I was going through a health crisis and only a freshman in College, I had always had health problems but I suffered a back injury, left shoulder injury, left hip injury, a broken nose, and finally a right heel injury in just a couple of years. So I started having weight problems, I thought I was only around 290 due to the fact that I don't show my weight that well but I was actually 356 lbs, I became curious about vegetarians and vegans because I never saw and over weight one (with the exception of Prince Fielder from the Milwaukee Brewers and he seemed rather healthy). I knew that my weight being this high was horrible due to the fact that all of my grandparents died from either Heart Attacks or Cancer. I Informed my Chiropractor as to the fact that I was looking into becoming a vegan and she ordered a free magazine just for me. Well inside that magazine was an advertisement for Brendan's Book "Thrive Diet" so I went through the pages and the first time through the magazine the advertisement caught my eye, I read the advertisement and knew this was just what I was looking for! I immediately went home and ordered the book once I got the book I couldn't put it down!
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To Continue from how I discovered Vega, I realized everything that I had been doing was wrong! I went to an allergist and discovered I was allergic to wheat and dairy and thankfully I had already cut that out of my diet because I had read far enough into Brendan's book. Shortly after getting off dairy and wheat I dropped 40 lbs in around a month which I knew was not healthy but I didn't feel sick from it and didn't suffer from any asthma symptoms for the first time in my entire life. Shortly after all of this I went 100% raw for 5 months then I started to suffer from drowsiness and lack of energy. I tried to make another appoint for my allergist to do a full scan on foods that I could possibly be allergic too but his assistant didn't believe me because I was "So healthy" at my last visit. So I stopped being a 100% raw and am now 80/20 as per Brendan's book and I've continued to loose weight and feel amazing!
I'm a drummer and have been for 15 years though I had to stop due to those injuries I suffered from. Now I'm back to drumming at almost 100%.
I'm also an Artist, I've been painting for around 5 years and drawing for 6.
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oh and ps - i've been veggie for almost a year, milk-free for years, and sugar free since high school, so it wasn't a terrible transition. the only thing i really "gave up" was greek yogurt and goat cheese occasionally.
thanks so much for your wonderful response! i actually have fallen pretty naturally into the "lifestyle" you described, which is awesome! i'm not really trying to go 100%raw, but my body doesn't seem to tolerate whole grains very well so i end up being high raw by default! my blender is broken so that's sucked but i eat probably 50% of my calories in fruit (at least), as many veggies as i can affort from Whole Paycheck (he he), and some beans, occasional quinoa, avocados, and a few nuts here and there. i bake most of my own GF products, so that's pretty awesome.
anything you can think of that's made the most difference to you? or any questions you're curious about my diet? lol i think i covered most of the basics but i am a forgetful one :)
you have an incredible story! congratulations on taking your life back! that's too cool about thinking about nutrition - i'm in a related major :)
if i can pick your brain for a second - how do you manage GF, dairy-free, and vegan? i just went vegan maybe a month ago and am sensitive to a lot of nuts, so getting calories is sometimes kinda challenging.
So glad you found us! If you enjoyed the Thrive Diet, you may want to chekc out Brendan's Thrive in 30 program. It's an online program with videos and emails that cover many of the same topics in the book. A great way to reinforce the info and maybe catch a few useful ideas. Let me know if I can help you get oriented in the community or answer some questions.