So April 1st is approaching and that day last year was when I officially signed up to the Vegan Society in order to make my final commitment to going vegan! I can't believe it's been a whole year; what an incredible journey of healing from my darkest days with an eating disorder.
I've decided to share some very personal photos with you all. It's taking quite a lot for me to do this but I hope that it will act as inspiration to others who may be suffering on their path to health and happiness.
I have achieved a healthy weight gain of over two stone and am consistently eating at least 3000 calories a day from my favourite fruits (up from 500). I no longer use cups of tea as a crutch and drink lots of water and coconut water and my skin is completely clear. I have given up all beauty products and sleep a full eight hours per night. I spend time meditating and practise yoga at least twice a day - I have been accepted onto an Ashtanga teacher training course in Thailand in September which I believe is my true calling in life. I simply love to be outdoors and my primary method of transport is my bicycle which I use to travel on average 15-20km per day. I am no longer stressed or obsessive and am very happy to go with the flow and accept whatever life brings. I have given away many of my material possessions, really stripping down to the basics and am now very conscious with money. I no longer feel the desire to spend or accumulate lots of 'stuff'. I have experienced so much mental clarity and live with such compassion; I have never been more grateful for my family, friends, food and the earth. I have courage in my own convictions and don't feel the compulsive need to overwork or please everybody like I used to. I am calm, mindful and happy and each day feel a closer connection with my inner light of awareness.
So here I am one year ago living a very sad and lonely life of restriction:
And here five months later on a cooked vegan diet:
And last week! Over six months living a fruity and compassionate lifestyle and training every day to be a yogini :)
Hooray for life! You're all such beautiful creatures and I hope to meet with many of you in the future to share our stories :) From a healthy, happy yogi who has found peace at last; namaste <3
The contrast is amazing. I'm very glad you have found your happiness in your new healthy self. Congratulations!
holy damn. YOU ARE JUST SO GORGEOUS. even in the before photos. but you look healthier and happier in the after.
stay wonderful and amazing!!! <3
Congratulations! Thank you for sharing! I am so glad the peace you talk of has surrounded you. You are very inspiring! Thailand, what a great adventure awaiting you!
Lovely! This stuff really works, eh? :)
You look a million times better and so vibrant! Keep it up.
Go happiness!!! :D
Yay for you!