About Me

I grew up on the standard American diet.  Milk, cheese, cereal, meat, etc.  I was a very picky eater as a child.  Even into adulthood there were foods I refused to eat, even some I had not even given a chance.  I was not an overweight child, about average in high school.  I think within 2 years after high school, I began gaining weight.  Stress and extremely bad choices in foods were the culprit but I really didn’t know it for years.

Throughout the years I have tried diet plan after diet plan.  Losing some but gaining it back almost immediately.  I think the most weight I had lost was 25-30 lbs going to meetings, which was a blessing to me, I really needed the support system.  That being the most I had ever lost, I was elated.  Then the weight came right back on…plus more!

In 2006 my weight reached to highest ever the year following the death of my brother.  I ate away my feelings of grief.  In 2010, I made a conscience decision to lose the weight.   I saw the doctor in March of 2010 and although my weight was 10 lbs lighter than in 2006, I still had about 80 lbs to lose.  I began tracking the foods I ate on my own, and lost about 15 lbs on my own.  I then joined a support group and got weighed every week…the support was amazing but my weight only came down 15 lbs with them.

During this time, my family began a physical fitness regimen.  Three of my kids began taking karate classes and my husband and I began taking kickboxing classes.  I was excited, I finally found that I enjoyed exercise, who knew I would enjoy kicking and punching something…such a great stress reliever.  I didn’t lose much weight but I felt fantastic, I was getting very strong and had some great endurance.

For a couple of years, I have been reading lots of books and learning about vegetarianism.  I really never thought it would work for me.  I thought it would be extremely difficult to give up some of my favorite foods.  I decided I needed to take my health and nutrition to a new level, not just vegetarian but trying a plant based diet.  So May 10,2011 was the first day of my eating a plant based diet.  I made the decision to cut all animal products out of my diet.  At the same time I also took out sugar.  Some people called me crazy for cutting all of those products at once but, I felt that was the best for me.  Within a week, I was surprised to feel the energy!  Within 7 weeks eating a plant based diet, I have lost about 17 lbs.  My hair is not as greasy as it was, and I seem to have fewer headaches.  My blood pressure was never high, but it has gone down.

At this time, I am just about 50 lbs lighter than I was when I saw the doctor in March 2010.  I will continue to eat a plant based diet for the rest of my life.  My husband has joined me in this new lifestyle as has 2 of my children.  I tell my kids, especially the picky one, to give some of the foods I have been making a chance.  One day, I believe she too will begin to see how this lifestyle can make a person feel.  With diabetes and heart disease in both my husbands and my families, I feel I owe it to my children to teach them about nutrition.

1 response to About Me

  1. Congratulations on your achievements!

    I myself lost 60lbs after adopting a vegetarian diet and still on my way to achieving my goal. I started my own healthy living blog that I wanted to ask if you could kindly add to your list of healthy blogs.

    Thanks and good luck on the rest of your journey.

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