Vegan Lifestyle

Lately, I’ve been looking into the vegan lifestyle to see what it’s all about, why some people do it, what the benefits and drawbacks are, and what the food pyramid consists of. After what I have seen thus far, which is mostly personal accounts from bloggers and vloggers on the internet, I am considering trying this out next week.

Why next week, you ask? Well I’ll be moving to Seattle next week and once I’m there, I will officially be in control of the food that I eat every day. Not that I’m not in control of what I eat now, but while I’m at home, it’s difficult for me to drastically change my lifestyle & such a fundamental thing about myself. So it’s not a big deal for me to wait another week. It also helps that I’m sick and going through some other health problems at the moment. That is another reason to wait to change something like that.

I’m extremely excited and yet strongly apprehensive about doing this…I’m worried I will get too lazy and not eat the right foods – particularly when around other people or when I’m out and about. Also, I’m not 100% convinced this lifestyle is for me. But I am definitely going to try because I am curious and would like to see for myself the benefits/drawbacks of being vegan. Hopefully, there will be some positive changes going on! I will be sure to document as much as I can.

The past week has been spent searching for some good recipe ideas that I can work on. I am definitely planning on consuming a TON of fruit and veggies as my main source of food. But I also want to mix things up a little so it’s not the exact same foods everyday. I ALSO understand this will be an investment, for sure. Particularly because I plan on going to farmer’s markets and such to find these delicious fruits and veggies. I want my food to be organic and delicious!

Anyway, just thought I’d share my tentative plan. Since I will be near a readily available gym when I move to Seattle, I will also be exercising much more frequently. That doesn’t mean intense training sessions, but ideally I’ll be “moving” hopefully 30-60 minutes a day. This plan gets me excited for the big changes that are ahead in my life!

Wish me luck!

Why Parks and Recreation is My ALL Time Favorite

If you have watched this show, you absolutely know what I’m talking about. After binge-watching Seasons 1-6 twice I could not believe I had gone so long without these characters in my life!

Whenever I am in a sour mood or want to take my mind off something (and I have 20 minutes), I turn to Parks and Rec. This show has humor, it comically reveals the truth about human behaviors, and its characters welcome you in with open arms.

I may be taking this show too seriously, but all I know is how much it helped me get through the last 4 months. It’s not the healthiest option as a form of distraction, but sometimes you can’t be picky. Overall, I just seriously recommend you watch it! Some may say to start at season 2 because season 1 isn’t that great (I have mixed feelings about this). But if you’re going to watch it, why not start with season 1??

Here is when you should watch the show:

When you’re in a bad mood because Andy’s ridiculous comments or Ron Swanson’s extreme beliefs will be so absurd that you can’t help but laugh & forget why you were ever upset.

When you have 20 free minutes because why not? If you want to exercise, do some squats, push ups, and lunges while you watch. It’s a great mood booster!

When the world seems too pessimistic because it helps put things into perspective. It honestly helped me to watch Leslie Knope kicking butt at her job and loving it. While it didn’t help solve my problems, it gave me a new angle to view a job situation.

When you want to crack up because it’s impossible not to laugh when Andy puts his mouth over an entire water fountain spout or goes to multiple doctors in a day & gets his “ankles microwaved”.

Also, a little tip – head to Youtube and search for “Parks and Rec bloopers” for some hilarious clips from each season! Now go watch and laugh your butt off!!