So the following decade I lived a very high protein lifestyle.I chose “grass fed “ or “cage free” whenever I could. And did lots my shopping at Whole Foods. But most of my protein intake was still animal protein. Living in the beautiful bubble of L.A. I never got to think how my “grass fed beef” really lived. The label at the meat counter sounded like it had a good life. I was busy. No time to second guess.
I was shocked buy how computerized the food industry is. And seeing how scared the animals are. And they did not even show horrifying scenes, just daily routine, I thought: why would I want to put this in my body? Lots of farmed animals never see sunlight and are full of fear from the moment they are born to the moment they are slaughtered.
Then I went on to see: Forks over Knives. The great movie version of The China Study. And I thought: holy crap, what was I doing to my body the past decade?
Around the same time Prop 37 was a big topic in California. It asked for labeling of genetically modified foods. And it was not passed. And it was the first time I became really aware how little I had known if all the meat, eggs, dairy or fish and all other food I had consumed the past decade was actually GMO free or genetically manipulated.And asides from that I read about all the antibiotics and hormones animals are fed with from hour one.
I did not really want to think about the amounts antibiotics and hormones I had ingested by eating the way I had until then. But I could not ignore the facts. So I decided to look for a better way of life and nutrition for myself.A clean way of eating. Clean on levels of food contamination. I bought lots of books on veganism. Christmas came around and I received even more as gifts. Because of course I had already spread the word: “Veganism is the future! You must all try it! You will feel amazing!”
I also became really interested in raw veganism. A spiral cutter was my first raw vegan kitchen tool. Later I added a Vitamix. Then an Angel Juicer for cold pressed juices. At that point, about 6 months into being vegan, a friend gave me some home made kale chips to try. I shared them with my boyfriend. He loved them so much he bought an Excalibur food dehydrator for us. So we could make our own. And shortly after he added a Norwalk juicer to our kitchen. I am a lucky girl and my love makes the most amazing cold pressed juices with the Norwalk for us almost every day.
Being vegan is not difficult when I am in L.A.. It becomes very difficult when traveling though. One of the reasons I created L.A. Star Greens Perfect 10 was to always have the right nutrition ready in my pocket wherever I go. It’s certified organic, raw and vegan.And it really helps me to stay on track with my clean vegan lifestyle. Wherever I go.