Jodene Shaer 

Rekindling Project Me Vegan Style

I can’t believe that I haven’t blogged for a year, but I also totally understand why. I want to talk change for one moment and explain how I have figure out I do it. I come from a place of uncertainty first and instead of embracing what I believe will be good for me, I fear it for a long time first. There has been a lot going on in the past year, mainly because I have decide to embrace a lot of change. In reality, I have kicked of Project Me all over again and didn’t really realise it until now.

Why am I blogging again?

Because I’ve fallen in love with my lifestyle and the fears of not getting it right or being judged for my choices have finally, completely subsided. Project me has always been about making myself my own personal project and although it’s been a constant ebb and flow of getting on and falling off the horse, the one thing that has settled is my lifestyle into plant based veganism. I will do a whole blog post on the difference between being plant based and being a vegan, because there is a big one.

I learned that the hard way, when I first had the realisation that my body really didn’t like animal products anymore, which I will tell you about in a moment, but let’s finish about me getting it wrong. When I went vegan, I didn’t use any guidelines and was still afraid of starches and having too many calories. The jury is still out, but I got serious bouts of vertigo and tinnitus (which I still have after a year) and when I went for blood tests, my vitamin B12 and D was very low. Another blog will be about no only vegans having these deficiencies, but I went back to eating eggs and dairy for a while, before overcoming my fear of not eating correctly.

Why am I vegan?

That’s an easy one. I love animals and feel so much better about not doing them any harm. I also know I’m doing my bit for the planet, which you can do loads of research. However, mine is for me. It’s for my health. It’s for a decision I made when I went through the chemo process with a friend of mine and when I watched my sister’s best friend go through the same process. Something triggered in me and I was determined to take better care of myself. It wasn’t an overnight process, because who wants to give up crispy friend bacon and a cheesy, stringy pizza. Amazingly, my body heard my desires and slowly over the months, I literally could not stomach most meat. Then, one night, when at an amazing restaurant in Joburg, I got served my piece of chicken. It was huge. Far too big. What happened to our food? That was it. I woke up the next day and I was vegan.

I have done tons of research and settled into finding the majority of my guidance from Dr Michael Greger. He has an incredible book called, How Not to Die and has an App called, The Daily Dozen. Everything I am going to share with you will be from him or sources I have learned to trust, but I am not here to show you how to be vegan. I’m not even here to promote the lifestyle. I’m simple back on my next phase of Project Me. The one where I love to share my daily experiences, which have now become about testing new recipes, finding vegan friendly restaurants … and of course, way beyond my tummy, I am moving how, writing another book, expanding my business. I’m doing Project Me!

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With courage, consciousness & a sense of humour