When I became Vegan back in 2016, it was the best thing that ever happened to me. I lost 30 pounds in 3 months, I had so much energy, I was ecstatic with myself as a person. My skin became clearer and my nails grew crazy long. I was in the best shape of my life. When I started to work out, all the weight just melted off & I felt like my best self.
As I started to face demands in life like crazy work schedules, other adversaries, and fast convenient options, I went from eating fresh meals I prepared everyday or going to my fave restaurant to fast food like fries, pizza, pasta, etc. It was an easy go-to and it was affordable. This was like the last quarter of 2018. At that time, I was getting what is called protein headaches. I’m not sure of the medical term for these types of headaches is, but if you never had one of these headaches, just know it’s not a good feeling. Now, I know some of the best plant-based protein options, but in my case, I needed budget-friendly options that took little to no time to make and eat. All of the soy options in the frozen dinner aisle wasn’t going to work. I would rather eat meat than to put a ton of preservatives in my body.
I added meat back into my lifestyle. I added chicken, but eventually, I was actually worst off. It’s not easy being in a city like Dallas where meat is the main course at most of the restaurants and convenient plant-based foods aren’t readily available like they are in Las Vegas. In 2016 before I went vegan, I ate very little chicken, it was baked when I did eat it. Other meats consisted of baked fish like tilapia and salmon. I ate lots of salads and drank lots of smoothies. I haven’t eaten pork in 15 years and counting.
Last year, I was back to eating fried foods, beef, candy, chocolate, and something bad happened. Well before I go into the bad, I must admit that I was in a dark place in my life. I was a stress eater and found it hard to control myself. I would feel so bad after eating certain so-called foods because I knew they were bad for me. I found it very hard to resist these temptations until I took a risky move to do something about my life. So here’s what can happen if you’re on a healthier lifestyle change and decide to transition back to your old self.
Yes, the foods that didn’t bother you before could come back to haunt you if you let them. When I started to revert back to these poor eating habits, I noticed my body just couldn’t take some of the foods I once enjoyed. Before this lifestyle change, I used to LOVE sharp cheddar cheese. Nowadays, I can’t enjoy more than one slice of pizza. Basically, anything dairy just wouldn’t sit well on my stomach. That includes chocolate, yogurt, and ice cream. Sugar causes phlegm in my throat so that was no longer an option as well.
Later, I was diagnosed with IBS. My doctor recommended a Low FODMAP diet. This diet basically helps the digestive system act a bit slower instead of being in hyperactive mode all the time. Living with IBS, the food would go through the digestive system faster than it should. This would cause lots of painful cramping in my upper abdomen. Believe me when I say it’s not a good feeling to feel your whole digestive system moving, literally. The common symptoms for IBS are indigestion, changes in restroom habits, extreme cramping in the abdomen and maybe worst for women around the menses times.
Heavy Menstrual Times
When I became Vegan, my menstrual actually shortened a couple of days. For the first time in my life, I was able to enjoy this time. I still had cramping, but the flow was easier to deal with. When I started to eat meat again, these days increased once again. Yes, it’s sad, but thank goodness for the ability to press the restart button!
These are just a few of the worst things that happened to me when I reverted to the horrible ways I used to enjoy food. The bright side is I took back control of my health! I made the decision to take it seriously as life or death, but health is just that. My budget, adversaries or any dark place was not going to stop me from eating better, working out and living my best life again. I was able to turn my life around for the better. I’ll have a part two to this post which will discuss all the great things that happen when you’re on a Vegan diet.