It’s been a year since I unknowingly decided to change my life

One year ago today I decided to try eating a vegan diet. I had a long and very hard pregnancy with this little guy. I was nauseas all day every day, barely ever hungry and still throwing up until my third trimester. I figured once he was born I would feel better but I didn’t. He was over 2 months old and I was still just as sick. I started to make the connection that I always felt sick after eating meat and dairy, and eggs were the worst, I’d sometimes throw up within minutes after eating them. I happened to watch the documentary “What The Health” and that was the little push I needed to try a vegan lifestyle. Yeah, I only lasted 1 and a half weeks but within the first 3 days I honestly felt like an entirely different person. My moods evened, I was happier than I’d been in a long time, I wasn’t nauseas anymore. And one of the most surprising things that happened was losing weight fast… weight that I hadn’t been able to budge in 4 years. It wasn’t until almost 6 months later that I decided to commit to vegan for one year. It’s not easy being the only vegan I know but it’s so worth it and I honestly don’t think I will ever go back to the way I used to eat. I’ve lost 40lbs in the past year, I look at pictures like this and barely recognize my body. I only have 10lbs until I’m back at my pre-baby weight but even if I never get there that’s okay because my body and brain are so much happier this way. I still get headaches often but way less severe than I used to and no more nausea EVER. I’m still so blown away that food affects our entire bodies so much, it’s one thing to know it, it’s another thing to actually experience it. And possibly the craziest part is that I now see animals as more than just food. I had no idea that making this change would affect so much of who I am. I was just hoping to make my nausea go away and now I’m healthier than I’ve ever been (although my body definitely still has a lot of healing to do) and I’m way more confident in myself and who God created me to be. It’s a crazy feeling and I’m just so thankful that I took that first baby step on this day last year because who knows where I’d be right now if I hadn’t. #butistillmissreal🍕

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