Some Deciding Factors on Going Plant Based

Hey everyone 👋🏼

I know it has been a while since I’ve been here. Boy have I missed this! As most of you guys already know, we have been pretty busy with our third pregnancy!

In this post I just want to share with you what *some* of my deciding factors on going plant based during my third trimester of pregnancy were.

I want to start with saying that I have always been very interested in a vegetarian/ plant based/ raw vegan diet.

For starters, drum roll please!!!!! Reason number one, I have been in a whirlwind of mood swings for a while..( like eleven years)… Now, most of us could say that it is because I am pregnant.. I could push the blame on that and continue down this never ending road.. or I can just realize that I have been in and out of depression and anxiety since I was a young teen.. Is it worse when I am pregnant? Yes! Is that the only reason it is bad and continuing? No! As you guys know, I have two sons and with being pregnant and having my boys it is vitally important for me to stay in a positive frame of mind. And to be honest, the last few months, (pretty much my whole second trimester of pregnancy) I have just been down and out. I’ve struggled to keep up with my daily tasks, my patience are low, I’m constantly extremely exhausted, and I am just not pleasant to be around. I find myself continuously feeling edgy, snappy, and just so negative about EVERYTHING! Now, just to be clear this is absolutely nothing new for me. And frankly, I just don’t want to be like this anymore.. I don’t want to be the debby downer, constantly in and out and up and down. So, as a last resort, I’ve decided to change my diet and see what impact it has on my life! Experimental veganism, if you will!

My second reason for going plant based is my epic binge eating! I have been an emotional eater for as long as I can remember. I will binge eat when I feel sad, overwhelmed, happy, mad, or if I want to celebrate.. for any reason, I guess! Then I will go a long time without eating.. or eating very little because I feel guilty for the huge binge I just went on.. Now, when I say binge eating I mean a pound of raw cookie dough in one sitting … a pack of Oreos or a whole box of cereal and a half gallon of whole milk in one sitting.. or I’ll go out and eat five sushi rolls or two cheese burgers and French fries with a milkshake and maybe some of my husbands… I’m talking about waking up at four in the morning and raiding the pantry, and eating until I fall back asleep! I will literally eat myself sick and then I feel terrible for doing it! It is truly a vicious cycle. Now, after doing this since I was a teen I am dealing with the consequences. For a while I have thought that I have irritable bowel syndrome or Crohn’s disease. I have been to the hospital for severe stomach problems a few times over the past year. Honestly it is just my body freaking out when I go on one of these eating rampages (which happens often). By eating a plant based diet it gives me the chance to eat intuitively. To really be conscious of what I am putting into my body. Also, the quality of food I am eating is making a remarkable difference with not only my mood and energy levels, but my digestion as well. Which takes us to my next reason!

Reason three ( tmi, but important) Irregularity! I have NEVER used the bathroom regularly. I have always strained while going number two. My schedule is always extreme, I will go two weeks without going poop or I will go three times in one day for a while. There has never been consistency. I have tried probiotics.. stool softeners.. miralax.. Metamucil.. increasing my fiber intake.. you name it, I have done it! I have been completely plant based for six days and have had not one problem using the bathroom. Talk about sweet relief. I have never in my twenty-four years of life experienced this amount of easiness with using the bathroom!

Reason four, I am desperate. Desperate for some relief. For some sort of hope that my body doesn’t need to feel so depressed and depleted all the time. I have tried so many other things.. but I have not considered altering my diet because it was just “too hard” or I didn’t have the right support! I didn’t know what to cook or what to buy.. I was too lazy to do the research and to learn or make up new recipes. I am the QUEEN of excuses! I was not even considering that maybe all the processed food I was eating was triggering a lot of my daily struggles. And at that point in time (which was about a month ago) I thought to myself ” what the hell, what do I have to lose.. Why procrastinate any longer when I could make the change right now.” And so, that’s what I did. I gradually made the change, And here we are almost through my sixth day completely plant based, which I know doesn’t sound like a huge accomplishment but considering what I was eating it feels like a huge accomplishment!

And reason five, I want to be the best version of myself, For myself! I want to feel good. I want to feel healthy and be healthy. I want to eat intuitively and take care of my body and my mind. I want to fulfill my soul! And I truly believe that this is the first step to all of that. I am beginning a whole new self love journey with my first step being this, eating a fully plant based diet!

Some major differences I have noticed:

• going to the bathroom with ease

• getting out of bed has not been nearly as hard in the mornings as usual. I have been up all week at 7am with some sense of urgency to get stuff done! Prior to this I was going from my bed to my sofa desperate for 10 more minutes of rest… which eventually turned into being the whole day.

• my energy lasts a full day, whereas before I was ready for an afternoon nap around 3pm.. now I am ready to sleep around 9:30/10 pm after a full day of activities with my boys, cleaning & cooking

• I feel more accomplished, which I am learning is VERY important. It is extremely important to feel fulfilled.

Thank you guys for reading & stopping by 🌸 please feel free to ask me any questions in the comment section or on my instagram at @alexandrabrea_

A few of my meals over the last few days!

My coconut red lentil soup

My chia tea smoothie!! Recipe is coming!!
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