One of the most common assumptions about the vegan lifestyle is that a strict plant-based diet will lead to easy weight loss. Lots of people become vegan for this reason alone. I get it. When I first became interested in eating “healthy” it was because I was dealing with body image issues, and wanted to 1) lose weight, and 2) not feel guilty after I ate.
But this video is about more than what you should eat to lose weight––though I’ll talk about that. It’s about the fact that veganism isn’t a diet or an quick fix, but an incredibly rewarding lifestyle. Eating a whole food vegan diet will help you achieve your optimal weight, but it will also help you be your healthiest, most vibrant self.
By eating a whole food vegan diet (for me that includes 80% unprocessed wholesome foods, and 20% refined vegan items), I have been able to achieve and effortlessly maintain my natural weight/size while keeping up a very moderate exercise routine, and just staying active by walking, commuting on my bike, and practicing yoga (rarely vigorous) each day. Whatever your journey to an optimal weight, energy, and vibrancy, I believe that you can find it by adopting a vegan lifestyle. Remember, being thin doesn’t mean you’re healthy or happy; and being overweight does not mean you’re unhealthy or unhappy.
Health, happiness, and satisfaction come from your life choices, not from your plate, the scale, or the size on your clothing.
Going vegan is so much more than a diet. It’s a way to lower your risk of America’s top killers (preventable disease!), eat amazingly delicious food, increase your energy levels, have fun in the kitchen, and MOST IMPORTANTLY save animals and walk more gently on the planet 🙂
NOTE: This information is not intended to replace advice from a medical professional (psychologist, psychiatrist, physician, etc). Everyone is different, so please consider your own situation when taking my advice.
Links to check out:
Body Image Interview I did with Isabel Foxen Duke: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2EgmKEFSaA