Why did I decide to start the Plant Based Victory blog? This is a question I haven’t really covered and want to answer now.
When I decided to make the transition to a plant based diet, I knew it wouldn’t be easy. I knew that I was going to miss some of the food I eat daily. I loved to eat scrambled eggs in the morning or a cheese stuffed omelette. Juicy cheeseburgers and fries for lunch was my go-to. Grilled chicken, barbecued shrimp, or baked salmon for dinner was always great. However, after being introduced to the benefits of a plant based diet, I knew my eating habits had to change. I cut out meat from my diet over night. There is nothing wrong with transitioning slowly to a plant based diet. That is probably the best way to do it. But when I made up my mind there was no turning back.
Despite making the sudden decision to stop eating meat and animal products all together, I had a few questions. Will I actually stick to this? Will a plant based diet work for me since I am a college athlete? What can I actually eat? Luckily, in the information age today, the internet answered most of my questions. I found a ton of resources that helped answered my questions and helped validate my decision (I listed out some of my favorite resources here). But for me, this wasn’t enough.
If you search Google for something like “vegan blogs” you will find a few lists that provide the top vegan blogs. Roughly every blog listed on these lists are blogs that specialize in recipes. This clearly makes a lot of sense. People want to know how to cook plant based dishes and these blogs provide some awesome options. Nonetheless, I didn’t really find blogs that were simply people’s personal stories and opinions. I wanted to find a blog that was relateable and read to find out how other’s experience with a plant based diet turned out. I know they are out there, it just requires a little bit of extra research. But I decided why not just make my own?
I have a passion for freedom and want to pursue a lifestyle I have complete control. Starting my own business has always been a goal of mine. I want to be my own boss. I don’t want someone telling me what to do. Despite these goals and aspirations, I haven’t really done much to actually get on track to attaining these goals (aside from watching YouTube videos and listening to podcasts). So I knew starting a blog would be a step in the right direction. I could finally have something to call my own and have complete control over. But more importantly, I knew creating this blog would require commitment. I realized that by starting a blog about eating a plant based diet, I would be committed to doing just that.
Now a days it is very easy to start something like a blog, but I still viewed it as doing something more than just telling myself I would eat differently. This blog, although still very young, has compelled me to do more research into the benefits of eating a plant based diet. It has also helped strengthen my passion for nutrition and interest in diet. I have always loved food but starting this blog has changed my perspective on what we eat and the vital role it plays in our everyday lives. All of this has almost become an obsession of mine, which I am thankful for.
Related: My Transition To A Plant Based Diet
With that being said, I didn’t start this blog just for me. I wanted to create this blog to not only tell my story but to help others realize the benefits of a plant based diet. Hopefully by telling my story, you will have something to reference and relate to if you decide to also change your eating habits. If this blog helps enlighten at least one reader on the benefits of a plant based diet, then that would be amazing and enough for me.
Building a community is also something that I hope this blog can do. Plant Based Victory will hopefully one day become a place where readers can come to and find others like them. I hope that if someone who is struggling with their switch to a plant based diet or struggling just with the thought of switching, they can come to this blog and find support from peers and find the strength they need from our community. This is probably way down the road from now and may never happen at all, but its better to try and fail than to never to try at all!