It all started about a year and a half ago. I was a pescitarian making changes gradually. I noticed I was only gaining more and more weight as the months turned to years.
I’ve been overweight all throughout my teen to adult years. I knew I wasn’t eating the best I could, and my lack of any food education was apparent. I always wanted to lose weight and get healthy but my reluctance lied in my insecurities and I never had the motivation to stand up and take charge of my life, until now.
At the start of the new year I decided enough was enough. I peaked my highest weight ever, 296. So I decided to go vegetarian. After a week I felt like it was too easy for me.
I started further educating myself on veganism and why it was the best option. Watching “Forks over Knives” “Vegucated” and “Food Matters” really hit home for me. Cruelty reasons alone made me finally realize I had to change. It all of a sudden clicked, “I’m supporting the killing of innocent animals for my own satisfaction” and it benefitted me in no way at all!
By the end of the month I decided to transition to veganism. My first couple of weeks were rough. I felt better, however I was scared and worried my life would be a constant struggle.
Side note, at 17 I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I’m currently 23.
I quickly learned that being vegan wasn’t as difficult as my mind made it out to be. Obviously it depends on where you live and what’s available. But here (Ft. Worth, TX) I have options and its enough to live worry/stress free.
This lifestyle change has completely shifted my perception on life. I feel confident, energetic and motivated to help others learn more about eating clean and loving themselves as well as all animals. I still have a goal I’d like to hit (100 pounds) but I’m happy to say that in 4 months I’ve lost 40 pounds and I feel absolutely amazing!
I truly believe in order to life a healthy life you must eat healthy foods. Seems straight forward, and it really is that easy.