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Barbara DiLisio

Jul 8 '14
One year ago today, we lost my Grandpop. I think about and miss him a lot. Thanks for giving me good hair genes. #porky #lookatthathair

One year ago today, we lost my Grandpop. I think about and miss him a lot. Thanks for giving me good hair genes. #porky #lookatthathair

Jul 7 '14
nap time?

nap time?

Jul 7 '14
We are growing on each other #marley

We are growing on each other #marley

Tags: marley
Jun 28 '14
Jun 3 '14

Trying Something New

A few weeks ago, after dinner and dessert at one of those “healthy until you throw a bunch of candy on it” frozen yogurt places I couldn’t breathe. I was feeling fine until I ate the yogurt and realized that dairy was probably one of reasons my allergies have been so bad lately.

It’s been about 3 weeks since I’ve gone vegan. Am I 100%, super strict vegan? No. I’d say I’m about 75%. Sometimes I’ll sneak a piece of candy, but for the most part I’m dairy free. Do I feel a difference? Absolutely. While I can’t say I’m 100% free of allergies, I can definitely breathe better and don’t feel like I’m living off medicine.

If you asked me a year ago if this was something I thought I could do, I’d likely have laughed and said “hell no”. It wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought it would be. I simply said, “I’m going vegan” and did it. It’s been a transition for sure. I have to actually read labels at the grocery store, cooking has been a challenge (but also kind of fun) and finding vegan friendly restaurants has been hard, but the pros have outweighed the cons.

My intention was never to do this forever, but instead just try it out for awhile. I think that’s part of the reason I’ve succeeded. In the past, I’ve always said things like “I’m going to do [insert big change here] and intended to do it for the rest of my life, only to quit 2 months later and hate myself.

I think I’m finally starting to realize that it’s ok to give up on some things if they don’t work out. If 3 months from now I get tired of being vegan, I shouldn’t feel guilty about wanting to stop. No one is going to give a shit if I start eating meat and dairy again. And if I want to try something else, I’ll do that. And guess what? No one will care then, either. 

Stop worrying about what other people think and stop doubting yourself. You might be surprised at how easy things are when you just say “I’m going to do it.”