Erica recently shared her incredible story about how making changes to her already-vegan diet made her healthier and happier. Check it out:
In January of 2011, I was laid off from my job. After about a week of feeling aimless, I needed to feel productive, so I decided to tackle the problem of my poor health. I weighed 268 pounds and though I had already been vegan for a few years, I was most definitely a junk food vegan and pretty much lived on French fries and cookies. I felt like I needed to take control of that part of my life since the career portion was out of my hands.
I cleaned the junk food out of my cupboards and replaced it with whole foods… fruits and veggies from the Farmers Market just a few blocks away, whole grains, legumes and all sorts of delicious but healthy things. I also started working out with videos and eventually joined a gym. In the first month, I lost eighteen pounds and had more energy than I ever had before.
Fast-forward one year and here I am, 110 pounds lighter and happier than I ever thought possible. I ran my first 5k last year and have a few more races planned for this year. I’ve been hired to host nutrition and fitness workshops for a physician’s office. I’m also going to work on obtaining certification to become a personal trainer. I love, love, love cooking and if I’m not in the gym, at work, or with friends, you can usually find me talking about food on my blog (though it’s not a cooking blog) or scouring other blogs for the next delicious recipe to experiment with.
I considered myself a happy person before this transformation but I never dreamed that it was possible to feel this good and full of life and energy. I truly believe in the power of healthy, whole foods and the impact nutrition and exercise can have on a person’s life. My life has changed dramatically in the past year and I couldn’t be more excited to continue down this path and see what this next year has in store!”
Erica! Congratulations on your weight loss and your life change.
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