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The Experience That Pushed Me To Go Full On Vegan

What made you go Vegan?

Starting in February 2018, one day I decided to go running. Having Hip Dysplasia, I knew the impact from the running wasn’t my best idea to exercise when I could ride a bike or do yoga instead. Being stubborn I ended up running 2 miles, which I hadn’t done in quite a while. A few days later the muscles were extremely inflamed all up and down the left side of my body (my L side is much weaker/less stable). The days went by and I could barely walk. I called my Orthopedic Doctor and began Physical Therapy again 1x/week for 6 weeks to strengthen the muscles around my hips to prevent more pain in the future.

In the mean time, I went to my Primary Care Doctor for medicine to help with the constant pain of what felt like all the muscles on the left side of my body being in a constant state of being contracted or squeezing and not releasing. She gave me a steroid. I was extremely hesitant and at this point in my life would refuse to take medicine unless I was absolutely desperate. At this point, I was desperate.  I gave in and tried taking the steroid.

Big. Mistake.

It was TOO STRONG for my body to handle. In under 2 weeks I lost 10 pounds.

I got extremely dehydrated to the point where my blood pressure was way below normal.

I wasn’t eating. My stomach hurt extremely bad ALL of the time. As if it was on fire or like there was a rock sitting in my stomach.

I ended up in the hospital and had multiple tests done.

Long story short, the ER visit had me getting multiple tests done during & afterwards such as MRI’s, CT Scans, HIDA Scans (for gallbladder function), and ultimately an Endoscopy (looking at the stomach with a camera inserted down your throat while you’re asleep) and multiple tissue samples being taken of my stomach.

Before taking this steroid I had NO stomach issues. It created a whole new world of problems for me. When I was getting all of my testing done, I had a lot of time to think.

I realized the fact that being a vegetarian and continuing to consume dairy products was doing me no good. Especially since dairy contributes to inflammation and that was one big reason I was in so much pain. Why would I want to continue to have a lifestyle that would allow that door to stay open and invite in more harm to my body?

Everything happens for a reason.

The difficult times and physical pain I went through in the beginning of this year really hit me hard. It really made me sit back and appreciate my health and just how important it is. YOUR BODY is the only home you have to live in on this earth. We need to take care of it the best we can because we only get one opportunity here in this life.

 

 

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Becoming Vegetarian: Trial, Error, & Success

First off I want to say that when I became a vegetarian and stuck with it, it was definitely NOT my first try! My first attempt was in February 2017 while I was in college.

1st Try – February 2017 

What made me want to become a vegetarian at this point in my life was that I had multiple friends that were vegetarians. I also kept making new friends that just so happened to be vegetarian and vegan at college. The more and more people I met that were not eating meat really intrigued me, but at the same time it was becoming so normal that it was almost freaking me out… so I thought maybe the universe was sending me a message. Long story short, actually being a vegetarian at this time lasted about a week or two. My symptoms were headaches and REALLY STRONG cravings for sweet stuff. Fast forward a few months…

2nd Try – September 7, 2017

Here, I was living back in my hometown and had been living with my boyfriend [now fiancé ;)]. While I had given up on NOT eating meat, the idea never really truly left my mind. We had began watching some documentaries such as That Sugar Film [Amazon] and progressively started to educate ourselves on the health & environmental benefits of being vegetarian or vegan by watching films like Vegucated [Netflix]. One night we came across one documentary that completely hit me on an emotional level: Food Inc. [Netflix]. I saw a scene of a pig being shot in the head with a bullet by a man working in a slaughterhouse. It showed the pig’s eyes. All I could see was the life of this poor creature fading away… all for what? To be turned into ham or bacon, or some other thing to be put on a plate.

I cried. A lot. I was shaking. I could not finish the documentary after that. I made my fiancé turn it off. It was extremely hard to sleep that night, if I even really did sleep.

Days later, I thought about it over and over like something from a horror movie except this was …is.. real life. Something that is happening every single day. Why? Human consumption.

This was the turning point for me. I no longer wanted to be part of the reason why this was happening to these animals.