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The Story: From Junk Food to a Vegan Diet

Another Story about a successfully transition to a vegan diet

My own transition from meat eater to vegan diet was not easy.

I love stories of other people who have made this transition.
The interesting thing, after the successful transition everyone feels much healthier. All have more life energy and all lose weight.

Unfortunately, there is too many meat eater.
How can we convert the meat eater?
Waived all animal products and has been vegan!
Are you vegan? You save the planet! Give me a vote!

 

How To Successfully Transition From Junk Food To A Vegan Diet

Until three years ago, I was a total sugar addict. My diet primarily revolved around chocolate, cookies, fizzy sweets, peanut butter, and jam eaten straight from their jars, and some pesto pasta here and there. It was absolutely delicious and seemed totally normal at the time. Then, in June 2011 I became extremely ill overnight. It started off with an insanely swollen stomach (so swollen that I looked at least six months pregnant) and a hangover-like feeling—very groggy, lethargic, aching all over my body, and so on. After five days, my symptoms hadn’t changed, so I went to the first of hundreds of doctors appointments.

Over the next four months I did a hospital tour of London, visiting countless specialists and undergoing every test that they could think of. As my symptoms worsened—I was losing my vision, becoming unbearably dizzy every time I stood up, and was in constant pain to the point that all I could do was sleep—the doctors got increasingly confused, as all the test results were inconclusive and seemed to show that there was nothing wrong. Of course this lead to me being accused a few times of having a psychological illness, which was beyond frustrating—who would to choose to look pregnant and sleep all the time?

In September I finally got a diagnosis: I had Postural Tachycardia Syndrome, which is effectively a breakdown of your autonomic nervous system. This is quite an issue, as your autonomic nervous system controls almost everything that goes on in your body—your heart rate, blood pressure, circulation, immune system, digestion, and more. For six months I followed my doctor’s advice, taking an array of different medications and steroids, assuming that if I took my pills properly, I would surely get better. Sadly, that wasn’t the case, and in January, after a disastrous attempt at a romantic getaway in Marrakech (which ended up in me being brought home semi-conscious in a wheelchair), I realized that it was time for me to take some responsibility for what was going on with my body.

Over the next few weeks I started researching natural healing, and came across an amazing woman named Kris Carr who had dealt with her cancer through changes in diet. I was so inspired that I decided that moment I was starting a plant-based, whole foods diet. There were a few issues, though. First of all, I didn’t like plants. Secondly, I had no idea what whole foods even were, and thirdly, I couldn’t cook! Nevertheless, I was determined to try, so for the next three months I ate the same easy-to-make things every day. Porridge with blueberries and bananas for breakfast (the fruit I’d put in right at the beginning, and mush down to the bottom so I’d forget it was there), then for lunch I would eat buckwheat bread with mashed avocado. Dinner was brown rice pasta with a vegetable sauce, which I’d make by just throwing veggies in a saucepan with some olive oil and tomato puree. It was all really delicious, but became a little monotonous, as you can imagine. I had continuous food envy, and dreamt of all the foods I missed—most of all the taste of something sweet. I have to admit that this did lead to some late-night candy binges, as I was just craving it so much. I’d feel so ill afterwards and would always regret it, but at the time I really just felt that I needed it.

 

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