By Elizabeth Medeiros, Co-owner, Plant Life Meals

Welcome to the revived Plant Life Meals blog! It’s been a hot-minute since we’ve posted, but we’re back with a brand-new website with all new features (hey, rewards points + referral program!) that our customers are beyond stoked about.

I’m one of the owners of Plant Life Meals (I co-own the business with my partner David VanGeystel), a Seattle vegan meal delivery business in operation since October 2019. My plant-based journey began long before Plant Life’s conception so I’ll quickly share it and what you can learn from my own personal journey with it (+ it actually has nothing to do with being plant-based itself).

I grew up in a fairly traditional household — one of five kids, always hovering around the kitchen until mom busted out some tacos, homemade flour tortillas (ya, they were just as epic as you’d imagine), or basically anything she cooked. Then I was on a typical path of college, get the degree, get the other (more expensive) degree, and then the dream job working in cancer prevention research.

On the outside, I had it all figured out — my path, my goals, the boyfriend, my life. But at the end of the day, I had this awful feeling like something was still missing. Do you know that feeling?

In the past, I wasn’t one to check in with myself — in fact, it was quite the opposite. Shove it all down and keep moving forward. I think that can be completely useful, but I don’t think it’s the best way to truly live. I luckily found a partner who would often challenged me into making sure I’m not just going with the motions, but living the life thoughtfully and intentionally.

And that first challenge was with food. I had been vegetarian for a few years before meeting David in 2017, but I was still battling with bouts of adult acne and indigestion. I researched the benefits of a plant-based diet and even my esthetician at the time begged me to give up dairy, for the sake of my acne-covered skin.

In short, my plant-based journey is SO much more than food or saving animals. That’s all great and I am in full support of all the amazing things that come along with being plant-based or vegan, but for me, it’s about more about one thing — challenging the status quo.

I encourage you to look at yourself, your life, your choices and think about if you’re operating because it really is your choice, or if you’re doing things to make others happy or simply not even questioning why you’re doing what you’re doing.

I was eating things that didn’t make me happy for a long time. Once I made the shift to plant-based and realizing how easy it was to do something good for myself and to actually LISTEN to my body, it was easier to make similar choices. That led me to quitting my coveted 9-5, taking a leap of faith with my partner to start our own business, and to continue to challenge the status quo in my own life.

What can YOU do today to challenge the status quo?