I became vegan after reading the book “Skinny Bitch” by Kim Barnoin (if you haven’t read this book, I highly recommend it, even if you have no desire to be vegan). It literally scared me into being healthy. This was about 5 years ago and I was at the heaviest and most unhealthy point of my life at that time. I had just transferred to Grand Valley and was continuing my education to get my bachelor’s degree. I moved about 3 hours from home so I didn’t have any friends yet and no family around.
*In case you don’t know, vegan means no meat or dairy. Nothing that comes from an animal, which also includes honey.
I was vegan for the first year at Grand Valley and I felt the best I had ever felt. I lost over 50 pounds in one year with this vegan lifestyle. I was eating fresh organic fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, whole grains, beans and legumes, and specialty vegan items I found at my local grocery store such as veggie burgers and other frozen vegan foods. I felt all around happier and healthier. My skin had no blemishes, my hair was silky smooth, and I swear in a year I didn’t got sick.
My typical eating day looked like this:
Breakfast – Fruit smoothie
Snack – Almonds OR another type of nut or seed OR Hummus and veggies
Lunch – Whole grain tortilla, beans, avocado, salsa, lettuce, tomato OR Red beans, whole grain rice, hot sauce
Snack – Apples and peanut butter (my all-time favorite)
Dinner – Veggie burger and sweet potato fries and a vegetable
Snack – Spring rolls
After a year, it became very difficult for me to stick to the vegan lifestyle. I started to make friends and could go out more and was around people who didn’t have the same lifestyle as I did. I stopped being vegan my senior year of college, but I continued down the path of being healthy and continued to lose weight (with the help of exercise).
It was the most amazing feeling for me to be that healthy. I was strong, confident, and my self-esteem was through the roof. I am currently dabbling in the idea of changing my lifestyle back to being vegan or at least vegetarian to start. As I have said before, after the trauma, I gained over 60 pounds and I am the heaviest and most unhealthy I have ever been (even worse than 5 years ago). Food was my coping mechanism but now that I’m feeling stronger mentally I hope to be able to come back to this topic in a few months and share my progress with you all.
**Being vegan worked for me, but keep in mind it does not work for everyone. Everyone has a different body and everyone’s body reacts to foods differently. I encourage anyone who has the correct knowledge on being vegan and wants to change their lifestyle to try it. If it doesn’t work for you, find a healthy lifestyle that does work for you. If you are curious about changing your lifestyle or want to talk nutrition with me, I am more than happy to share my knowledge. You can comment on this post below or you can shoot me an email firstname.lastname@example.org