No wonder the Beach Boys wrote a song about them: this is Celeste, a beauty from California!
I have been following Celeste’s blog since March. She is a lovely and compassionate person. This is her birthday month and I want to wish her a very happy birthday and many healthy years to come! I was inspired by reading her story and since health is more important than fashion (and also one of the reasons I write this blog) I asked her to be my guest.
“I’m honored that Carmen asked if she could post photos of me on her lovely blog. She also asked me to share a bit about myself, so here goes…
To keep things interesting, I’ll focus only on how my life has transformed over the past two years. It started with my husband coming home from a doctor’s visit and telling me he had high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Thinking it might help with my husband’s conditions, I went to a healthy cooking class at Whole Foods Market. I figured the class would teach me how to cook lean meat, fish and vegetarian dishes. I was wrong. Instead, it promoted a plant-based diet, one based on veggies, grains, beans and fruit with little or no animal products.
The diet sounded extreme, but I was impressed with the evidence presented on its ability to not only lower blood pressure and cholesterol, but to also decrease one’s chances of getting cancer and other diseases. Wanting to learn more I read Rip Esselstyn’s The Engine 2 Diet, and watched the movie Forks Over Knives.
My husband also educated himself about going plant-based, and we decided to try it. In the beginning we only did it Monday – Friday because we thought it would be too hard to do it all the time. And it was a challenge at first. Eventually, however; we started to love eating plant-based and began eating this way all the time.
My husband’s blood pressure and cholesterol went down to normal, we lost weight and the persistent skin conditions both of us suffered from cleared up. We both look and feel so much better eating this way. Honestly, our transformation has been miraculous!
And There’s More!
About six months into the diet, we watched the movie, Vegucated, a documentary that follows three New Yorker’s who agree to go vegan for six weeks to learn what it’s all about. This movie rocked my world yet again! The suffering animals endure to become our food and clothing was suddenly and painfully real to me. I was saddened that I’d never thought about the plight of animals before, but I knew that from now on I’d do my part to lessen their suffering.
Now I do my best to avoid using animal products for any purpose. I’m no longer just following a plant-based diet for my health, but I’m following a vegan lifestyle in an effort to respect all of God’s creatures.
If you told me two years ago that I’d give up ice cream and cheese and call myself “a vegan”, I would have laughed. Yet here I am, and it’s great.”
I love Celeste’s long, flowy, crinkle skirt, one of my favourite colours! Her earrings and matching bracelet adds a California-style beach look.
This is her dog, Mambo. Cute, eh?
Happy birthday to a beautiful lady with a heart of gold!
God bless you Celeste!