I have always considered myself to be healthy and fit. I was an athlete growing up and throughout college. I consistently worked out, and I was in the gym regularly. My diet consisted of mostly fruits and vegetables, and I ate turkey, fish, chicken, and dairy as well. I rarely ate fried food or junk food. I had pretty much maintained my weight....until I became pregnant with my daughter. I gained 70 lbs during my pregnancy!
By the grace of God, I had no complications during my pregnancy. I didn't develop pre-eclampsia or gestational diabetes. I walked daily on the treadmill up until a week before I gave birth, and I delivered a healthy, beautiful daughter the day after my birthday! Following the pregnancy, I had a huge health scare. My husband and I were out running errands, and I blacked out and woke up in an ambulance. I was suffering from exhaustion, dehydration, and sleep deprivation. That wake up call fueled my mission to get back in shape.
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It took me 11 months, and I lost all of the weight I had gained during the pregnancy. I did home workouts and restricted my calories and saw results. I thought I was doing great with my diet and nutrition other than occasional digestive problems that I would have. And then things changed. Around January of this year the digestive problems got worse, and I started developing aggravating patches of bumps on my hands and face. They would appear and disappear constantly.
This photo was taken February 17, 2016
This photo was taken May 26, 2016, approx 2 months later.
I was browsing through Netflix, and I found the documentary, Vegucated, and watching that documentary is one of the reasons why I am vegan today. Although I have only been vegan since February, I have already noticed remarkable differences. As you can see from the photo above, the mysterious rash disappeared, and I have not had any more outbreaks. I have not had any digestive problems since I stopped eating meat and dairy. I have dropped 12 pounds.
I feel great, and several people have told me that my skin glows! I agree! I am enjoying educating myself on all things vegan, I love creating and trying new recipes for myself and my family, and I have joined some amazing, informative, and educational vegan forums and groups.
About Tabatha James
Tabatha James is a wife, mom, and children's book author navigating her way through a vegan way of life!