I wasn't always vegan. And I surely wasn't always in good health. My body suffered from various health issues such as: malabsorption, cystic acne, asthma, poor digestion, chronic head aches, anemia, fatigue, low energy, and excess body fat.
Even though I felt that I ate healthy and did my best with exercise my body just seemed stuck in the same place.
I was counting calories and restricting my food while doing tons of cardio. I bought every Jillian Micheals workout DVD I could find and was willing to try any diet in hopes to lose weight and take control of my health.
When I discovered my daughter and I both had food allergies and intolerances that were contributing to many or our health problems, I threw away all the food in our house and switched to a plant-based diet overnight.
Within a few weeks I had more energy, I was able to run without getting short of breath, my head aches were gone, and my skin started to clear up. Not only did my health improve but I started losing weight effortlessly without counting calories or restricting food. My body was telling me that it was happy and I could feel the difference happening on the inside.
What I came to realize was that it's not just about the quantity of food we eat but more about the quality. When you eat food higher in vitamins and nutrients your body can absorb and use those foods to heal, cleanse, and detox.
I never imagined that something as simple as what I ate could change my life and my health forever. It would feel silly to me now to go back to eating animal products to invite back all those health issues I have long forgotten for a simple temporary pleasure.
It has been eight years now since I made the switch and have fallen in love with the food I eat and the way it makes me feel. I truly enjoy this lifestyle and creating high quality raw meals that others can enjoy too.