Your curiosity must be tickled if you are reading this post, which means you are probably thinking just as I was about “Going Vegan”.
Sometimes you just have to hear about someone else’s experience to consider the thought.
Well, you’re definitely in the right place to get some insight from an ex-meat eater perspective lol.
Well here goes: All of my life I’ve always been a little thicker than most of the girls I grew up with. Whenever we went out, I was always called “the thick one” by guys. I used to think I was “big boned” as my mama would say. I knew that couldn’t be true because I had small wrist bones. I knew there had to be another way. I’m 5’2 and always fluctuated between 175-180 lbs.
After I had my son, I breast fed for a few years and somehow kept the “baby fat” a few years longer than expected. I was 24 when I reached my heaviest weight: 205 lbs, and kinda just yo-yo’d a few pounds up and down. It wasn’t until I had an identity-crisis and started yelling out loud to God “Who Am I?”.
I assume God heard me, because the very next day, my best friend popped up at my door and asked if I heard of the Law of Attraction? I said No. From that moment, my spiritual journey began. That same night, my boyfriend at the time and hers made a date night of a delicious dinner and movie night to watch The Law of Attraction, and I was shocked out of my mind. My spirit immediately elevated, and I felt like I had crossed over into an unknown territory.
I was introduced to meditation, The Power of Now, by Eckhard Tolle. I began digging and researching like crazy and started reading self-help books by Eckhart, Dr. Wayne Dyer, and Osho. Books were my soul food and believe me, I was hungry. It was like my soul was thirsty for knowledge and remembrance. I knew there was so much more to life.
As I went through a huge Aha’ transformational period, I began believing that the inevitable was possible. Previously, I had been complaining about losing weight, and now seemed like the prime time.
One late night after work, I was chilling watching t.v. and saw the Insanity commercial with Shaun T, and he had me sold! I immediately ordered and followed the program to a tee. I did insanity religiously for 60 days and lost 50lbs and lost an additional 15 pounds that year, and kept it off! I got all the way down to 135lbs, and I couldn’t have been happier. I maintained my healthy weight for 3 years, and then life happened again.
Fast forward, one abusive and chaotic relationship later, I went through a deep depression and just lost the motivation to take care of myself. I felt all my spiritual work was shattered and my once brightly lit spirit was completely depleted. I didn’t know where to begin, and slowly over 2 years I gained a consistent 20 lbs.
At first I actually enjoyed having a little extra thickness on my thighs, and a bigger butt. It helped me begin to get my sexy back, I guess. My weight was fluctuating between 150-157, and still didn’t feel too bad. I’m 5’2 with a curvy shape, so I didn’t care too much.
I bet you’re like okay what does all this have to do with going vegan??
Yeah, I’m getting there! Chill.
In the summer of 2017, I decided to work from home, to have more time with my son, control and freedom over my schedule. I have a few online businesses that I run, and little did I know I was also running my health into the ground.
My schedule became so unorthodox, I was eating all around the clock (literally). Random times of the day I would have eggs, cheese and toast, with a large cup of coffee with I don’t know how many tablespoons of sugar. Sugar was a huge issue.
I forgot to mention I was a pescatarian, I haven’t ate red meat since after my son was born.
My major kryptonites were chocolate and cheese. My sweet tooth would creep out at random times, impulsively having me run to the grocery store for Snickers and Twix (I know it was bad). Omelettes were a must, drizzling in cheese and veggies.
Over 8 months, I gained 12 pounds and I was like “Oh Hell NO!
This is going too far”. To top it off, I was struggling with acne like a damn teenager, and I’m 31.
Life became so busy and overwhelming, I had a hard time picking myself up. I couldn’t find the energy to workout everyday, if I was lucky maybe twice per week.
All I can say is Meditation Woke Me Up!
I started to meditate more often than usual, I guess my soul had enough. Somehow I was lead to a Youtube video that was talking about “Raw Food Cleansing”, and my spirit confirmed that this was going to be our next move. I couldn’t even watch the whole video before my spirit moved me to go straight to the refrigerator, and throw out all the unnatural garbage that wasn’t serving me, and then I began to research Veganism. Once I found out information on how the human body functions and thrives on natural food, and how damaging it is to eat unnatural food, that did it for me!
A few days later, my family and I went to a local Farmer’s Market, and bought all fresh fruits, vegetables, oils, grains and nuts, and I am happy to say I have now been vegan for 2 weeks faithfully.
Thank the Universe that my family supports this decision, and we work together on this. My journey has been so much fun and easy to cope with. We look for great recipes to enjoy ( and no not all of them were good), workout daily, and encourage each other.
I can proudly say that I am very happy and satisfied with my decision, and there is no looking back.
Veganism is so beneficial in so many ways, it is hard to turn away from the beauty of it all. From health benefits, to economical, to Mother Earth, there is so much joy in knowing that all of the food I eat has it’s special purpose inside of me. I feel lighter, freer, and more energetic.
I would encourage anyone who is thinking about Veganism to try it. Give yourself at least 2 weeks or more, and I guarantee you will see and feel a transformation right before your eyes. Consult with your spirit before embarking on this journey, to be solid in your decision.
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I’ll be your sister in spirit to tell you, you are making one of the best decisions you’ve ever made!