Being vegan is an art. I was born a true Dominicana who absolutely loved all things fried: mofongo, mangu with butter, chivo guisao, salchichón anyone? In my early twenties, I chased my dreams from Santo Domingo to London to New York City. Never, though, did I dream that I would become a vegan. But after an emergency, exploratory surgery resulted in the loss of my left ovary at the age of 23, I began a journey that brought my body back to a stabile place by way of raw foods and a vegan diet. When my doctors recommended heavy pills and medications for my recovery – something I didn’t feel comfortable with -- I decided to research the connection between food and the body. It was then that I chose to become a vegan.
Moving past labeling myself as a vegan or raw vegan, changing my diet offered a heightened awareness about what I ate, an education about how to eat seasonally, and discovery about which foods are better digested than others. Naturally, I had questions about how to become a vegan – ‘What do vegans eat?’ was a big one – but once these questions were answered (and quite easily, I might add), my newly acquired vegan diet drastically changed the way I thought and felt. No, giving up butter, milk, and oil is not as scary as you think - and if i can do it, anyone can!
Going vegan is about incorporating ingredients you’ve never used or heard of into your diet to enhance your health. Who knew that lemons are not citric but rather alkalizing and help stabilize your pH? I sure didn't. My health scare made me rethink how I was living and accept the signs my body was sending. It showed me how clean eating and raw foods can be glorious just as they are found in nature.
Initially, my vegan diet was fairly limited; I ate only fruits, vegetables, and nuts. But when I moved back to New York in 2013, I discovered a whole different world filled with incredible creations that can help you keep a beautiful, simple, and clean diet. If you've ever wondering about pursuing a vegan diet, I'm here to help.
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