I have been having health issues for some time now. I have come to that point in my life where I need to be more vigilant about what I eat and drink. I am at a high risk for diabetes and other major issues related to diet. So I am hoping to reverse my current issues, like my limbs going numb, my vision blurring, and my fatigue. I did extensive research on raw veganism about four years ago when I first started eating that way. That diet didn't last long for me because I wasn't getting the proper nutrition. I was basing my eating habits on caloric intake. This time, I know exactly what I need to eat and how much to get at least 94% of my nutritional needs. Still, it's rather costly to do so.
Instead, I have decided to become vegan without the pressure of eating super clean or being any more particular than avoiding meat and dairy. Otherwise, I know I'll get obsessed with keeping track of what I eat and end up being overwhelmed. I am very picky about some things though. I insist on organic produce and grains where possible. I have simply become so used to eating organic that I notice the distinct difference in non-organic foods. I don't care too much for the health benefits, but the taste. I have to be able to enjoy my food. I make a lot of smoothies, so organic ingredients go a very long way. Organic isn't cheap, but it is so worth it. It makes such a big difference in soups as well. Basically anything with minimal processing, like salads.
I'm already an Amazon Prime member, so I decided to try Amazon Fresh for grocery deliveries. I'm glad I did because now I can buy specialty items for much cheaper than going to Whole Foods. Like acai powder and goji berries. Another service I'm trying is Milk and Eggs, which only services my local area. I like that they deliver free without a membership fee as long as your order is $35 or over. It's the best deal I have found, but unfortunately, it has limited product availability and delivery times. I may be trying the Thrive service soon when I run out of all the food I have already ordered from these two services. Shopping online for groceries is honestly making my transition to Vegan easier.
Right now I'm keeping my meals simple with cereal in the mornings, rice and chili or veggies for lunch, and a smoothie bowl for dinner. I usually snack on fruit and drink water or green juice throughout the day. I'm experiencing withdrawals after eating so much junk. I have headaches and feel pretty fatigued. I'm taking some awesome (and safe) cleanse pills that are helping me recover my energy. I don't feel as weighed down and bloated as I did when I first started transitioning my diet. I'll eventually implement a way to get all of my nutrition from my diet without any supplements, but for now, this is what I'm comfortable with.