a family, but that we may need to supplement with non-vegan foods for the health and well-being of our children.
The very first thing Ryan does after he gets ready for the day is drink two large glasses of lemon or lime water (1+ liter). The first thing I do after waking up is start juicing. It’s kind of like our new coffee habit, but instead of dehydrating the body and filling it with caffeine, we are hydrating and filling our body with a solid dose of vegetables. Our kids have joined in as well, but their “vegetable” juice is mostly apple with a bit of celery and cucumber, just to get them used to drinking something that is green (I hope to add more greenery to morning juice as time progresses).
fresh cold pressed vegetable juice
Handful of nuts
Lunch (1 of following):
Salad w/protein (beans/lentils/nuts/seeds)
Evolution – Salad or simmer
Afternoon Snack (2 of the following):
Piece of fruit
Veggie sticks dipped in hummus or wholly guacamole
Dinner (some combination of items below):
fresh cold pressed vegetable juice
Vegi Burger (Hilary’s eat well)
Fish (once a month)
other important aspects of our daily lives
Getting enough water and the right kind of water, probably had the most immediate impact on helping me feel better. Most of the books I have read heavily touted the importance of hydration and my experiences have made me a believer. Getting clean, filtered, alkaline water has helped me immensely!
– managing stress
Another important part of my lifestyle has been managing stress. Anxiety and depression became prevalent in my life when my body stopped being healthy. I truly feel that doing something in your life to manage your stress is essential. Keeping yourself positive each day and moving in a direction you feel good about long term are key pieces to this. I have had a lot of success using meditation to help me in this arena. I highly recommend the book, “The Healing Code” by Alexander Loyd, as it has helped me a great deal with meditation.
I’m not going to try to come across as an expert on anything here. What I have been doing is mostly with the guidance of my ND, which I highly recommend finding someone to help find the right recipe for you. I would at least consider taking an Omega-3 and a B-12 supplement.
A huge benefit to me was finding the right acupuncturist. I feel very fortunate to have found Dr. Jianjun Wang at http://www.allspringacupuncture.com/. She has been able to manage my internal organ inflammation as well as remove a large amount of toxins from my body during my healing process. She does this through a therapy called “cupping“. Please read her site and learn about it. I wasn’t sure what to expect the first time I went to see her, but the results were immediate and significant. She is one of the most amazing people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting.