What we feed ourselves is Body Love

Body Love is far deeper than what we look like. Body Love is how we nourish our bodies inside and out.


I have been Vegan for 5 years now.

Quite frankly the longest commitment I have made in my life (outside of school).

For me, that's a big ass deal! 5 years of straight commitment.


When I decided to go Vegan I had no doubts or fears about it.

So I said "If I can go Vegan on my favorite holiday of the year, Indigenous day (Thanksgiving) with all my favorite foods in one place...I can do it any day, always."


When our spirits are connected with something our hearts know no fear, it is our minds who plays tricks on us.

So when I moved home from Thailand in 2016 I went "cold turkey" Vegan on Indigenous Day.

And trust it was as simple as that for me.

Was the Mac n Cheese smelling good?? Uh hell yeah!

Was the yams calling my name? You better believe it.


But not once did I doubt or reconsider my decision. Because it was in my heart.

And I've been on that journey ever since.


A lot of folks are wanting a more conscious healthy lifestyle and diet.

And trust me, you're making it way harder than it needs to be!


Our minds are good at finding 10 negative things that oppose a single positive thought, we are conditioned with doubt and fear of greatness.

But let me tell you, if I can do it being raised in a Puerto Rican household where meat is a staple, summers we went to "Lechons" (Pig Roasts) as a cultural tradition, and eating meat and starch was more affordable on food stamps, then SO CAN YOU!


I am no better no more equipped than you, but I will tell you I am determined. And that my friend no blog post can give you, that comes from within you.

You have to truly want it in your heart or else there's no point wasting time talking about it.


So, as a lot of you may have noticed during this season of "Dating Myself", I have been learning to really cook. Not play play "oh that's cute she can make pasta." Like full on recipes that make me feel inspired, healthy, and taste good!


How is cooking Body Love?

Cooking with natural and wholesome ingredients is a form of intentionality. Plants, fruits, and vegetables give us the long lasting energy, and health we need!

They want fast food to continue to be convenient and cheap.

Because when we eat fast food it creates unhealthy habits.


We all know the system feeds off of our unhealthy habits, without it we couldn't employ doctors, there would be no need for pharmaceuticals, and funeral services (not to be dark) but these billion dollar industries thrive off of our unhealthy lifestyles that eventually lead to early death.

PERIOD


I know ya'll came here for truth.

I'm not going to suga coat it, neva.


When we make conscious healthy decisions about what we put into our bodies, that's a form of unconditional love. We are telling our bodies we are worthy of healthy long lasting life!


Our bodies store memories.


The more we nourish our bodies the more we grow to accept our bodies for the natural beauties they are. We begin to release the need to compare our bodies and negative talk around body image.

We notice changes it in our skin, hair, physic, and energy.


If that's not worth committing to, then what is??


How can you implement more health conscious eating into your Body Love journey?

Start with simple meals with natural and fresh ingredients.


*Rule of thumb, if it's not fresh then READ the labels. I try not to eat anything with more than 5 ingredients. And if any of the ingredients I cannot read or do not know what it is, I put that Mofo back!

Simple as that.


You may be thinking, "it's more expensive to eat vegan." That is not entirely true.

It's more expensive to eat meat and dairy substitutes (beyond meat, vegan cheese, etc.) but it is inexpensive to eat fresh produce. Because it is fresh you have to eat it quicker. For you that may seem like a deal breaker...but common

What do you know in your life that is truly better just because it is convenient?

I'll wait...

It's convenient, not better.


You deserve the best, not the quickest most convenient.

I don't know about you but I don't want to live a quick and convenient life, I want to live a whole, long, and amazing life.


You feel me?


How can you start today?


1. Find inspiration from people in life or social media life. There are tons of FREE resources.

*I save IG reels that look good on my phone. And go back to them when it's time to plan meals.


2. Plan ahead

Make a list ahead of time of ingredients you will need to make these recipes. Think about which stores you can get these products from. Categorize your list by aisles I.e Produce, Fruit, Seasonings/Spices

This helps you get in the store and use your time efficiently. They don't have the product you need ask someone in store for a good substitute.

*Shit if you really bout it and you know it's a rare product research an alternative ahead of time. Less you need to reply on folks in store. I don't like to spend all damn day in the grocery store I am sure you don't either.


3. Stick to the plan

Often times when learning something new it is crucial we develop a routine.

Without a routine and practice it is difficult to freestyle.


Jimmy Hendricks didn't start freestyle LIVE before he had HOURS of practice of chords, progressions, and drills.

So it's the same concept.


Crawl before you walk.


Stick to the plan, make the recipes you set out to try. Commit.


4. Try again

Not everything we do the first time will be EPIC.

The same goes for cooking plant based. If the recipe comes out not so yummy or even great, MAKE IT again and again, until you can teach someone else to make it.

Before you know it, you'll have a whole recipe book of plant based meals in your arsenal!


5. Be kind to yourself in the process

Trying new things and making lifestyle changes is about practice not perfection.

Have compassion, celebrate the wins however small. And enjoy the experience of practicing Body Love!



What are some simple Meals to get ya started?


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