Since 2015, I’ve eliminated meat out of my diet and have fully transformed into a plant-based foodist. Although some of my meals contain cooked food, I mostly eat raw meals. It wasn’t until early spring of 2019 is when I decided to eat more whole foods versus processed vegan products (like soy veggie burgers).
In my experience, reading or listening to other people’s stories and attempting to eat mostly whole or raw foods helped me to see what worked for my wellbeing.
The central plot of this article is for you to see what my experience has been like and why I continue to eat plant-based. Learning about my story and others might help you to decide if you want to take a similar step or not.
In my hometown, I grew up eating mostly Mexican food. My parents, at times, took my sisters and my wellbeing seriously so we would have phases of eating very healthy. Those types of meals were considered eating organic and lean chicken with grilled vegetables and salads.
Despite it all, I’ve always tended to be a bit heavier in weight. From my childhood to my early adult life, my weight always fluctuated. No matter what I did, there was never a way to continue to keep the weight off.
In 2015, as I mentioned above, is when I started to become more mindful about my meals and became vegetarian. Since making those changes, I’ve noticed a vast amount of positive results and increased liking to my plant-based lifestyle.
Better Mental Health
In April of 2019, I tried eating only raw meals for eight weeks. When I did that, my thought process shifted dramatically.
Before I started the 8-week raw program, I researched scientific studies on the raw-food diet and the effects it has on mental health. The findings did indicate various positive impacts on the brain.
Since eating whole foods, I’ve noticed clearer thinking, an increased amount of positive thoughts, and I sleep better. I often meditate so, therefore, including mindfulness practices on top of my mindful eating has escalated my mental health. Do note that there have been times where I would eat processed meals that harm my body, and I notice the next day, I feel moody or grungy.
When I compare the two scenarios of when I eat whole or processed foods, intaking healthier meals do (at least for me) contribute to my mental health.
For The Love and Kindness To My Body
Before going plant-based, I was always in a constant battle of feeling unhappy with my body. Since I can remember, I was habitually dieting, waking up before sunrise to go workout, attempting to fast, and just trying too hard to lose weight yet, I never did see results that lasted.
In April of 2019, I listened in to a talk from a raw foodist coach at a local Los Angeles gathering. At that time, I was battling with bulimia, and I was not very open about it. The coach mentioned things that impulsed me to cry right there in the middle of the crowd. Her words regarding health and wellbeing indicated something that I did not have, which is that I lacked love for myself.
For that reason, I was always having issues with maintaining a healthy weight. It was a constant battle with myself trying to change how I looked versus being in acceptance. Once I started having a bit more kindness with my body and showing love to who I already am versus what I wanted to be, I began to feel better. Having love towards my body contributed my wanting to take care of it. I began to eliminate weighing myself and changed my mindset to eat meals that are good for health versus losing weight. It was then when being kind to my body is when I started seeing results.
More importantly, eating more whole foods has taught me how to be kinder and love my natural body!
Not A Fan of Eating Animals
I grew up eating a lot of meat like chicken and beef, especially pork, as a Mexican woman. So the fact of having a changed opinion when it comes to eating animals is startling.
Growing up, I did have a lot of pets, and also, I played with my neighbor’s farm animals. I didn’t have an awareness though that eating meat came from the farm animals that I loved.
Later in life, after reading and researching ways to deepen my spiritual journey (raise consciousness), one of the results indicated that eating lively foods help! Food like vegetables, fruits, and greens are full of energetic life! By choosing to eat more plants instead of processed meats, I was going to benefit from more energy and aliveness.
So what happened is that as I started eating fewer meats, the craving to have animal products became vague. Soon enough, my love for animals began to grow more. It was then when I decided to research about the animal agriculture industry and learned horrific facts. Some of my harsh findings included learning about animal treatment and how the industry affects our planet.
Combining all the information listed above, I became less of a fan of eating meat. Eating animal products is not attractive to me anymore. Since I know from personal research that eating red meat contributes to health issues, I won’t do it.
Finally, for Better and Healthier Weight Maintenance
I left this one to be last because, in reality, it just sprinkles on top of my ‘plant-based raw vegan’ cake! 🙂 When I started paying more attention to my well being versus a number on a scale, I felt and feel great.
Of course, when I eat better, it results in losing weight. The funny thing is that in the past, I would shed pounds but gain it all back. Since being mostly a whole plant-based foodist and implement exercises like yoga and cardio, not only did I shed pounds, but I could maintain it. The plant-based lifestyle is a LIFE change and not a temporary diet; hence, its a constant habit of eating healthy.
As a result, I noticed how my body became more in shape, and I unveiled a physical self that I’ve never seen before. I am experiencing more endurance, strength, and flexibility. Understanding these changes excites me and pushes out a better version of myself that is healthy.
And for those reasons, I choose the plant-based lifestyle.