There are so many different diets available, just google “weight loss diet”–you will get the Keto diet, weight watchers, Dr. Bernstein, a variety of cleanses and juicing.
Growing up I had always been told to eat less, more proteins and less carbs. That was the key to weight loss. I tried all fad diets, always looking for the easier way out.
In 2018 I did the Whole 30, which is essentially eliminating all potentially irritating foods for 30 days and bring them back in one at a time to see how your body reacts to them. What I discovered was that my body did not react well to dairy products.
When I started my current weight loss transformation I decided to go Vegan for 3 months, the trainer I hired was also Vegan so it only made sense.
A vegan diet is devoid of all animal products, including meat, eggs and dairy. I am not going to spend time talking about the environmental impact or the ethical concerns behind being a Vegan, that is not my place. I went Vegan to get myself to a healthier state–period.
A lot of people ask how they should transition to a plant-based or vegan diet. Honestly, it is not as hard as you think it is, one day I woke up and did not consume animal products. It is all about mindset. Instead of viewing food and saying I can’t eat that, it turned into a situation where I did not want to.
I struggled at first because it was so unknown for me so I did a lot of research. I spent a lot of time learning about my food options and then discovering how my body reacted to different foods.
Honestly if you knew me a couple of years ago, you would never imagine I could life on a vegan diet. I hated veggies!
I also eliminated added sugars, processed foods and any treats. Within the first 30 days, my body started to feel amazing. I had no bloating, no digestive issues and I had more energy than I knew what to do with. I woke up feeling energized and ready to go.
Prior to losing weight my blood pressure sat in the higher end of normal, typically around 142/90 and my heart rate was always in the 100s. As a nurse, it was funny to me that I give health advice yet I lead an unhealthy lifestyle. Now my blood pressure is lower and my resting heart rate is now in the 60s.
After doing much research, there are so many health benefits to leading a vegan lifestyle. This diet is effective in reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes, improving heart health, reducing risks of certain cancers, improving arthritis symptoms, improving kidney function and reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
I am not here to tell you to be vegan, that’s not my place, I would say when choosing a lifestyle, do your research and do what is best for you. The importance of this is to learn that limiting calories and carbs is not the answer to weight loss.
You should not have to feel hungry all the time or eat bowls of lettuce. In order for a diet to be effective for you, you need to love it. I used to view diets as a short-term thing, if I could get to my goal weight then I can eat what I want. Boy was I wrong!
I have recently moved past the point where I felt like I was on a diet. One day I was eating a plant-based burger and discovered this is my life, sure if I want to see changes in my body I can adjust my diet but for the most part this is what my new life looks like. And I am loving every minute of it!