I was talking to a friend online this morning who also has a lot of weight to lose. They are working really hard, and soon will be a part of a very rare club.. the 100 pound lost club. Losing 100 pounds seems to be monumental to most people, but for people who are very obese, it’s just one milestone that has to be reached to propel yourself to the next 100 or more pounds.
Having over 100 pounds to lose is something that I do not think most of the population can really grasp. And most of the population thinks it could never happen to them, when the reality is, it is happening to thousands of people. And it’s not hard, it happens gradually over time, and it happens to people who had no intention of being obese.
I’ve said many times that my reason for becoming vegan is much more complex than health or weight loss. I often feel like I should devote more of my time to writing about animal rights and talking about cruelty. However, I can not imagine that anyone really and honestly believes that what is done to animals is right. Animals are tortured and killed in horrific ways. I know that people do not truly believe it’s right, because the truth is if we were talking about dog fighting everyone would be up in arms, wanting people to go to jail. And dog fighting is really absolutely nothing compared to what goes on in the animal industry. Because, there is absolutely no difference. Either animals are brutally killed for greed and so we can keep up our food addictions, or they are tortured (like in the dairy industry) and then killed.
Being that I can not see what more information someone might need on the animal rights side of things, I am left to think that it’s our addictions, and our severe lack of knowledge that has lead us to living in this very barbaric way. This is something that I did not come to realize until a year ago, when this entire journey started for me.
I’ve decided to write a series on being fat, and losing fat. It’s going to be a very raw, unfiltered series. It’s not just for people who are overweight, but for people who have loved ones that are. I think that we are not talking about the things that need to be talked about. We’re not talking about addictions, emotions, we’re not talking about fears. We aren’t talking about the possibility that the reason we have no regard for the lives of other living things, because we ourselves have no regard for our own lives anymore..
I’ve been obese since the age of 11. I’ve had over 100 pounds to lose since the age of 12. My life has been all about being fat. I’ve gone thought some of the worst pain because of my weight, I’ve suffered physical because of complications from my weight, I have hated every single day of being obese. And I tried every thing to lose weight. I’ve been on more diets than I can even remember at this point.
I’m not here to tell anyone that becoming vegan is going to magically make you lose weight. I will say that it is a really good start. And it will certainly make things a lot easier if you are putting things in your body that were meant to be there. We were not meant to eat animal products – plain and simple. They are not supposed to be in our bodies, and by forcing them to be, we cause all sorts of problems, like weight gain, diabetes, heart disease and cancers. So yes, going plant based will help you with the weight loss side of things, however there are a lot of other barriers to break through. In order to break through those barriers, losing all of your physical addictions is a must… and that is what I will be covering tomorrow. Physical addictions to food and what detox looks like.