Rooted in Self Love
This was going to be a post about healthy weight loss but trying to be encouraging while staying in the vein of health and that has been trickier than I anticipated. With so many fad diets out there, including veganism, I want to be clear that I am NOT endorsing a method of weight loss. I am only endorsing health.
I have lost 25+ pounds in the last six months and I am crazy proud of that. I feel more comfortable in my skin and it's not because I look good but because I have regained homeostasis. My body is back in balance and weight loss has only been an indicator of that. I want to argue that homeostasis should be the goal and weight loss might only be a biproduct of that.
In June I was significantly overweight, tired and unhappy. I didn't know what was happening but I knew something had to change! In the midst of being diagnosed and then re-diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, I made a decision to care deeply for my body. I wanted to incorporate more self care in my routine and to fill myself with clean fuel. Veganism was the route I chose to accomplish this goal. Dairy and red meats never made me feel great and when I expressed my decision to my doctors is was then validated as the best option for my situation.
There is no debate that the human body is a complex and amazing organism but there is a ton of debate in the best way to fuel it; Whole 30, Vegan, Paleo, Gluten Free, Ketotgenic just to name a few! Let me give you this nugget, YOU ARE UNIQUE! I don't believe that this is a one size fits all situation. Veganism worked for me because I enjoy it! If I was walking around everyday craving cheese it wouldn't be worth it and that's not homeostasis, that's misery! Even if I found the diet easy but felt like crap everyday, it wouldn't be worth it. True balance is when physical health and mental health intersect. For some, hard decisions will need to be made and everyday might not be fun but if you are weeks into a 'diet' and hating everything and everyone I am begging you to change your course.
Root your food decisions in self care not self hate. I fed my body better because I loved it not because I wanted to change it. The beauty is that when I started to love my body well and started listening to what it needed all those things that I longed unhealthily for before fell into place. A number on a scale won't magically make you fall in love with the body you are in. "If I just weighed .... I'd be happy" is a lie from the enemy and you will forever be chasing an unattainable goal.
All this to say, love yourself right where you're at. Love yourself so much that you are willing to say no to foods that don't serve you and to say yes to caring deeply for your body for the long haul, not just for the span of your 'diet.' Fuel your body well and define what that means for yourself, not by what is popular or a fad.
It may not be easy at first but it is so so worth it! I want to be your biggest cheerleader. You can make and sustain change in your life; diet and beyond! Decide what little step you can make this week and stick to it. Your body will thank you!