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A Gluten-Free, Plant-Based Person Who Sometimes Eats Chicken

The title of this post is my new normal, and tragically, the whitest description of all time. I am not psyched about that part, but after feeling like a literal dumpster fire on a runaway train for over a year, I discovered I had been (accidentally) poisoning myself, hard, with foods I’m allergic to neverendasentenceinapreposition. As a clean eater who is big on organic produce, minimal processed foods, and checking ingredient labels like a crazy person, my diet-driven conundrum was surprising.

These findings inspired my newfound commitment to a gluten-free, plant-based lifestyle. I wish I could say that it was the devastating deforestation that finally pushed me over the edge, or that I made myself watch another one of those horrific videos about how bacon is made and couldn’t take it any longer, but selfishly, it was allergies & vanity that made me do it. (I didn’t want to forego cheese in its many forms. Let’s be honest, giving up margherita pizza is the real tragedy here.)

It has been a tricky adjustment, a general cluster eff, so for now, I eat chicken occasionally to supplement my protein intake, but in all other respects, I am a vegan. I know there are ways to do this without meat though, and I want to hear from you peeps! What are your favorite recipes? Best resources? How do you do it? I love learning from you!

Breakfast was the most difficult transition for me, so I’m sharing my favorite clean, vegan, gluten-free (& nutrient-dense!) smoothie recipe. It will change your life. Promise.

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