By one of the most positive people I have ever met, and my good friend from New Zealand, Charlie!
All aspects of my life from family, friends, education, food, environment, contribute to the cultivation of my life.
I am extremely fortunate to have the most amazing family and friends that support me through everything and help me grow whenever possible and still love me whether I fail or succeed.
On top of these physical attributes that help to cultivate my life.. I have found another channel to help me live and thrive in the life I have been given… It is veganism.
I have been vegan for a year and a half now and can not even began to explain the mental, physical and emotional benefits I have had since transitioning to the vegan lifestyle. My mental clarity has enhanced and I feel so much more awake all of the time and do not get distracted as easily. I am fitter than I have been in a long time. Plus… I can’t remember the last time I was sick. I have also managed to overcome some pretty terrible eating disorders and habits while creating a whole new relationship with food.
Above all though, I would have to say that the most beneficial change for me has been the emotional one. I feel like I am doing good in the world, I am not contributing to any pain or suffering of animals and am not contributing to an industry that is killing humans and ignoring those in need.
Did you know that 29% of the World’s fresh water is used for animal production and 1 in 6 people (1.1billion) go each day without access to fresh drinking water? This is the reason that I feel good about being vegan.
Although I am not a strong activist and don’t proactively do things to try and convert people or spread the message about becoming vegan, I do love the feeling that I am not contributing to negativity. And, in turn, I do not feel guilty and live my life as passionately as possible because I have created an environment in which I can thrive and be passionate and positive.
Now to the fun stuff.. FOOOD! I am an absolute foodie so have made sure that while being vegan I am not eating basic foods. I do however, love simple, wholesome hearty foods and am not about over complicating meals with dozen of ingredients. I have learned to appreciate food in its whole state and not overwhelm them with too much.
So, to all your lovely people out there, I encourage you to try eating a few vegan meals a week, I guarantee you will feel so much better! To get you started, try making my delicious and super Easy Banana Ice Cream! Also known as Nana Ice Cream or Nice Cream. It is the most delicious, creamiest, guilt free desert I have ever come across.
Nice Cream Recipe
- As many frozen bananas as you have or want, 3 is usually a good amount. Peel them and then place into your blender or food processor, and blend! It may take a while but the bananas will turn into what look into dip n dots so just be patient and keep blending. You can stop every so often and stir up and add some maple syrup or almond milk to help the blending process.
- From this you can add all your favorite flavors in! 1 tsp of Cacoa powder for a chocolate nana ice cream, a handful of berries, or maybe a 1/2 tsp cinnamon!
- Then when smooth simply scoop out and top with anything that takes your fancy. Mine is coconut sugar, maple syrup, dates or chocolate sauce. Absolutely delicious!
Recipe Tip: When freezing your bananas, make sure they are ripe. They should be brown and spotty as this means all of the starches have turned into simple sugars making them easy to digest.
Head to @theveganduo on Instagram for some more recipes!
Thank you for sharing Charlie!!