Becoming Vegan

Yep, that’s right! I decided to dip my toe into the world of the vegan lifestyle. When I told some of my family and friends, I got the crazy looks and side-eye and the infamous question. WHY? The answer was simple because I want to, and in the words of Tabitha Brown, because it’s my business.

How it all began

I’m always on Instagram, you would even say, I could be addicted. But that is a story on its own, anyway, I came across a friend’s post and she was starting a vegan challenge. As I stared at the post, I thought why not, I mean I don’t really have much to lose. Not going anywhere but work and home, this is a good time to try something different. So, I sent the DM saying, “I’m in!”

Going into this challenge I had to have an open mind. As my friend sent me all the things I would need, the main thing I thought I would have an issue with is NO CAFFEINE or LIQUOR, but I had to detox first so it wouldn’t be long until my loves and I would reunite soon. So, I told myself I can do it. It’s been a week and I actually feel really good. I had some cravings, but I had to remember “My Why.”

My Why

I’m still in the battle of depression, anxiety, etc. and 2020 has not helped at all. (can I say let’s just throw this whole year away). Now, I adore my baby, would do anything for her, but lately, I find myself going back into this mood of sadness and anxiety. I have low energy and I’ve been dealing with chest pains. As I researched veganism, most people say they have great health, lost weight, and don’t get sick as much. Great selling point right. I just want to be healthy and have the energy to keep up with my toddler and live a happy fulfilling life. If it takes for me to change my whole eating habits, then I will. And so far, I’ve been doing great. Now, living in New Orleans and all the deliciousness that comes will be a challenge but if I decide to have some seafood or a beignet, again that’s my business. Who says being vegan is wrong or right? So, if you do see me with a beignet. Don’t come yelling at me. Someone said, “we’re humans, don’t try and push me away if I do wrong, just give me some love and say try again.” I know I’m going to have my slips, but I’m willing to stick to it and hope that I get the results that I’m looking for.

Know any good vegan recipes I should try? Send them my way!

Have you tried different lifestyle changes? Let’s talk about them.

Ja’Nae was born in Houma and raised on the outskirts of New Orleans known as the Westbank, where she still resides. She’s currently dating her boyfriend of 3 years and together they raise their daughter A’nylah. After attending Jackson State University, she moved back to New Orleans and then earned her master’s at Full Sail University in Public Relations, she currently works part-time at a local Bra Boutique where she enjoys helping women feel good about themselves. In her free times, she’s looking for the latest fashion trends, working out, learning how to organize her life, relaxing by enjoying a good movie or series and finding fun things to do with her new family.


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