1.1 Year journey of an ethical vegan The first step~
I turned vegan on November 24, 2013. What a positive life changing experience. First of all, within one month, I've lost over 15 pounds of total body weight. Friends and families were concerned and worried about my health as a vegan. I told them that this is natural for a newly vegan as the "animal protein" and toxins are being flushed out of my body.
I remained positive that this is what I wanted to do, to be a compassionate human being doing what is right for our planet, our health and most importantly our animal families and friends.
As a former omnivore chef, I struggled to cook even the simplest vegan meal. I rushed over to a local vegan/vegetarian market to restock my fridge. The basics: vegan mayo, bread, veggies, Daiya cheese, etc. Pretty much ate sandwiches, noodles, vegan burgers for a while.
I have been exercising, weight training for years now. The vegan lifestyle and plant based diet has improved my intense regimen by ten folds. Lost the "cool" muscle bulk but it doesn't matter as I have gained a pure, defined ripped muscles. More energy to last throughout the day.
I searched ways to bulk up on a vegan diet so I loaded up on process foods and soy protein powders that contained high amounts of proteins. The idea worked very well gaining body mass once again. My vegan diet: 70% processed, 30% whole foods.
My first ventures at veganizing my favorite meals, foods: Burritos, pastas, chili, and curries.
Getting sick of working as an omnivore chef, I took chef position at a vegan restaurant in March of 2013. What a great move! A cleaner, smell of fresh veggies, and non-existence of dead meats. A kitchen to work for, a dream come true.
Learned so much about cooking fresh, sauces to flavor both cooked and raw veggies.
Being bloated and my system being backed up from eating too much process food, my body started to reject the "processed" foods.
After the Portland veg food experience, I began cooking more with whole foods. Replacing the "process" stuff with veggies. Here's and example: Crumbled vegan burger patty to make a vegan chili. Replace it with portobello mushrooms or adding another high protein packed beans. My beefless bourguignon, soups and stews are all done the same way. As much as possible, delete the processed stuff a little at a time. Your body will thank you :)
As of August till this day, my cooking as evolved no longer resorting to just sandwiches although, I still love my sandwiches.
My current vegan diet: 80% whole foods, 20% processed.