Behind The Scenes Vegan Living 101

Why Kimberly Elise Is A Vegan

peachI don’t think a day goes by that someone doesn’t ask me why I’m vegan.

There seems to be an endless fascination with a lifestyle that only includes plant-based foods. How can someone not only sustain themselves, but also be happy and satisfied without meat and meat by-products in their diet?

I understand. Living a life void of meat sounded bizarre to me years ago. I absolutely loved my burgers, malts, buttery pound cake, and oh yes, pork chops and ham hocks in my greens.

But as much as I enjoyed those foods in my mouth, once they hit my stomach, it was a different story. For years, I would eat a cheeseburger (I loved patty melts) and, within an hour, have a cramps so bad I would double over in a painful stomachache.

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Somehow though, I never really made the connection between what I just ate and the discomfort I was feeling, so I just kept eating and suffering, eating and suffering – for years.

Ironically, it wasn’t until I was pregnant with my second child, Butterfly, that something hit me. I was in a diner eating pancakes and a side of ham – my favorite breakfast at the time – when I looked at the ham and just felt completely repulsed.

I pushed the plate away from me and didn’t touch the food. Sometime later, I saw a hamburger and my stomach turned. This pattern continued in which the sight and smell of meat completely turned me off. I attributed it to my pregnancy and change in taste that often accompanies it.

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Additionally, because I believed my growing baby wouldn’t thrive without meat (I didn’t know that veggies, legumes and grains are chock-full of protein and other vital baby-growing nutrients), I forced myself to eat it, believing I was doing what was best for my child. Once my daughter was born and I finished nursing, I thought my taste for meat would return.

But it didn’t.
So, I stopped eating it, cold turkey – haha.

That was 15 years ago. I started out vegetarian and then transitioned to fully vegan. In all these years, I haven’t had a bite of flesh and have absolutely no desire for it.

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With the deletion of meat and animal products from my diet came a physical blossoming I never planned on. My skin cleared up, my hair grew in thicker and stronger, and my moods became more peaceful and more joyful.


Even when I was a meat-eater, I never had a weight problem, because fortunately, I’m very athletic and enjoy exercise. However, I found that when I dropped the meat and upped my plant-based foods, I felt lighter, stronger, more nimble, and more energetic. And most profound of all, all the inner physical pain, discomfort, and disruption I felt all those years inside my body stopped. My body just became… quiet.

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And as I continued to educate myself about my new lifestyle and I learned about the abuse animals are put though to get to our dinner tables, it only magnified the fact that I made a decision not only for my well-being, but for all life on this planet.


So the short answer to why I’m vegan – my body runs better, I look healthier, I am able to honor my fellow living creatures, and most importantly, I feel better in mind, body, and spirit.

Of course, everyone has to decide what is right for them on their journey. What one chooses to eat is a very personal decision, and for me, choosing to eat plant-based foods, rather than meat and animal products, is the right thing for me to do on every level.

So there you go, that is why I’m vegan!

Love and Light,

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    June 11, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    hi there. i know my family would just freak out if i stopped buying bacon and pork chops, hot dogs and brats. so where do i go from here. and just trying to eat healthier i know is more expensive, and even with changing completely will be even more expensive, i am on an average budget. any thoughts with how to do this without breaking the pocket?

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    April 23, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    Hello Kimberly,

    I wanted to thank you for allowing yourself to be so transparent. I have been an off and on again vegetarian for years. My last time of being “pure” was great. My hair grew (I’m all natural and have been for years), I was a lot more toned body, calmer in mind and spirit, and just flat out more happy. Reading your story and the stories of others to whom have commented has poured in my soul a revitalization of hope and inspiration to achieve my goal of one day being fully vegan. Thank you everyone for helping inspire me.

    Love and peace

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    April 18, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    My sincere apologies for the typos in my previous post. I’ll blame it on the cursive font and small text on my phone. Please remove if it cannot be edited.
    Embarrassed Connie

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    April 18, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    I loved reading your article and find many of your posts so refreshing. ‘Honoring your fellow livong crwatires’ is such an enlightening way to put veganism into words.

    I stopped eating meat 3 years ago however I do consume dairy periodically. I have two dogs who I love and cherish beyond words amd I believe my love for them ignighted something in me to stop eating meat. One day out of nowhere meat began to repulse me. In some instances I felt sad and guilty after eating it. Then it began to taste aweful amd upset my stomach. I rarely ate beef and have not eaten pork in nearly 20 years. My go to meat was poultry (chicken). Then I started watching documentaries such as Vegucate and Food Ink and I knew meat was something I no longer wanted nor needed in my diet.

    I don’t wear a sign advertising that I’m a vegiterian but people do ask me why when they become aware. I generally give a short answer centered around the inhumane and barbaric way animals are slaughtered. I can’t participated in such cruelty. Besides,,eating meet in todays culture is unnecessary.

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    April 17, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Kimberly I loved your story and your website is HOT I just stopped eating meats year ago and I have noticed a huge change in my body. The breakouts are gone and my hair is so much thicker

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      Kimberly Elise
      April 18, 2014 at 7:05 am


      Yes! Congratulations on making that discovery about your body! A lot of times, we don’t stop to acknowledge the real effect certain foods can have on our bodies. Listening to your body is important – it’s GREAT that you realized what does and does not work for you. We wish you continued success and we’re glad you like the website!

      -Team Kimberly

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      April 20, 2014 at 3:55 pm

      Hello Kimberley i want to transition but where do i start. please help thank you

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    April 17, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    I love your wisdom and knowledge, I feel empowred……. god bless u

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    Alrxa Harris
    April 17, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Hi Kimberly,
    I love your blog. I recently did a 60 day juice cleanse (and lost 26 pounds) and decided to turn into a gluten free Vegan. I’m still transitioning but what would you say are the most essential nutrients for new plant-based eaters? I currently have a new healthy food business called The Green Oven and would love to send you some gluten free vegan muffins.

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      Alrxa Harris
      April 17, 2014 at 8:13 am

      Sorry, my auto correct spelled my name wrong. It’s Alexa. 🙂

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      Kimberly Elise
      April 18, 2014 at 3:33 pm

      Hi Alexa
      For me it’s B vitamins. I really have to be diligent and be sure to get them in!

      Love, Kimberly

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    Rose Joyner
    April 15, 2014 at 1:40 am

    I love your site, great job.
    I changed my eating habits a few years ago, but haven’t gone vegan yet.
    Thank you for including receipts on you site to help me get there.

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      Kimberly Elise
      April 15, 2014 at 10:51 am

      Hi Rose!
      Thank you for stopping by. I’m glad you like the recipes-lots more to come! Love, Kimberly

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    April 14, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    I’ve been trying to cleanse my body for years! I just don’t know Where to start.I think I will start this week with some green juice. Wish me luck!

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      Kimberly Elise
      April 15, 2014 at 11:05 am

      Hi Jennifer, Just take it one day at time. Listen to your body, it will guide you. Good luck! Love, Kimberly

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    Kennie Walcott
    April 14, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Vegan is the very best diet.

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