Defining Moments


One day not long ago, I sat down and watched the film “Forks Over Knives” and it changed everything for me! Due to a close friends battle with metastatic breast cancer, I had watched “Crazy Sexy Cancer”, read “Skinny Bitch” by Rory Freedman & Kim Barnouin, while “Veganist” by Kathy Freston had been waiting in my bathroom for me to read. I had known about F.O.K. for about six months and it had been sitting patiently in my Queue on Netflix. After watching the film, I thought “This is IT!” …trying hard not to blame myself for not  having watched it sooner!

I wish that I had known about this information years ago…I can’t help but wonder if perhaps my friend would still be alive today! I believe that this film could have made a difference, not only in her life but in anyones life who is fighting cancer, heart disease or diabetes.

In the past six months, three people close to me have moved to heaven! My Dad passed away in September from a heart attack. Growing up, my Dad had been a vegetarian for 12 years until he married his new wife, but from our many conversations, my Dad knew that a plant-based diet was the way to go! Now, I truly believe that he’s sitting up there in heaven saying, “Nina, I want you to write this down! It’s important that people know the truth! It’s important that YOU make this change!”

My next move was to read “Veganist” by Kathy Freston. Well, I cheated a little and borrowed the audio version from the library (even though I own the book). Let me tell you, if F.O.K. didn’t nail me….this book certainly did! I highly recommend it!

Going plant-based vegan, as a world traveler and adventurer, is like visiting a new country and falling in love! Perhaps you have had this experience? You never want to leave and you hope the vacation never ends! Trust me, after what I know now…I’m Staying! It is my hope to inspire you to make some healthier changes! …And perhaps, like me, you will also walk away saying, “WOW! I wish I had known about this and made this switch years ago!”

About urbanveganchic

I'm an urban chic woman, who is passionate about educating others about the benefits of a whole foods, plant-based vegan diet, cancer prevention & survival, as well as art & life. I love adventures and travel. As an artist and a teacher, I care deeply about healthy living, being a conscious steward of our planet, and being kind & respectful towards animals. Learning about a vegan plant-based diet has been like discovering a new country and falling in love with it, so if I sound like I'm enamored you now know why! As a world traveler, I truly wish I had discovered this beautiful new country twenty years ago! Better late than never, as they say, cause there's no going back now! Born and raised in Scandinavia. Proud owner of a tripod cat & a foxy little pup. Speak four languages...some better than others. Working on the fifth one. We are all either part of the problem or the solution! Health & Happiness to you! ~UrbanVeganChic

4 responses »

  1. Hey, thanks for visiting my site, I like yours, looking forward to seeing more! 🙂

    Sorry to hear about your losses in the last few months.

    I haven’t seen FOK yet, I need to download it. I definitely wish I’d known about veganism earlier, I can’t imagine living any other way now!

    • Hey Jen,

      You’re welcome! I really enjoyed reading your post! Looking forward to reading more of yours too! I think you’ll really enjoy FOK! Now I tell everyone that I run into about the film…or ask them if they have seen it! Frankly, I should be earning a percentage. I’ve got to be one of their biggest advocates! I even ordered two FOK shirts that arrived last week, that I’m going to start wearing out once the weather warms up! Plus I’ve started designing my own brand of vegan t-shirts! 🙂 Happy VEGAN living!!!

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