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TRIGGER WARNING⚠️ touching on my drug / binge eating disorders, my recovery and how I went vegan/plant based.
Note: jump down to the ⭐️ to continue reading from my instagram post!
Just about 7 years plant based vegan and not a day goes by that I don’t think about this movement and the peace it has brought me. Physically, I have never held this much muscle / strength and mentally I have never felt this clear, strong and in control of my emotions!
No calorie counting, no obsessive fitness routines, no weighing my body or food. I like walks and hiking and yoga .. I love smoothies, ice cream, cookies, sushi, pasta, oatmeal, burritos and pizza! I don’t worry about portion sizes or calories, my digestion is the best it has ever been (thank god), my energy is clear and calm and I feel in control of who I am and what I bring to this world! I have dreams, a bright future, a passionate career, the best partner in life I could ask for and I am healing more and more each day, month, year I live vegan, intuitive and plant based.
⭐️I am not big on before/after photos and most definitely against weighing or measuring your body! If anyone is asking you to track your body weight, measure your hips or thighs, count calories, calculate macros or whatever other nonsense adults want us to focus on these days - tell them to BUZZ OFF!
I am still always a little taken back when I see photos from my past - I am not overly keen on before/after photos but none the less! The photo on the left was taken prior to my binge eating disorder, prior to my obsessive dieting ☠️ and in the midst of my drug addiction (I was out of my mind this day) - phase 1 of my poor health journey. I was at a ‘normal’ weight (this was before I began binge eating and gained over 40lbs) BUT 😶 my entire health and well being was in the gutter no matter what size/weight I was.
I was obliterated at the beach with boyfriend at the time. He ended up passing away from a drug overdose while I was at my first stay in rehab treatment facility near Lancaster, PA. You would think this would kick me into gear, get me sober for good, put me on the right path. I mean, people around me are dying from this stuff, right!?! Yet, within a month of coming home from months away, I was right back in treatment and feeling more lost than ever.
I continued on this destructive path. Continuing to binge drink, developing a severe binge eating disorder, gaining over 40lbs in just a few months. Then came phase 2: a cycle of binge/restrict cycles that ripped my mental and physical health apart. My gut health was at its worst, my anxiety and OCD had me feeling completely out of control and I had no goals or dreams.. let alone a stable job, friendship or relationship.
Then I stumbled upon veganism .. I found plant based ... and I found myself again. I didn’t go vegan for the animals. In all honesty, I didn’t even know what vegan meant up until about 6 months into the lifestyle! But I am vegan for myself, for the animals and for the environment. And damn proud of it!
I am so grateful for instagram / social media - because it led me to the women who were already 5-10-15 years into this lifestyle .. the ones that inspired me to give it a shot. Now, I hope to inspire men and women all over the world to try this lifestyle and give themselves what they deserve .. in turn helping themselves, saving animals AND helping sustain and heal the environment of this planet!
Veganism is the easiest yet most impactful change I have made in my entire life. I can only hope that more and more give veganism/plant based a chance - even just implementing some of the lifestyle changes!! Because nobody can argue that eating less processed and more plant based isn't going to make them feel better!
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