After working for over 10 years in the plant based industry and helping thousands of people take control of their life through changing how they eat, here’s what I know for sure:
1. Transitioning away from animal based foods and processed foods and focusing the diet around whole plant foods allows the body to bring itself back into balance. And the changes that people go through when this happens always extend far beyond what they had originally hoped and aimed for.
2. There is no magic bullet or secret sauce to get these results, and anyone can do it. All you have to do is stop eating animal based foods and processed foods and start eating whole plant foods on a consistent basis.
These two things can be as daunting as they are simple. Here are the most common reasons for that:
1. People go into this thinking it’s all about food. This is not all about food. This is about healing your relationship with food and learning how to trust your body.
You’ve had a relationship with food since the time you could eat. The only relationship that spans longer than that is your relationship with your parents. It’s safe to say there are some cobwebs that need cleaning out. And that can be scary, uncomfortable shit.
2. People are physically addicted to food. Foods that are high in salt, sugar and fat (vegan or not), overstimulate the pleasure center of the brain and we become physically addicted to these foods. Hello potato chip crack pipe.
Cravings for these foods can be so strong that they win out to good intentions each and every time. It’s not that you lack willpower. It’s that the more of these foods you eat, the more your brain becomes wired to need them, not unlike someone addicted to alcohol needs booze. Breaking free of addiction is no easy feat – regardless of the substance.
3. We fear change even when we know it’s good for us. This is because we’re creatures of habit, and consistency is a survival mechanism. Fear of success is usually rooted in there too. If you succeed at this, who will you be? How will it make other people in your life feel? Does it mean that you have to eat kale instead of cheese for the rest of your fucking life???
There are a lot of unknowns that come with change, and fear is a powerful mechanism that can stop you in your tracks from even trying.
4. It’s hard to do this on your own, without support. Most people who jump on the plant based wagon are doing it solo. Their spouses and partners aren’t into it; their kids think it’s weird; their friends have a thousand questions (mainly about protein), and co-workers can be straight up mean. It can be a lonely place, especially when a lot of vegan scenes are full of judgmental ass hats.
5. People eat the wrong foods when they make the switch. Most people who make the vegan switch, innocently and mistakenly think that if something is vegan, it’s automatically healthy. And then they feel like crap (and sometimes even gain weight) and think that eating a vegan diet was a terrible plan. This usually leads to returning to how they used to eat.
I’ve observed these patterns for over a decade and how they stump really smart people who really want to get healthy. What lights me up most in life is taking what I know, and helping people work through these obstacles and arrive on the other side, enlightened, inspired, and excited about their life.
I designed our Dirty Girl Membership specifically to help you get through these obstacles so you can look back at them and say, “yeah – that used to be me. Holy shit – I did it.”
5 Minute Instant Pot Cheesy Sauce (Stovetop version if you don’t have an Instant Pot)
- Place all of the ingredients into your Instant Pot and lock the lid into place, making sure the nozzle is in the sealing position. Use the manual setting and set the timer for 5 minutes.
- Use the quick release method when the timer is up.
- When all of the pressure is out of the pot, take off the lid and cool for 15 minutes. Transfer the mixture to your blender and blend until super creamy and smooth, about two full minutes.
Wishing you a happy week. May it be filled with getting over those obstacles in the easiest way possible.