I got to weigh myself last week. I hadn’t done so in about 6 weeks. I used to be completely controlled by the scale. It would either completely depress me or make my day depending on what it said. And I would obsess over it. I would weigh myself several times a day, which really, did me no good. I would pay no attention to the fact that my blood sugar numbers were getting better and better, or that my clothes were fitting better or that I could run a half mile. Nope, if that scale wouldn’t budge, I’d let it ruin my entire day and questions every thing.
Officially since going vegan I have lost 50 pounds. In the past 6 weeks (since I last weighed myself) I’ve lost 15 pounds. In the beginning of going vegan weight loss was slow – mainly because I was still getting the hang of it. Now the weight seems to be melting off with ease. It should be noted that overall, from about9 years ago I’ve lost 120 pounds. It took me YEARS to lose the first bit of weight, it took working out HOURS a day, and the idiotic diets you can imagine, seriously, STUPID diets. I went on a variety of pills, I came very close to having surgery, I worked out 4 or more hours a day. After going vegan, I still work out – in fact I LOVE it, but the weight loss is SO much easier, I can hardly believe it.
If you are vegan curious and you are wondering about weight loss and being vegan, let me tell you that NOTHING else will work for you as well as going vegan will. You are probably reading this, you’ve tried all these different diets, you try working out, you try anything that is a best seller. You might lose a few pounds, but it never sticks, and even if it does, you feel like crap. You hate counting calories, you hate worrying so much about what you are eating. And worse yet? You feel like it’s all your fault, because you have NO will power, and you can’t just have one of ANYTHING and you are tired and depressed and you might as well just go get your intestines cut up and try that because nothing is going to work. You hate the way your body looks, you hate the way you feel, you never have energy. You wish you could work out, but getting out of bed is hard enough. Right? Because that is how I felt every single day up till I figured out this vegan stuff.
So why does eating animal products keep you fat? There are a lot of great resources on the subject, but I will try to explain it as simply as I can. Animal products take A LOT for your body to digest, I don’t care if you are 120 pounds or 400 pounds, eating a slab of steak is going to be hard for your body to digest. When you consume animal products it slows down your body, it doesn’t do anything good for it in the way of energy. And the more protein you eat, the less energy you will have -especially if you are depriving yourself of good carbs. And let’s not forget, all of those animal products? Have a TON of chemicals in them. Chemicals that are causing you to be addicted to them. Cheese is one of the best examples of this… (I’ll let PCRM explain it better)
“Cow’s milk-or the milk of any other species, for that matter-contains a protein, called casein, that breaks apart during digestion to release a whole host of opiates, called casomorphin. A cup of cow’s milk contains about six grams of casein. Skim milk contains a bit more, and casein is concentrated in the production of cheese.
If you examined a casein molecule under a powerful microscope, it would look like a long chain of beads (the “beads” are amino acids-simple building blocks that combine to make up all the proteins in your body). When you drink a glass of milk or eat a slice of cheese, stomach acid and intestinal bacteria snip the casein molecular chains into casomorphin of various lengths. One of them, a short string made up of just five amino acids, has about one-tenth the pain-killing potency of morphine.
What are these opiates doing there, hidden in milk proteins? It appears that the opiates from mother’s milk produce a calming effect on the infant and, in fact, may be responsible for a good measure of the mother-infant bond. No, it’s not all lullabies and cooing. Psychological bonds always have a physical underpinning. Like it or not, mother’s milk has a drug-like effect on the baby’s brain that ensures that the baby will bond with Mom and continue to nurse and get the nutrients all babies need. Like heroin or codeinecasomorphin slow intestinal movements and have a decided anti\diarrhea effect. The opiate effect may be why adults often find that cheese can be constipating, just as opiate painkillers are.”
When I first went vegan, the first few weeks were hell. I felt like a drug addict in detox. I had mood BAD swings, I sweat like crazy, I felt sick to my stomach. My body was detoxing from all of the junk I had been putting into it for so long. All of those animal products that you are eating? They don’t just nicely slaughter or use the animal and then give it to you completely fresh and free of anything in it. Nope. They pump that animal full of hormones, antibiotics, steroids and sugar and then they slaughter it, which I won’t get into right now, but the ways they do this aside from being disgusting are bad for YOUR health. The way they get eggs or milk is absolutely horrifying as well. Then when they get it, they have to put all sorts of preservatives and chemicals into it so that you can go and buy your ground beef, and hope the rotting flesh stays fresh for at least a few more days so that it won’t kill you when you eat it. Same thing goes for milk and cheese, you get it after a lot has been done to it. You get it after it’s been pumped full of things that your body has no clue what to do with.
Why do they pump the animals full of stuff? The food industry is greedy. They know by pumping a chicken full of hormones it will grow, they know that by injecting large amounts of sugar into pigs that they will plump up really fast, most of those animals you are eating are diabetic when they are slaughtered. They then tell you to cook your meat to 160 degrees, because they know if you don’t you won’t cook out all of the diseases, chemicals, and other junk they put into the animal. They can get away with contaminated meat going out to your grocery store as long as they put that sticker on it that says to cook to a certain high heat. Same goes with all the places you are eating out. And I can assure you that the places you are eating out are a billion times worse, because they are going to be getting the cheapest food possible in order to make more money.
We’ve somehow accepted all of this in our society. We have made eating animal products a right and we have allowed a multi trillion dollar industry to convince us that it is the only way to eat and thrive. And go figure, that we keep getting fatter, diabetes keeps getting worse, more people get cancer, and the common factor? Animal products. Plenty of studies have been done in societies or groups of people who have no animal products in their diet. The results are always the same, they are healthier, by a mile.
We as a society are so advanced in so many ways, but somehow we have allowed a lot of misinformation to win over sound judgment and science. But that doesn’t have to be you anymore, now does it?
Yes, it is hard to get yourself off of all of the stuff you are currently eating. Yes, you will feel like crap for 3 weeks or so. But isn’t that worth it?
Once it all starts kicking in, your body will start digesting like a champ. You will have more energy because your body won’t be fighting so hard to process all the junk you are putting into it.You will lose your addictions, and you will all of sudden no longer feel the need to binge, or to overeat. Because really? Who is going to binge on kale? The single most noticeable thing regarding my weight loss and going vegan, is that I lost the desire to over eat. This used to be a really big problem for me. And I always blamed myself for not being strong enough. It turns out I was an addict. Plain and simple, I could only go for so long with depriving myself by eating small amounts of certain foods before I went crazy and ate an entire pizza.
You have to do what is best for your body, if you want to see results, and if you want to avoid a lot of bad stuff down the road. If you are overweight right now, you can choose to make that change now, you can choose to make it before things get a lot worse, or you can wait, and take your chances. I wish I had made the changes I did YEARS ago. I spent so many nights crying myself to sleep because I felt like failure. I spent so many days hating myself for not being strong enough. And in the end, it took me eating the way that my body was intended to consume foods. And it was really nothing in the end. All the fighting against it, and it turned out to be really easy after a few weeks. And now it’s so easy I don’t think about it. I do not have cravings for animal products, I do not smell pizza and lose my mind. I am thriving. My body is working like it’s supposed to. Accept that you might be addicted to some of the foods you are eating, and make a decision to break the addictions. What is the worst that will happen from you not eating animal products?
This week, I am going to be focusing on what you watch, read and listen to in the way of advertising and how it effects your waistline and your health. Start paying attention to the things that are advertised to you. And start asking yourself if those companies have your best interest at heart. Ask yourself for every commercial you see with animal products being advertised, when was the last time you saw a commercial for spinach or black beans, or really anything that was whole and good for you.Start asking yourself: Who benefits from me being addicted to certain foods?