I have had this blog for quite a while now, and I thought it might be nice to share a bit about myself and why I eat the way I do. Up until recently I have been quite shy about my blog, as it hasn’t always received the best response among my social group. I am feeling more confident in who I am lately and want to be able to share more about myself and the things I am passionate about, as a way to connect with you all.
One of the reasons I adopted a plant based diet was because I have Familial Hypercholesterolemia, which apart from being a mouthful, means my body produces excess levels of cholesterol regardless of how much saturated fat and cholesterol I consume. When I found out, my options were either take medication for the rest of my life, or live with the risk of heart disease at an early age! I didn’t like the sound of either of these options, however, finding out at a time where I was unaware of the impact of diet on the body, I was put on medication for my last few years of high school (even though I avoid medication where I can).
As I became more conscious of the food I was eating, and where it was coming from, I transitioned to a vegetarian diet, but unfortunately I still had a lot to learn. A lot of the time I was a ‘junk food’ vegetarian, and thought that because I wasn’t eating meat I was doing myself, the animals and the planet a favour, where in actual fact I was consuming awful amounts of dairy, I ate foods high in saturated fat, sodium, and a lot of processed foods. At this point I was off my medication, and found that my cholesterol levels were through the roof.
I soon became interested in a vegan diet from both a nutritional and ethical perspective, and decided to trial it. I managed to reduce my cholesterol levels below what they were when I was medicated!!! I haven’t had to take medication to this day, and as long as I maintain a low fat, low sodium plant based diet (which lets be honest, is the best/yummiest way to go), I avoid the risk of reverting back to dangerous levels.
Additionally to this, I have lost a total of about 7 kilos, I feel less sluggish, have much more energy, I also feel in control of my anxiety (something I have suffered with for years). It may sound strange to some, but a vegan diet has completely shifted my approach to life. I am so much more in tune with my body, I am positive, and live in each moment as it comes. It feels so good to know that I am significantly benefiting myself, hundreds of animals and our planet.
Don’t you think it’s incredible the way the food that we eat can harm or heal us? I really believe in the power of nutrition to cure illness, and I want to be able to share this knowledge with you - as it’s turned out, I am a walking example of what wholesome, nourishing food can do to the body!
I hope you enjoy me sharing my experience of veganism with you, and feel free to ask any questions or just have a chat with me :)
Love and gratitude,