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Considering Veganism After Reading Eat to Live
I went vegetarian years ago because of how animals were treated, then slowly slipped back into animal consumption and continued to blindly consume animal products for another eight years or so. After reaching an enormous 223 pounds, I tried a raw vegan diet without much success and quickly gave that up.
The vegetarian and vegan lifestyle has always appealed to me, but seemed like a world so out of my reach. I did eventually lose about thirty pounds or so through calorie restriction and juice fasts, but you can imagine where that got me.
After the birth of my 2nd child I have now lost nine pounds past the initial baby fat loss and I've been stuck in this calorie restriction/ binge cycle. My weight is not doing a thing, I don't feel well, and as you can imagine my self-esteem is low.
I recently came across the Eat to Live book while searching for yet another starvation diet. I ordered the book immediately and am devouring it! I can't get enough of this information. It makes so much sense and totally makes the American diet look extreme and not the vegan.
I started the vegan diet before even receiving the book, mostly to start the healing and weight loss process. Before reading the book I was considering adding back some animal products after eight weeks of a strict vegan diet.
But after what I've read and all the years of my unhealthy eating, I'm considering never eating animal products again! Right now I feel very new and vulnerable and alone. I know there are many vegans in my area and I am going to try to seek them out for support. I know what I'm doing is the right thing and look forward to a life of health!
I want to send a huge amount of congratulations to you not just for trying a new diet, but for considering turning it into a new lifestyle and especially for seeking help when you know you might need it.
Losing weight and regaining the sense of our selves that we sometimes lose over the process of unhealthy eating always takes time and is usually emotionally draining. I think it's important that you allow yourself the right to feel whatever emotions come up without judging yourself for those thoughts. And, try not to scold yourself too much if you make a mistake or slip back into old eating habits. Sometimes just allowing yourself the right to make mistakes without it being the end of the world (or new diet) can make a huge difference.
While you are working on the internal struggle, I hope Dr. McDougall's diet will help you to feel better as well. It takes some time to detox off of unhealthy foods and to kick the cravings for those foods, but once you do, it opens your senses to a whole new world of food. There's nothing like fresh fruits and vegetables in the world, and when you dig out from the world of starvation diets and learn to really enjoy good, whole food, you will eventually stop craving any of the bad stuff and start craving the good stuff.
You are doing great so far-- nine pounds less than your pre-baby weight is really something to celebrate, and is certainly a milestone. One of many milestones in your future.
I urge everyone reading this to offer their support and words of encouragement to this lovely woman, and if you have specific experience with battling weight loss and yo-yo dieting, please share it. We have a chance to help someone who wants to be part of the compassionate world of veganism badly!