IVY Made our Day!
Ivy made our day! John and I had the sweetest encounter at Whole Foods the other day! We had just finished an Orange Theory workout and John was rockin his Vegan Vibes tank top. People might think we look crazy always wearing Peacefield and vegan themed shirts 😂 but it pays off! Being vegan can sometimes feel lonely when you look around and are surrounded by restaurants, billboards, commercials and stores filled with animal products. By wearing vegan shirts we hope to represent a positive lifestyle and show that you can be a happy, healthy, vibrant person and be vegan and to let other vegans know they’re not alone! John was reaching for the oatmeal when a woman and her daughter approached him and asked, “Sir, are you vegan? Can you help us?”. They had driven an hour to get there and it was their first time in a Whole Foods. The daughter, Ivy, has many allergies and has been experiencing autoimmune health issues. John called me over and introduced me. Ivy said she has done a lot of research online and decided to go vegan. She already feels better and has lost weight! Her mom was supportive, but had a few concerns about things like B12, calcium, iron and protein. We were able to address her questions and give them reputable, evidence-based resources for further reading (thank you NutritionFacts.org). Ivy is a huge animal lover. In addition to improving her health, Ivy said she wanted to adopt a lifestyle that is kind to the environment and animals. Ivy’s mom said “it’s too late for me”, but I want Ivy to have a chance at health. We told her it’s never too late to start! John showed her photos of his mom Kathy who lost 50 pounds and got off all her medications at the age of 58 after going vegan and reaping most of the health benefits within the first days and weeks of changing her diet. The body has an incredible ability to heal itself quickly when given the right fuel! It was the most uplifting encounter and we all felt like fate brought us together! We exchanged information and told them they’re welcome at Peacefield anytime. This is the greatest gift we’ve ever been given and it feels so good to pass it forward.
We can sometimes take for granted how fast things are changing and how far we’ve come in the last couple years. As we toured Whole Foods and of course showed them the produce, we also pointed out several sections dedicated to plant based meat, cheese and egg alternatives. Delicious oat milks, almond yogurts, beyond burgers and more - large sections of the store dedicated to the future of a cleaner, healthier, more kind world.
If you ever have any questions or concerns about going vegan, please reach out! We love to talk about this and help in any way we can. We can also recommend resources and recipes. Message us anytime!
🌱If you’re dealing with autoimmune issues check out this link: https://nutritionfacts.org/2014/07/03/how-animal-proteins-may-trigger-autoimmune-disease/
🌱If you’re dealing with allergies check out this podcast episode: https://nutritionfacts.org/audio/allergies/ (John and Kathy’s seasonal allergies were the first ailments to disappear quickly after ditching animal proteins!)