I know I’ve touched base on this story before, but I felt like this was the right time and today was the right day to really go into depth on the topic. So sit back and enjoy my story/journey! Also, this is my 300th blog post! Woo hoo 😀 I love all my readers and couldn’t be happier with how far this blog has come in such a short time.
As far back as 2000, I remember being bigger or as my doctor loved to say “overweight/obese”. In my earlier years I was a typical girl, as soon as I hit puberty (9) however, it all went down hill. I started being the “chubby” girl who quickly escalated to the “curvy” girl in my high school years and then “damn, you’re big…” after graduation/late teens early twenties.
Soon after high school I became depressed. I had no social life, no close friends and I lived in my room 24/7. After a year or so I was fortunate enough to meet my incredible husband online, but that’s another story for another time.
So I’m now 19, I moved to another state (WI) to be with my at the time boyfriend (now husband) and I was eating the worst I’d ever have in my entire life. I’m talking double bacon cheeseburgers, double sundaes and large fries… daily and most of the time twice a day. It was disgusting. I was a mess but I was happy for a moment in time because food comforted me and that was my security blanket while being so far away from home and my family.
Soon after moving back to Texas I decided to follow in my middle sister’s footsteps. I became a pescitarian. Mainly to copy my sister at the time, but I did want a change in diet. So I was eating no meat, only drinking water and feeling like maybe this was good for me. However, about 3 months into it I started having new health problems and quickly added back in chicken to my diet.
Fast forward to Christmas 2012, I had been sort-of pescitarian for over a year, gaining weight by the handfuls monthly and I was at my lowest point ever. I hated myself, I felt like garbage, I was so uncomfortable in my skin and I blamed everyone around me for my mistakes/choices. I was a bitter, angry person that needed to lose weight before I was emitted for a heart attack. I peaked 296, 296! I was 22, 5’8″ and I weighed 296 pounds! It was bad, and I had to cut the shit and get my life together.
I made the choice of going vegetarian for New Years. A week into January 2013 I made the transition smoothly and I was so proud of myself! After a week I felt like it was too easy for me, I needed a bigger challenge.
I began researching what a vegan was, how they lived and if it was “healthy” to choose that lifestyle. Where I live, vegans aren’t common or at least not to me so I was worried this would be too hard for me and not possible with my environment/surroundings. I began ordering books, reading everything I could get my hands on and watching every single documentary on Netflix regarding plant-based living. I spent my time searching vegans on Instagram to see what they ate and if their quality of life was any different than mine currently. I instantly made tons of friends, had so much support and encouragement from complete strangers to make the transition and just go for it. So I did.
On January 28, 2013 I became vegan. I figured out what to eat, where to buy it and how to enjoy changing my entire perception on eating as well as my outlook on life. I made friends with similar mindsets that helped me find the strength in myself to make a change and finally accept myself for who I was and who I wanted to become.
After just a couple of weeks my energy was through the roof. I had always been very lethargic but I was now happy and ready to start my days and do things I wouldn’t normally bother with.
Now to back track, I have Hypothyroidism. I have since I was 17. That’s when my weight began to rise and my energy and mood were at an all time low.
So why did I go vegan?!
I went vegan because it finally clicked for me. I was not only harming myself, but I was supporting the corrupt food industry and putting myself above the lives of animals. Eating genetically modified, hormone injected meat isn’t life. I quickly learned I could live a better life, one of peace, completely cruelty-free and truly thrive. I understood what my actions caused and I decided I wanted to be apart of the solution and not the problem with our world. I made this choice because it’s better for me, our environment, the future and most importantly animals as a whole. I believe no animal should be eaten and I have no idea why I waited so long to finally see that. This lifestyle makes me happy and if I had to do it over again, I’d still be vegan. I finally live my life, love my life and feel amazing!
A friend of mine said it best; “If we are going to survive as a species, we need a more sustainable source of food! We can’t survive the way we harvest animals right now. We will run out of resources. There is no reason why we need to enslave and kill animals just because we acquired a taste for it. It is morally wrong to do so. And there is no difference between a cow and a dog. And finally it’s killing the environment! Meat intake is a huge contributing factor to global warming!”
Now as a disclaimer, I in no way insist everyone become vegan. This is what works for me and makes me happy. I urge those who are interested to do outside research and maybe go a week vegan or try cutting down on meat and in place add more fruits/veggies for better health. I don’t judge carnivores, I’m not a hypocrite. I use to be one so I can’t talk shit. But for peace of mind, please please do your homework. Find out what you’re eating, if you can’t read the ingredients odds are it’s not nourishing or supplementing your health in any way that’s remotely positive. Learn where your meat comes from, how it’s raised and what it’s fed. Do you really want to eat a chicken full of growth hormones, fed genetically modified corn? Is that going to help you internally live a long, healthy life? Just think about it and make the best choices for you, your health and your family.