I feel like putting a label on the way you eat creates restrictions. It’s why I don’t like diet plans. It’s probably why I rebelled against any that I ever even considered. However now that I don’t eat eggs or any dairy and I happen to truly LOVE vegetables so they are a mainstay at every meal, I can see I’m creating some confusion.
Take our trip to the Keys this weekend…after a long day laying by the pool, reading a book and well doing nothing, the only thing I truly wanted was a bunch of vegetables for dinner. To my delight and the complete confusion of the waitress she brought me a double side order of roasted veggies!
Since many of my own meals at home are 80% vegetable based I didn’t really think much about this! Below is the start of a normal lunch for me: broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, spaghetti squash…usually topped with hummus!I’ve also taken a few friends now to eat at Choices Café, a local Vegan restaurant, and started recreating their meals at home because I love the creativity of a beet and walnut patty with quinoa, avocado, mango and black beans!
Even when I did the 30 Day Vegan Challenge I found that while I could make myself stick to it, I was suddenly off buying Vegan Muffins or other things that I would normally NEVER eat simply because I didn’t like saying “no” all the time.
Great I’m not Vegan, so what am I?
- I believe in finding the right way of eating that works for YOUR body.
- I believe that the more fruits and vegetables we can enjoy each day the more nutrients we are getting.
- I believe that when choosing a packaged food we should look for things that don’t contain chemicals or weird additives.
All of this is why I am a now officially a Vega Blogger Ambassador. It’s more than being excited about working with them…I’m actually very PROUD to have the opportunity. This was a product I purchased before ever working with the brand or even finding out I needed to be dairy free. I believe in the quality and I believe in the people behind the product who truly want it to work for people.
What does this mean for my readers? Not much actually. I will continue to talk about Vega as part of my training and healthy living journey, just as I have been doing. I will have samples to hand out at events occasionally. I’ll continue to make them one of the amazing prizes in my challenges. I will continue to share great programs like Thrive Forward because I believe in the message.
So nope, I am not being paid to provide any opinions they remain firmly my own. I think there is a lot of confusion about being an ambassador or a sponsored blogger and I wanted to help clarify. Just as when I was with Oakley if I didn’t care for something I told them and you…with Vega I’ve told them their original Optimizer formula made me gag. Luckily the new Vega One and Sport Formulas rock my socks off.
Honest to a fault.
So no I’m not Vegan, every week I have some fish or chicken and every few months I have some red meat. This is because I have found it to work best for my body at this time. But based on my desire to have meals full of veggies I do use plant based products like Vega to supplement my training and our traveling lifestyle.
Do you put a label on the way you eat?
I am beyond grateful for our trip to the Florida Keys this weekend thanks to the Jeff Probst show. It was nothing but complete and utter relaxation, quiet and freedom to do as we pleased.