Once upon a time, a time long, long ago. I needed advice, I needed to know what to do and when to do it? How to begin and why?
All I found was skinny models inside magazines, wearing swimwear and posing with pieces of fruit between their lips.
I asked friends and one told me, ‘Have polos’ and water! The Polo’s gives you energy and the water keeps you hydrated and has zero calories.’
I asked everyone and consulted everything but myself.
Years later, I asked myself, ‘what works best for me?’
- NO MEAT: Completely removed meat from my diet, it’s not right that we stop a heartbeat, to cook life and eat its death. I wish I broke out of the delusion earlier in life.
- Shop wholefoods: I’m a proud vegetarian and removed meat from my life altogether, a few months ago. (I don’t consume dairy-milk, dairy-cheese or dairy-butter. I do currently use eggs when baking.) My food cupboards are filled with: Wholemeal Pasta, Brown-rice, Wholemeal-flour, wholemeal-noodles, pink-Himalayan salt, Sesame Seeds, Pumpkin-seeds, Chickpeas, Green lentils, Red lentils, Quinoa, Gungo Peas, Olive oil, Sunflower Oil, Sunflower Seeds, Flaxseeds, Sesame Seed Oil, Oats, Honey. Weekly: I purchase fresh fruits and vegetables organic where possible – Potatoes, Carrots, Mushrooms, Onions, Pumpkin, Plantain, Peppers, Spinach and Plant-based yoghurt. Almost vegan
- Drink Pure: I now carry a glass bottle of water around, every time I leave out. Water with a few drops of lemon juice added, or lime. I almost drink smoothies from time to time, they contain Pineapple, Kale, Spinach, Cucumber, blended with apple juice.
- Body Beauty: I make my own body-scrubs, this is to ensure I know what’s inside. I also use charcoal toothpaste, charcoal mouth wash and vegan lip balm.
- Limit Processed Foods: – It’s nice to see meat alternatives out there, such as vegan sausages etc. However, my body prefers to eat whole foods that have been cooked from scratch. It should be noted that meat-based processed foods are far worse than any vegan/vegetarian based processed food.
- Running: I schedule in the running two mornings per week. I wish it were more, but working full-time and studying part-time, means I barely have any time to do much else. So I schedule in the weekly running to keep my mind healthy.
- Cycling: Once a week, I have this scheduled in for – unfortunately, I don’t always get the opportunity to cycle.
- Daily Affirmations: I believe it is an opportunity to remind myself of the things I’m good at, the traits I possess. It is essential to remember how far I have come. The first step was the hardest, but I made it I stepped up.
- Silence: Every time I started something ‘new’ and updated friends about it, I stopped almost immediately after the words left my mouth. I smiled about it and felt so chuffed and welcomed the beautiful compliments that followed. Be silent about your weight loss journey, just get on with it. If people notice your changes and want tips, then go ahead and share. But don’t openly disclose your experience.
- Enjoy: My weight loss journey has been exciting and joyous! I’m learning so much about nutrition and fitness. Discovering new recipes and enhancing existing ones. Preparing plant-based meals for family and sharing their enjoyment. And LOSING WEIGHT! To date I’ve lost 12lbs, and that has been a hard feat.
I hope to have more time to post on my blog and share my experience with all of you on the same journey.
I’ve fully embraced my plant-based diet, and it is a diet I LOVE wholeheartedly!
I aim to stick to my fitness plan, especially with cycling more as cycling makes me feel like Wonder Woman – I feel confident, powerful, peaceful and most importantly in love with myself.
If I found a blog like this when I began searching years ago, I would’ve appreciated reading honest advice. Rather than being subjected to visual abuse – subliminal enforcing messages on what I should look like. Those images have been seen worldwide and have influenced people around me, to the point where conversations were littered with ignorance, ‘you should be a size 10 Unique.’
Special thanks to all my readers.
I implore you to add your own improvements in the comment section – and remember, you are important!