Greetings Mama Tribe!
I am so delighted to share a snippet of my life with you all. My name is Aimbriel (Am-bree- l) and I am a native of Indianapolis, IN. I am married to my wonderful husband and we have four amazing kiddos!
Now, let’s talk!
This holistic, natural “vegan journey” has been in the works for some time now. In the summer of 2015 my body started talking to me (not literally, haha) but meat was no longer appealing and it made me nauseous…I gave it up with the exception of salmon and dairy. Once fasting/ Lent season started approaching I decided to take the challenge to “go vegan” and I haven’t looked back since, that was February 2016.
I will admit… the toughest thing for me to give up was cheese. I LOVED cheese..cheese was bae! Here’s a link to my famous cheese sauce that I now make about once a week! For my husband, it was eggs and for my teenager it was everything! Ha!
My boys are younger and I have always given them different foods to try so it was fairly easy for them.
What I found was that I could cook the same foods I just had to take the animal product out of it. There are SOOOO many options, it’s almost limitless what you can do/eat on a plant-based diet.
One of the main questions I get is how to replace dairy, which is typically the hardest thing for people to give up. Here are some products that we use at home:
• Earth Balance Soy Free butter (any Earth Balance will do)
• Follow Your Heart American or Provolone slices and Parmesan shreds
• SO Delicious cheese shreds (colby jack, mozzarella, cheddar)
• Flax Milk (we like all plant-based milk, but this is what we are consuming most right now)
The most important thing to remember is that you can still have food that tastes good!! Flour, sugar, salt, pepper etc. all of those things are still fair game! If you know how to season food, you can eat a plant-based diet!
Also, being plant-based opens your mind to how and why you eat versus just doing it. Before going vegan, we mostly just ate what was in front of us with no real understanding or explanation. Most of the meals I make are 30-45 minutes or less, it just depends on how fancy I want to get! Here is one example of a simple dinner.
This change was necessary for us due to family history and just not wanting to feel sluggish or continue to deal with certain health concerns.
I found a way OUT!
Our digestion, our sleeping, our pains…everything has changed for the BETTER! You CAN do it!
Connect with me!
Follow me on Instagram: black_mamavegan. Also, check out my website/blog: www.blackmamavegan.com. I share different recipes as well as some of my favorite products that I use on myself and around the house.
No matter where you are in life, you ARE an amazing mom! Stay the course and keep up the great work!