It only took a few conversations and two documentaries (Unsupersize Me & Super Juice Me!) to convince me that veganism and juicing was not only incredibly healthy but also simple and delivered promising and fast results. I’d like to note that I am not on a mission to lose weight as fast as possible no matter what the method. Instead, I have been looking for a lifestyle change that will get my often unhappy stomach in order, boost my energy level and help me feel confident when I’m on stage performing and on the road. iStock_000016943709_small-824x549

After a chat with a fellow performer at a fair, I was intrigued. I had heard of veganism before and I often dismissed it because of the animal cruelty enthusiasts and over-dramatic evangelism that usually comes with the label. I simply want to be healthier and have incredible skin, a trait I’ve noticed in anyone who calls themselves a vegan or avid juicer. My desire is simple: Be healthy.

So on the road I was due for a grocery trip and I wanted to jump on this vegan bandwagon and at least try it. I’m not saying this will be for a week, month, year or forever; nope, just giving it a try. So between a trip to Walmart and Grocery Outlet (which by the way, where has GC been all my life?), this was what I walked out with:

Grape tomatoes
Cucumber
Celery stalks
Bananas
Apples
Blueberries
Nectarines
Oatmeal
Whole Wheat Tortilla Wraps
Almond butter
Oatmeal
Mustard
1 vegetarian salad mix (though I’m not positive the dressing is vegan…)
Bolthouse Farms Daily Roots smoothies (the label seemed to follow the rules but again, still learning)
Roasted Pepper Hummus
Raw almonds
Seed mix (checked label, strictly nuts!)
Vitamins: B12, Flaxseed Oil & Turmeric

The total came out to just under $60 which I was pretty happy about and was within my grocery budget. Because I don’t have my NutriBullet with me I won’t be able to do any juicing or smoothie making but that will be a definite addition at my next fair.

So fellow vegans and health enthusiasts: How did I do?

Photos courtesy of News USC and The Balanced Blonde.

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