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#1 Old 03-14-2017, 08:59 PM
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Veganism Changed My Life (and I'm not vegan)

For most of my 20's I walked around at 265lbs-288lbs. I ate a diet heavy in meats, dairy and eggs, with little veggies and fruit. I thought I was "healthy". I felt fine. After years of failed attempts at losing weight through strenuous exercise, I stumbled across vegan diets. After dabbling with some vegan mock meats, I felt confident that I could slowly transition into eating more plant-based foods.

On March 28, 2016 I began a weight cut using two key concepts, a plant-based diet (6 days per week, with one cheat meal which was non-vegan) and intermittent fasting, about 16-18 hours per day. The fat that I had accumulated over the years literally melted off my body. I watched my scale show numbers that they'd never seen before. By December 2016 I had lost 76lbs and weighed 195lbs, a weight I have since maintained. I'm completely shocked at the results. I was looking at some old pictures taken before the weight loss and I don't even recognize myself.

I am hoping to eventually make the change to a fully vegan diet, however I do struggle with how to do that and not alienate those around me with a lifestyle that doesn't match the current norms. I have found that rather than focusing on perfection, small amounts of consumption of animal products when nothing else is available (restaurants, family functions, parties, etc) is a good way to not alienate the people that I hope to influence to make more positive changed for their health, animal welfare, and the planet. As I am still transitioning, I am still guilty of supporting the evil of the animal products industries, but I have reduced my consumption drastically. I feel that the way I have approached the topic with others close to me has inspired them to make huge reductions in the animal products that they consume and I feel that 4/10 people making a 80% reduction is better than 1/10 making a 100% reduction, while alienating those they hope to influence.
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#2 Old 03-14-2017, 11:04 PM
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Amazing change. Congrats!

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You're awesome! No one should argue with success like you've achieved, but I understand, it hits a spot in people that triggers--guilt? Everyone wants what they want without the seeing the harm it causes. It's uncomfortable to have it pointed out. It will get easier

What is your area like as far as accepting plant based diets? I've been surprised lately to randomly find things like Comet cleanser with a new eco friendly, no animal tested variety, and Coffee Mate non dairy (vegan) almond and coconut creamers. Of course just looking at the milk aisle is amazing!

What were your first inspirations? Forks over Knives?

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#4 Old 03-15-2017, 03:20 PM
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Congrats with your progress and welcome!
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#5 Old 03-21-2017, 12:36 PM
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Congratulations. I can relate to the weight loss melting off as I have lost 45lbs in about 7 months since I began my vegan diet.
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Congratulations and welcome!

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