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This is a post that I’ve been wanting to make for a while, and I want to stress that this is my own personal results and please don’t take this as medical advice of any kind. I’m not a doctor, dietician or nutritionist, this is just a personal recount of how I personally feel, and the positives and strengths I have gotten from becoming vegan. For clarity I will hit my four-year mark in November.

I never became vegan to get health, it was a choice for the environment and the animals, so all the benefits that came with this was extra, that I wasn’t expecting.

I don’t know how many people have watched My 600lb Life, but while I wasn’t there yet, I feel like if I didn’t change like I did I would have been there. I started watching this show right after I went vegan and what the people on the show had been saying had stuck me. I was 100% that mindset when it came to my body and food. While I didn’t know it at the time I was 100% overeating, and eating unhealthy, which is crazy to think about now but the understanding of nutrition is very low in the US, and most of us have to learn about it from our parents who grew up poor and ate to stay fuller longer, and grew up poor ourselves and did the same.

I do remember having a nutrition class in high school but that was the biggest joke. I have binge ate most of my adult life unless I was on a fad diet or when I became vegan. I think a lot of the stories on that show I related to because I was there, I had that childhood trauma where my old stepmother who I talked about in another blog post was narcissists, and a lot of my issues with food come from what she did to my twin and I. From when she would feed us food that we didn’t like, to when she did want to feed us because we got sick, and when she couldn’t cook so everything was gross. Once I was at friends, school, etc I would overeat to the point I would hurt, I would eat fast because I thought food would disappear, and I think these things had a lot to do with my relationship with food, and I think this was the major reason I have had issues.

Besides overeating as an adult, I have a problem with throwing food away and I had to eat it, if I was at a restaurant then I had to finish the plate, I would buy single servings of food so I didn’t overeat (and I still do that), and watching other people not take their leftovers from places, or throwing food away made me very upset. It was a very bad cycle. So, while I didn’t have the same childhood trauma as the people on the show, I did have my own that has affected me.

A lot of the people on My 600lb life talked about how they thought about food non-stop, from the time they woke up to the time they went to bed, that was my life. I would eat and then think about when can I eat again? I would eat to feel better, and then when I was done I would feel disgusted with myself and wonder when I could eat again to feel better again. I lived to eat, and if I wasn’t eating I wasn’t happy, food was the most important part of my life, and I didn’t see it at the time but food was my coping mechanism. I hated my body, even if I lied to myself and said I was okay with it, so I was in denial. One of the biggest things was that I had always told myself that I didn’t want to be with someone, or friends with someone who wasn’t okay with how I looked, (I still feel this way) but I used it as an excuse not to change. Never once, did I think how I felt wasn’t normal, because it was my normal and normal to me. I thought most people felt how I did.

The interesting part is until after I been vegan for awhile I didn’t realize that these changes had been happening. I think someone pointed out that I looked happier and more confident in myself. I had to think about it because I didn’t realize I was. I was something that was a natural progression for me that it was something that I had to look back on. I rarely overeat or binge eat now, I’m not going to lie and say I don’t but this was something I did daily and now I don’t. I think that has something to do with eating plants, because it’s so much harder to overeat in that aspect, and vegan junk food is more expensive so that unless you have a lot of money that makes it another way that is hard to overeat. I think the first two or three months it was hard not to feel hungry all the time, and it was hard eat enough so I think while that was a hard adjustment period that helped a lot of with not overeating that it became a habit and made me understand that I didn’t need too.

With that, I started not feeling bad when I ate or thought about what am I going to eat next. Slowly, my life stopped revolving around food, and I stopped thinking when could I ate next, obviously, these thoughts still happen but I’m in a much better place. While veganism isn’t a diet, it’s the only diet like thing that has helped me, any other diet I’ve tried made me worst, made me gain more weight back, and I had a lot of negatives that messed with my physical and mental health.

Has anyone done anything like this that has improved themeselves?

Tiffany

I am a millennial female and proud of it! From the state that's called the armpit of the south and the sunshine state. I'm a wannabe writer and artist, who likes blogging, and anything DYI. Is fandom trash and lives to ship fictional characters together. Favorite fruit is lemon, loves veggie sushi, and I am always carb loading.

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Comments (3) »

Kenny - October 11, 2019 @ 3:49 pm

I’m glad you’re much happier now going vegan. I need to work on my eating habits, but they’re better than they used to be.

Sarah Rizaga - October 17, 2019 @ 7:22 am

I’m so proud of you, Tiffany! You are such an inspiration, this makes me want to eat healthy.

https://sarahrizaga.blogspot.com/

Anya Dryagina - October 17, 2019 @ 9:47 pm

Unfortunately, in Russia, too, there is no culture nutrition, people not are at eat correctly, unlike many European countries. Our cuisine has strange combinations of products, Russian national food is quite fatty and high-calorie. I like to eat more easily – there are vegetables, cheeses, fish, but it’s all expensive. Perhaps for this reason, many here can not eat properly. Quality food is not a cheap pleasure

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