My name is Fiona, and I have had problems with food my whole life. I have always been overweight, since I was a little girl. My mum always used to say not to worry, it was puppy fat and it would all go away when I got older, unfortunately she was wrong, it was a sign of unhealthy choices every back then. I’m still overweight now, although I did have one period of “normal weight” when I was a teenager, and at that point a vegetarian. However, I went back to eating meat when I left home, and the weight came back on and I just ballooned.
Putting on the weight, I ate a lot of meat. As an ex-vegetarian, I attempted to not think about where the meat was coming from, and most of the time I did manage to blot it out, but sometimes it would hit me and I would swallow the feeling back down. I spent years eating a high fat diet, too many takeaways, too little exercise, I eventually reached moribidly obese, 270 pounds at my highest weight (and I’m only 5 foot 2).
The death of my mother, and shortly after my father laid out mortality in a way I could no longer ignore. I started properly calorie counting, and lost a stone within a month. I lost weight at around a pound a week. In November 2015, Isaw someone on Instagram suggest watching a youtube video called 101 reasons to go vegan. My life changed in that hour more than I ever thought possible. One watch of that video and it opened my eyes to veganism.
I never thought veganism was an answer to weight loss, although I did think eating more fruits and vegetables couldn’t hurt.
I’m now a few years down the line and haven’t quite reached my target weight. I still have a way to go. But I have learned more about plant based diets, and have decided after much research, that this is the healthiest diet for humans, and will eventually get me to my goal weight of 140 pounds.
I’ve lost over 70 pounds in the last 5 years, and the thing I am most proud of is that I haven’t put it all back on. Don’t get me wrong, it’s been far from linear, and I have had periods of small gains, but I have managed to get a hold of it and go on to lose more.
I am aware of what causes these blips, they are the natural periods of life of business, of not being in control. They lead to takeaways and quick oven options which are fatty, salty and highly processed. Not as bad as the non vegan choices, but not good enough.
I now try to follow a whole foods plant based diet, at least around 80% of the time. I am cutting back on sugar and oil too, and I’m always experiementing with recipies, trying to come up with healthy and nutritious, but delicious meals that are family friendly and not too expensive.
This blog is something I enjoy doing, it may not be the most professional but it is updated around a full time job and a family, plus trying to do up a house. I hope any recipes or musing I share may be interesting or help someone. I know how difficult it is to lose weight. I’m not an exciting story, lose weight slowly, and maintain, but I had done it the other way, quickly, via strict diets and every single time I gained the weight back, and more. So if my slow, but steady journey helps, then great. It helps me to stay on track so anyone reading this is helping me too.