It is the official start of Vegan MoFo 2014. I had intended on starting a new blog to share my new journey, but I haven't had the chance to work on the design. Before I knew it, MoFo was here! My posts will be a bit different this year as I am entering a new chapter in in my life-the journey of becoming a vegan gluten free mama! My MoFo journey will take you through a month long tour into my pregnancy through food. I hope to post my struggles, triumphs, thoughts, pictures, and and food adventures this month. The start of September marks my 19th week being pregnant.
Before we get to the fun and interesting food bits of the month, let me reintroduce introduce myself to you. I am a 34-year old vegan and gluten free mama to be. I never thought I would utter those words. You see, I had a plan and it didn't involve children-at least not naturally. My plan since age 16 was to someday adopt, but that day was far ahead in the future, if ever at all. I never really considered myself a mama. I saw myself as a vegan, a wife, a friend, an animal lover, an environmentalist, and many other things. None of which included the title of mama. Then the end of 2013 rolled around and things changed. I began contemplating the idea of motherhood. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that it was something I could do and wanted to do. John had been gently nudging me for a while and I finally took the time to ask myself "what do I want out of life". The answer was a little vegan one.
Once I realized my answer, things changed inside me. I started to want to be a mama and to spend time with my future little vegan one. As I approached my 34th year, I realized that is was time to act now. John agreed with excitement. And so it came to be that the future little vegan one was on the way.
In accordance with most things we do, we decided to take this journey by educating ourselves and preparing to do things as naturally as we could. By only taking medication when absolutely necessary and getting care by practitioners who believe in an approach that includes listening to your body during pregnancy and delivery while following scientific practice. I think medical doctors are wonderful human beings and am thankful for their presence and care, but for this time frame we have decided to rely on the care of nurse practitioner midwives and to hopefully give birth at a nearby birthing center.
I want to share this time with you over the next month and let you see the interesting things I've been eating (or not so interesting things). My whole taste palette has changed. I may not share many recipes, but I plan on sharing pictures and stories. Thank you for being part of my journey I to welcoming the future vegan little one into this world!