I absolutely LOVE our PBJ family!
I have met some pretty amazing PBJ’s the last two years. Nothing makes my day more than knowing the world has ONE MORE PBJ in it
I will continue to share the stories of my amazing PBJ brothers and sisters with y’all, for as long as I am breathing. When I first began my journey, what really kept me intrigued, and wanting to learn more, and stick with it, was reading everyone else’s journey.
I am not necessarily referring to the SUCCESS stories either. For some reason, it made me feel more human to know that I was not the only one struggling to ditch the cheese, meat, or processed junk, all so I could live a long, healthy life. I learned a tremendous amount from reading about others, and their journey. We are all different, and we are all going to experience various up/downs in our PBJ lifetime.
However, one thing I noticed (at least in our PBJ family), is that we are all encouraging, motivating, and supportive of one another. No matter where we are in our journey.
Are your ready to meet your fellow PBJ sister?
Are you looking for encouragement, and motivation?
Sandy is going to do JUST THAT!!
PBJ: Tell us a bit about yourself. Who is Sandy? I see that you live in Sydney, Australia?
Sandy: Yes I live in sunny Sydney, Australia! I’m just a regular person, not some ‘hippie freak’ like people often associate with the word ‘vegan’. I have a bubbly personality and am full of life and energy. I’m a mum and a wife who works an office job (boring I know!). I spend my free time cooking and doing craft.
PBJ: How long have you been a Plant-Based Junkie (PBJ)? Was there an event in your life that persuaded you to make the transition to this plant-based lifestyle?
Sandy: I have been a PBJ now for 6 years. It was 3rd November, 2007 when I made the switch. I remember my vegan-versary date and am so happy each year that I have added another year of PBJ living to my life! I can’t wait for the day when I can say I’ve been a PBJ longer than I was an omni!!!!!
I had been doing a health & nutrition course that favoured a vegetarian diet, at the same time that I was reading 2 vegan books. When I purchased the books I didn’t know they where promoting a vegan lifestyle! I was won over! Without seeking this information it was given to me and I just couldn’t deny that it was so obviously a sign for me that this was the direction I needed to go in!
PBJ: How did you feel? Did you switch to a 100% plant-based lifestyle that day?
Sandy: Yes, as the saying goes, I switched “cold-tofurkey”. Have never looked back. I can never imagine going back to eating food that I know it not only bad for me, but also bad for the environment and so harmful to animals. I feel FANTASTIC!!!!! I don’t get sick!
PBJ: What have been the most pronounced health differences, positive or negative: you have experienced switching to the lifestyle?
Sandy: I didn’t have any health problems that encouraged me to change to a plant-based diet but I notice little differences in my body that are wonderful – my hair grows soooooo quickly, my finger nails are strong without white marks on them and they don’t break before I have to cut them!
The only negative thing about switching to a plant-based diet is having to put up with stupid comments from other people who haven’t been enlightened yet
PBJ: What would you like to share with those “future PBJ’s” thinking about starting plant-based diet, but are frightened or unsure if they will be able to succeed?
Sandy: Be brave! Take the plunge! Try lots of different recipes and don’t give up if you don’t know what to make at the start. Get at least one good cookbook to give you ideas. Have at least 2 fallback meals that you can use on those stressful days which we all have – even if it’s as simple as canned beans with canned tomatoes and frozen vegetables!
Don’t beat yourself up if you slip-up, just get straight back on board.
Anytime you crave something, work out how you can veganise it!
I LOVE veganising recipes!
Remember that in time, you won’t crave all that ‘junk’ that you previously have!
And above all remember why YOU have chosen this lifestyle and don’t let other people get you down about it. Know that your body and health will thank you, even if other people can’t see it. Remember that its not about losing weight or being skinny, its about gaining health J
PBJ: You mentioned on your blog that your hubby “was” an omnivore when you married him. Have you inspired your husband, other family members, or friends to adopt a plant-based lifestyle?
Sandy: YES YES YES – it was one of the most exciting days of my life when my husband switched to a plant-based diet earlier this year. He lost 36kgs (79 pounds) in 5 months and his health has never been better!
I have also encouraged 3 other friends to jump on the vegan lifestyle, and 2 others have started out by being vegetarian (I still have hope for them to make the full switch!). I have lost count of the number of friends who have told me they are having more vego meals each week – let’s hope we can grow that number.
I think that actions speak louder than words. There’s nothing quite as promoting as people seeing us healthy & thriving on plants!
PBJ: I see that you have quite the PBJ library going on. What are some of your favorite books, and go-to cookbooks?
Sandy: I can’t go past anything that is either written by Neal Barnard or John McDougall. Those men are SO SO SO inspiring. My favourite cookbooks are “Forks Over Knives”, “Vegan Planet” and an Aussie favourite “Cooking with Soy” by Yoshiko Takeuchi.
PBJ: How do you contribute your knowledge and energy back to the public? Where can we find you on the internet?
Sandy: I have a blog where I post recipes and other random bits and pieces. Its called “Vegans Eat Yummy Food Too” → http://sandysveganblogsandblahs.blogspot.com.au/
I LOVE to experiment with cooking and to show people that eating vegan meals doesn’t have to be hard or time consuming. Its also great to share with others that the food isn’t boring or plain and is actually quite tasty!
PBJ: Anything else you would like to add, or share with the PBJ family?
Sandy: It can be hard because this world is so focused on meat & dairy, but don’t give up. Know in your heart that you ARE doing the right thing, even if everyone else is against it.
Accept that the ‘jokes’ will never end, but be the bigger person and don’t buy into their foolishness.
DON’T GIVE UP!
GO VEGAN à STAY VEGAN
Thanks for sharing, Sandy!!
Looking forward to many more years with ya,
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