whole·ness ˈ
hōlnəs/
noun

  1. the state of forming a complete and harmonious whole; unity.
  2. the state of being unbroken or undamaged.

     WHOLE
    adjective

    1. comprising the full quantity, amount, extent, number, etc., without diminution or exception; entire, full, or total:
      ex: He ate the whole pie. They ran the whole distance.
    1. containing all the elements properly belonging; complete:
      ex: We have a whole set of antique china.
    1. undivided; in one piece:
      ex: to swallow a thing whole.


In lieu of “What the Health” being released on the 9th month anniversary of being plant based, I suppose now is as good a time as ever to come clean as to why I decided to completely change our lives. It’s taken me what seems forever to find the answers and the courage to share this with you all. It’s only fitting that now might be the best a time, if ever, to keep ya’ll in the loop of everything that’s gone down since the last post almost a year ago. Everyone’s first question to me after they give a “are you crazy” facial expression is… WHY? Let’s get right in to it.

My transition started as follows:

Cleaning products to essential oils –à nontoxic deodorant, toothpaste, soap –> Plastic to stainless steel in all my household items —–> changed our filters in the bath & shower —> removed sugar from diet –> removed preservatives from my diet –>

SUPER PLANT POWERED!!!!! (haha)

In February of 2016, I decided to take control of my weight. Most of you all know how major that was for me. My body was rejecting just about EVERYTHING. The sight of chicken would literally send me running for the bathroom. I still continued. In October of 2016, my son developed a facial tick. Not many people know as it was very private to me at the time, but I was suffering to find the cause. I read that it was usually diet related but it could also be toxins in the home. My journey first started with throwing away ALL the toxic household items in my house. I literally threw out every single item in my cleaning supply closet. It was a nightmare. But if you know me – you know I do not play when it comes to K. Simultaneously, I was determined to start removing allergens from our diet to figure out what the culprit was. During this time, I was constantly praying. Praying to be shown the truth. Praying to figure out what was going on with my baby. Praying to figure out what was going on with my body. It was such a trying season, my goodness.

I threw everything away that was prepackaged. I started making sauces and foods from scratch. I cut out sugar. I no longer purchased anything with a long shelf life anything with preservatives was not allowed into my home. At this point I was a vegetarian. But I was still feeding and allowing K to eat poultry. I was still eating pizza too. I could never give that up, RIGHT? During this time I was also researching the origin of the foods that we eat. Where do they come from? How did the current state of America’s factory farming come to be? Were chickens always so top heavy? What are the effects of milk specifically towards males?

On my 2017 goal list, I had listed “vegan before 30” as one of my goals for this year. When I first transitioned, my body was in detox mode for at least 4-6 weeks. I was irritable. Moody. Crying all the time. Hating the universe. I was not only putting myself through this, but learning how to make vegan meals for Kingston and myself. It was literally probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I remember my body was craving cheese almost like I was addicted to a drug. That night was so significant for me. I was frustrated from lack of meal ideas, my body was craving cheese and I dropped to my knees and started crying because I just could not understand why I felt this crazy over food. Literally. CRAZY. I then googled “why am I so addicted to cheese” (true story) and found out that the hormones in the milk have an opioid affect. That was the confirmation I needed. And guess what? After I wiped my tears and went to bed – I woke up the next day and never craved cheese again. If that isn’t proof of the Holy Spirit, I don’t know what is. After I conquered this stronghold, things started looking up. I started falling in love with cooking and making things from scratch. I started experimenting and became a chemist in the kitchen – on a quest to find (or invent!) a plant based version to ALL the foods my little guy was obsessed with. (alas, our vegan mac and cheese was a huge hit!) I started to watch how my body transformed. How Kingston’s body transformed! How his behavior improved.

In the next few weeks I’ll be going through what I use as far as groceries, household items, pantry items, cleaning supplies, hygienic items, etc. I’ll be including recipes and swaps, etc. I’ll also go into the truth about converting a then, four year old, to a plant based lifestyle. It was NOT easy, ya’ll. But my purpose here is to show you it’s totally possible. I’ve seen so much positive benefits, such as mood changes, skin clearing up, lady parts all pure, and so much more. Anything worth having never comes easy. (Fun Fact: I’ve had that quote in my email signature since I was 16!) In any case, the next few weeks will be fun, I promise! Subscribe and join the ride!

 

9 comments on “Path to Whole”

  1. I absolutely love this truth!!! When it boils down to honesty transparency i can feel it come thru in this blog. I am soo proud of your journey this far… And you encourage me to be bold and brave in my areas where i am weak..To watch YHWH work on you and your life is amazing and sucha powerful testimony.. Thank you for sharing and yes i would like to subscribe so i can take your changes and do the same.. You know its hard for me. But in this season of my life i hear YHWH calling me to stand up for my little family in everywayand make changes in everything. STARTING WITH ME. So little by little i am READY.. Thank you for sharing sis.. Love you and K tho the moon and back..

  2. Low key I am obsessed with this blog post ! I have been obsessing how to start my family of meat eaters to be vegan ! So I will be all up on this blog as a stencil !

  3. You are amazing boo, super proud of your dedication!!! You are an inspiration to many!! Love u girl xoxo
    PS- Glad you posted it 😘

  4. Wow…you never cease to amaze me as a Mom foremost but as a woman and child if God you are a true inspiration keep up the great work it shows how faithful you truly are God bless❤❤❤❤

  5. Wow…you never cease to amaze me as a Mom foremost but as a woman and child of God you are a true inspiration keep up the great work it shows how faithful you truly are God bless❤❤❤❤

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