Sometimes I can’t get over how much has changed in a year for me. I’m currently sitting in a little beach house near the Ocean getting ready to go for a run while sipping on a green power smoothie. This seems normal for me, and a year ago getting ready to get out of bed would have been a challenge. So I thought I’d do a bit of a comparison of where I was a year ago and where I was today. I feel like there should be dark thunder clouds over the first part of this, you’ll just have to imagine that for yourselves, and when it gets to the happy part imagine rainbows and sunshine, because that’s what it’s all like.
A year ago:
We were living near DC thinking that we’d never be able to leave, and really it wasn’t a possibility since I was so sick all the time.
My diabetes was so out of control that nothing would help it.
I was working out 3-4 hours a day trying to get better.
I was on a very high protein “healthy” diet.
I had 2 trainers and a nutritionist.
I had arthritis in both of my feet, one more so than the other, and it caused severe pain.(from the diabetes)
I had nerve damage in the tops of both of my feet (from the diabetes)
I had a sores on my legs that would not heal, one severe enough that partial amputation was said more times than I will ever be comfortable with.
I was severely prepossessed.
My BP was always running high.
Despite a “healthy” diet my cholesterol was not lowering like it should.
I could never sleep.
I had severe panic especially at night, because I was terrified I would not wake up in the morning. (which was a possibility with the high sugar I was having)
I was constantly fighting with food, trying to fight cravings and food addictions.
I was constantly bloated and felt even more big than I was.
I was almost 100 pounds heavier.
I didn’t know anything about how my body worked.
I only trusted my doctors.
I was on 8 medications.
I had severe hormone problems, and was told that there was a very very small chance I’d ever have children.
I cried A LOT.
I thought there was no hope for me.
I knew nothing about the food and pharmaceutical companies at large.
I had never taken time to really understand the biology of how my body works.
I NEVER EVER thought that I could become a vegan, nor did I really want to, I thought it would be too extreme, too difficult to learn and not healthy for me.
TODAY *(CUE sunshine and rainbows)
We moved from DC and now travel full time to beautiful places… I don’t have to worry about my illness anymore.
My diabetes is completely in control and hopefully soon will be declared “reversed”
I still work out, but no longer have to 3-4 hours a day. I feel great with an hour, and burn all the calories I need to now.
I’m on a complete healthy plant based diet, and have moved to doing more and more raw foods. (okay, there IS the occasional vegan brownie, but it’s OCCASIONAL)
I have a support team of thousands of other vegans who have reached out and have helped me in so many ways, it would be another huge list.
I no longer have arthritis or nerve damage in my feet.
No more sores on the leg – when I get a cut on my leg now it heals with in days.
I no longer have hormone issues, and when I’m ready (like when I get the rest of the weight off) I can have children.
I am severely happy.So much so that when I got to sleep I can’t wait to wake up in the morning. Every day is like that now.
My BP is perfect , and my recovery time in work outs is in seconds.
My cholesterol is also perfect (that’s what you get for not eating cholesterol!)
I fall asleep and do not have panic anymore when I fall asleep.
I don’t fight with food or addictions anymore. Now I LOVE food and what it does for my body.
I don’t have the water retention issues that would cause my legs to “weep” and severe edema.
I am almost 100 pounds lighter.
I listen to doctors, but always research every thing that I can regarding my body.
I am on … NO medications. And I haven’t been sick in a year.
I am happy A LOT
I have done more research on food and companies that profit from illness than I probably ever wanted to learn. Following the money trail has helped change my life.
I’ve read books/journals to make sure that I understand my body and how it works, I don’t take it for granted anymore, or trust people to learn for me.
I can not imagine or even remember when I was not vegan, and think that it is the most fulfilling way I have ever consumed food. Being vegan has changed my entire perspective on life, and the lives of other creatures, has made me aware of things that I did not know I needed to be aware of. When I say that it has changed every thing, I truly mean it.
I now know there is HOPE not just for me, I’ve met thousands of people who have had transformations even more than I have. Every day I meet people who can not believe how they lived before, and every day I’m more thankful that I took the time to really research and discover what living on a plant based diet was all about, and most of all, I learned it wasn’t all about me! It was about millions of beautiful living creatures and it was about this beautiful Earth we live on.