Today is the day.
I have been vegetarian since 2005, and being 11 at the time, I knew I never wanted to go back to eating meat; that everyone was wrong; misinformed. It was still such a hardship going to school and being bullied already for moving around so much and transferring schools. I found that middle-school children were by far the worst. I was consistently nagged, hearing that I was going to get very unhealthy from not eating meat, and I did. Unfortunately, the meat had nothing to do with it. Being so new to the lifestyle, I ate all of the wrong things. I loved my veggie burgers and tv dinners. Because of how picky I was, I dropped a lot of weight.
When i got into high school, i was 5 feet, 2 inches, and my body weight was around 99 to 103 pounds. Also, keep in mind that I was always more interested in the internet world than the actual world because of the unfortunate people I had to attend school with, so I was very sedentary.
When I hit my sophomore years of high school, that's when my health began to plummet. School was very stressful for me because I could not focus, and I was ranging about 5 to 7 hours of sleep a night. I began to experience cold and flu symptoms more frequently than any other student that I knew. I seemed to catch every bug that went around! I was visiting the doctor once a month, no exaggeration, and what did they do? They would load me up with antibiotic after antibiotic. Soon, I had begun to experience lovely symptoms from the antibiotics, ladies, you know what i'm talking about. Also, my digestive system was just about shot at this time. I couldn't go to the bathroom but one every 3 weeks. Not only that, but my body built immunities and allergic reactions to most of the pills. I began to gain weight, and it wasn't any fat that I was gaining. It was all waste that I couldn't pass because of my body's dependency to substances now. I was so irritable and self conscious that when my boyfriend wanted to bring me out with our friends for the night, I would rather sit on the couch and feel sorry for myself.
After 2 years of this, I was out of high school, and I had found a liking in the nutritional field. I spent every day researching new things, and that's when I had an epiphany. I had spent all my teenage life allowing doctors to brainwash me into thinking that the things that happened to my body were something that just happened to me for no reason and my body was worthless and to wallow in my self-pity about how I could never live a fully healthy life like normal teenagers. THINGS DON'T JUST HAPPEN. I have full control of my destiny! I began working out daily and I changed the way I ate, and began cooking my foods without the convenience of a microwave. I haven't had one digestive issue since then.
At the beginning of 2013, I made my New Year's resolution that I was going to get rid of all dairy and become full vegan, and slowly taper off cooked foods. I have been cooking my food less and less when I prepare it, and today I have decided to finally cut out cooked food all together. I know it's not going to be easy, but I know I can do it. After everything I have learned, I know that this is the lifestyle for me.