The Journey to becoming a No-Meat-Athlete

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates

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My 200+ lb. carnivore self.

We’ve all heard it, “you are what you eat”. I use to ignore the phrase and chalk it up as nothing more than a cute quote on the school’s cafeteria poster. It wasn’t until I found myself weighing over 200 pounds that I finally took a closer look at the food I was putting into my body. Why did I feel so sluggish and had a stomach that made me look pregnant? Could the pizza, chocolate, and soda be making that much of an impact on my body?

My transition was a slow one. I first started with “healthier” food options such as low fat foods, reduced calorie, etc. This coupled with light exercise began making big changes in my body.   I quickly started noticing changes in my energy, body, and confidence.  After losing 35 pounds, I even completed my first sprint triathlon.  I was feeling great, but I wanted more! Continue reading

My Weight Loss Journey

My Weight Loss Journey

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My struggle with food, health, and weight has been a life-long journey.  My first memory of my struggle with food, health, and weight was at the age of 10 years old.  I was in fourth grade.  I remember thinking that I was bigger than my peers, my mom had to cut the sleeves of my shirts to fit them over my arms, and I constantly thought about food.  My first memory of my compulsive overeating was also at the age of 10 years old.

I had won a king sized Reese’s peanut butter cup package and my mom had asked me to save half the package for my brother.  I agreed.  Before getting home, however, I quickly inhaled the entire package knowing full well that I was going to get in trouble, but I did it nonetheless. Continue reading