How did I go from a 179 lb., size 12/14 (16 at one point!) woman to a 140 lb., size 2/4 woman? In early 2011 I was dealing with a stomach problem that resulted in an endoscopy and an H. Pylori infection. This occurred while attending college full-time, working and wearing my friends’ maternity pants (I wasn’t pregnant) to school. I had hit my lowest point with barely enough energy to walk the dogs let alone fit in my guilt-trips to the gym based on my previous day’s calorie intake. How could a 20-something, moderately active, otherwise healthy person be so physically miserable? Chronic headaches, debilitating menstrual cramps, stomach pain, fatigue/low energy, digestive issues, misdiagnoses, and general malaise were not part of the life I had envisioned for myself. By March I simply couldn’t take it anymore. My friend had told me about her sister’s raw vegan diet (which I originally scoffed at) and that whole day I ate only raw whole foods, mainly apples and carrots. Within the first few days of eating fruit and salads my chronic headaches, that normally lasted for weeks, were gone. My stomach and digestive problems disappeared, I have more than enough energy and I feel like my body is my friend again. I did the “Raw Food” way of life for 4 months and then transitioned through veganism, vegetarianism, flexitarian, paleo and now… COMMON SENSE. I believe that the perfect diet isn’t a diet, it’s a way of life that involves mainly organic plants, minimal sustainable protein, variety and a positive self-image.
I like to return to this page to update you on our progress, since now I have so much energy and vitality it’s hard to imagine that this was me! First came the diet change THEN came the energy to get lean and feel great. Now I bike, run, walk, kayak, hike – and have energy leftover! It’s a nice reminder that no matter where you are in life you can always change how you feel by taking one step at a time. Some days we fall off the wagon, so to speak, but a low-grade headache or stomach pain reminds me that it’s just not worth it – my body LOVES being healthy and I have no problem obliging!
I’ve been so fortunate to share my experience and knowledge with others in the community by teaching green smoothie classes of my own creation. I’ve taught them to incarcerated women, co-workers, friends and strangers. I am so thankful for this platform on which I can share all of that with YOU.
Before: Sarah size 12/14, 179 lb.
Welcome to my blog, friend. I hope you can find some ropes and inspiration here, to help keep your balance on the tipsy bridge of life.
“Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson