As I am reading this article by Robert Cheeke on “How to Build Muscle on A Plant Based Diet”, I feel called to share my story about becoming vegan. As I may have mentioned before, I have been a vegan for 4 going on 5 years now. At the start of my veganism I weighed 115 lbs. I grew up not eating red meat. The only meat I ate was chicken, fish, and turkey. And I’ve never been much of a dairy person, so the only dairy I liked was non-fat plain greek yogurt. Originally I went vegetarian when I was 16 years old during sophomore year of high school. At the start of my vegetarianism I weighted 125 lbs at a height of 5’10”. I was vegetarian for about 2 years and then was suffering from some digestive health issues and got down to weighing about 110 labs. I went to a holistic doctor and personal trainer who told me I had to go back on eating meat and dairy (butter… which I hate!). He basically told me my knowledge of what a healthy diet is was a lie. So I went back on eating meat (but I only liked canned chicken), I tried eating butter (but I hated the taste so I didn’t eat it) . . . but I was still suffering from my digestive health issues. So my mom told me to try going off gluten even though I was tested for gluten intolerance and it came out negative. So I did and after a month 90% of my symptoms were gone. Going into my freshman year of college when I was 18 years old, I decided to stop eating meat and dairy all together. And then I became vegan. So many people ask me if going vegan was hard. It wasn’t because the only things I took out of my diet at the time of turning vegan were chicken and yogurt. So my story, I guess, is simpler than most people. Once getting out of the college dorms and doing more research on a plant-based diet (reading books by Brendan Brazier and Robert Cheeke), I was able to gain 30 lbs in a year and a half. I went from weighing 115lbs at a height of 5’10” to now weighing 150 lbs at a height of 5’11”. And since, I’ve been on a plant-baed/gluten free diet 100% of my digestive health problems are gone. Veganism was initially a moral life choice, but it also soon became more than that: it’s the diet that my body functions most efficiently on. Our bodies are all different. What works for someone may not necessarily work for you. It’s all about trial and error and seeing what does. If you’re reading this today, I pray that my story helps you.
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