Before: 2011 After: 2013, 30 lbs lighter. Went from a pant size range of 9-11 to 4-5!
I was bought up on a rather balanced diet where a veggie serving was always on the plate. My brothers and I were string beans, often the slimmest in our classes and healthy. By 8-9th grade my mom worked more hours and home-cooked dinners were replaced with frozen dinners. Like many Americans I ate a diet of almost entirely processed food without even realizing it. I caught colds incredibly easily, my immune system being compromised by a lack of nutrients. Verrrrry slowly as to make detection trickier, weight crept on each year. Digestion was pain! Gas! Cramps! Every. Day.
Photo from a couple years back, at a Dr. Sketchy's event with my gummy bear & beer dinner.
After a break-up with my then-boyfriend and a proverbial break-up with my copywriting job I channeled new time and energy into completely changing my diet. I found a book on break-outs at the thrift store that boasted an anti-inflammatory diet for immediate break-out healing. (Shared here.) I know it works because my break-out was significantly better in just three days! After years of trying and failing to improve the condition of my skin, it was proof I needed that diet is the solution to 99% or more of our health problems. I slowly continued to improve, going from pescetarian with loads of vegetables to vegetarian, to raw vegan over a few months. For the first time in my life I was losing weight and keeping it off.
Now I adore being mostly raw vegan (there are cooked meals and treats here and there) for the ease (mostly just blending up meals in my vital vitamix). The food is delicious, the health benefits fast and visible. It used to be hard for me to even go one week without eating meat or junk food, I never thought I'd be where I am, but it's easier than you'd think when the changes are gradual. I believe the before photo was taken near my peak at 164ish, now I've plataued at 134, within the healthy weight range for my height (126-140). I'd like to lose another 10 lbs but I'm not rushing it. I have so much energy it's hard to sleep, am rarely sick, and never have digestive problems unless I sneak in processed food.
Do you need to be an insane raw vegan extremist to feel a difference from eating fruits and veggies? Hell no! But I do recommend stuffing in as many raw unprocessed fruits as veggies as possible, even changing out your lunch for a huge salad and your breakfast with a fruit smoothie can make a big difference. Fruits and vegetables are investment for your health, saving you on medical bills in the long run. As the wise father of western medicine Hippocrates said, "Let Food be Thy Medicine". And now you know why I won't shut the hell up about my vegetables! I hope you'll continue to try raw vegan recipes I'll share in the future! I do believe I'll share some easy vegan recipe ideas for Thanksgiving tomorrow.
Got any weight-loss stories to share? Questions? Tips? I'll answer any questions in the comments :) I'm sharing all this to encourage others who were in my shoes, I honestly thought I'd never lose weight, it can be a slow and discouraging process, but it's totally possible. Making it about getting healthy and stuffing yourself with delicious fruits and vegetables and not the number on the scale makes it easy!