'I Lost 100 Pounds After I Quit My Vegan Diet'
6 months ago, 12 Jan 21:13
BEFORE: 255 AFTER: 143 I used to eat whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. I never had a set breakfast, lunch, and dinner time because my life never ran on a regular schedule. I work as a shaman, and I am pulled toward the moon and the night, which is when I am my strongest—it is also the time when I perform ceremonies. Half a box of raisin bran, vanilla soy milk, watermelon, and some veggies? That sounds like a good anytime meal, right? In retrospect, my strange eating and sleeping habits likely had a lot more to do with my undiagnosed polycystic-ovary syndrome (PCOS) and fibromyalgia than my work. For a long time, both conditions left me both completely fatigued or riddled with insomnia. I was constantly in pain, and I ate to curb it. Meanwhile, the doctors told me I was fine, and that it was all "in my head." I felt invalidated. Emotional eating gave me a fleeting calm. I also thought being a vegan gave me the license to eat in excess and not gain weight. But looking back, I realize I often ate 4,500 calories per day. It wasn’t that what I was eating was all that bad. I just ate entirely too much. Fortunately, in time, I did receive the diagnoses I needed, and once I gained control of my PCOS and fibromyalgia, I knew it was time to take on my weight. Since veganism hadn't been working for me, I decided to try out Warrior Dieting, which I had previously come across on YouTube. (I used to watch a lot of vegan-related videos, and Warrior Dieting just happened to come up in the related videos.) Warrior Dieting is a way of eating that mirrors the eating habits of ancient warriors, who ate little during the day, consuming most of their food at night. Sounds pretty fitting for my nocturnal habits, right? In May of 2016, I shifted to Warrior Dieting, which is really a form of intermittent fasting. During the daytime "undereating" phase, you can still eat fruits, vegetables, and small servings of protein, but the bulk of your food comes during your evening meal. The diet advocates sticking to whole foods and avoiding processed ones. It also emphasized portion control. For example, even when "undereating" during the day, up to six ounces of protein is allowed. So, to get my portions under control, I started using an app called Lose It!, which tracks the calories I'm eating. When I first started my weight-loss journey, my goal was to lose two pounds per week. To do this, the app suggested I stick to around 1,550 calories per day. I started to eat on smaller plates and in smaller bowls with smaller utensils—even my cups were smaller. I measured out my portions in colorful little measuring cups and learned what different amounts of foods looked like on the plates and in the bowls I usually used. Eventually, I became a master at eyeballing food. Lose It! has thousands upon ...
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