I've definitely dropped a few pounds since then, and I have cleaned up my diet even more, while also doing some pretty killer workouts. I've even become a pro at doing burpees! But I'm still not the stereotypical super lean vegan. And I not only don't know if I ever will be one, I don't even know if that is what I want. I feel really great right now. I feel healthy, and I feel like I'm getting stronger. I feel like most days I'm eating foods that are satisfying, and giving my body the nutrients it needs.
In addition to how I feel about myself, I didn't become vegan to lose weight, look young forever, or to reverse diabetes. I became vegan because I feel very strongly that causing harm to animals is not something that I ever want to have any part of. That is the one and only reason. I don't look at other vegans with any expectations on how they should look. I look at other vegans as like minded people, and people who also care deeply for animals. I do want to be healthy of course, but I feel I can help animals whether I look like Cinderella, or Shrek. (I don't actually look like Shrek. I'm not green!)
I feel like there is a lot of food shaming, and body shaming going on within the vegan community. We are supposed to support each other, accept each other, and lift each other up, not tearing each other down. There are so many wonderful whole vegan foods, and processed vegan foods, that there is more than enough room for everyone! And the more the merrier. We need vegans of all shapes and sizes to represent this amazing, compassionate lifestyle. You know how they say never trust a skinny chef? Well, we need vegans who look like they really enjoy the food. I've heard many a non-vegan make dumb jokes about vegans being skinny because the food is so bad.
|This is how I feel. They're gonna get me!|