Feelin’ Clean Inside


Everyone I’ve met since going on a plant-strong vegan diet has their own unique story as to why they decided to go vegan, my friend Brenda is no exception. This is my first of a series of interviews with my plant-based vegan friends.

How long have you been a vegan?

Six years at the end of October. We became vegan just before Thanksgiving.

Why did you decide to go vegan?

It was Brian’s decision. [Brian is Brenda’s husband.] I’m not saying that he made me, but he came home from work one day and said he wanted to go vegan. We had already been vegetarian for a couple of years.

Brian had suffered from gout for a year. The reading he’d been doing suggested a mostly vegetarian diet. He had a co-worker who was vegan, so I thought perhaps she was the reason. I actually had to look up what a vegan was. I didn’t know.

Did you make the switch overnight?

I took about a year to go vegan. It was hard for me to give up cheese on a pizza. It was the only thing I’d have cheese on.

Did Brian’s symptoms improve?

Since going vegan, almost six years now, he’s had no reoccurrence with the gout. It’s mainly caused by the casein in milk & dairy. The articles he was reading didn’t suggest giving up milk or dairy products, but as soon as he did – no more gout!

What are some of the positive changes that you have personally experienced?

Knowing that animals don’t have to suffer or die in order to feed me. That I can get a variety of tasty food and still feel satisfied, while knowing that I have not contributed further to the demise of the planet.

Why would you recommend a vegan diet to someone?

I would recommend a vegan diet for someone who is concerned about their health. Even if they are young and healthy or especially if they love animals – there’s no excuse not to become vegan!

What would you say is the greatest benefit?

The greatest benefit of being on a vegan diet is that I feel “clean”. My skin has not been greasy nor my hair. I have not had to use lotion for my body for six years. The only time is if my skin has been burned from the sun. Our skin is the largest organ in our body, so if we’re taking toxins into our bodies via our food – through animal products, pesticides and GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms) then we are causing dual damage. By that I mean taking it in though our skin, breathing it in, as well as eating it.

If someone is curious about wanting to start out on a vegan diet what would you recommend?

I have a list of staple foods I’d share with someone to help them readily adapt, that they might not be familiar with like Braggs Aminos, Apple Cider Vinegar, Quinoa, Cous Cous, Kale, Chard, etc. Frontier, for example, has a vegan “chicken” broth. And I’d also tell them to get their hands on several vegan cookbooks.

Do you have any favorite?

Any cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz.  I always substitute organic products and produce by any she doesn’t.

Brenda preparing our delicious plant-strong lunch.

Thank you so much, Brenda for a fantastic trip up to the mountain, a tasty amazing lunch and for be willing to share your experience about being on this beautiful plant-based vegan journey! You Rock!!!

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

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