My name is Ashlee, I’m 21 years old, and I live in Southern California. 🌅 I created this blog to document my journey of transitioning to a vegan & gluten free (and maybe even eventually raw vegan) diet. I know there are many environmental/moral reasons to go vegan, and I am happy about those, but my main concern is my health. In 2014 I was diagnosed with Wolffe Parkinson White Syndrome which is a genetic heart condition where your heart has an extra electrical circuit and will randomly beat twice as fast. Sometime I would just be laying in bed and my heart rate would shoot up to 200 bpm. Which is way too damn high! In 2015 I had heart surgery but unfortunately they couldn’t fix it because the extra circuit was too close to my normal one and they didn’t want to risk it and have me end up with a pacemaker. All the medications had more risks than benefits so I decided not to do that either. That was when I decided I had to take care of my body. I started eating healthier and working out 6 days a week with DVD programs and by 2016 I had lost 35 lbs and had only had a handful (maybe 5 the whole year) of crazy heart episodes. (Before I would have them at least 3 times a week). But now I’m searching for more. My body doesn’t feel like it is working as amazing as it could and I feel tired and sluggish. I have hit a plateau with my fitness and health. I stumbled upon a few YouTubers and videos, books, etc and have decided to transition to vegan/gluten free. It is going to be difficult so I wanted to use this as a journal of sorts. And maybe in the future go raw vegan but that will be once I got this first part figured out 😉 I am beginning my journey by starting a 21 day three part plant based cleanse on Jan 9th, 2017. I will use it to help me with the change and hopefully will keep it up after the three weeks are over! So I hope you come with me on my journey and feel free to give my tips, advice, recipes, ANYTHING along the way.