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I became a vegan soon after Myla was born. I was a vegetarian for 6 months before I decided to cut out all animal products completely. This all happened around the time I got pregnant. I lasted a good two months into my pregnancy before I started to eat meat again. The cravings were too real, and Scottie is a Chick-fil-a addict.

Looking back, I really wish I had stuck with veganism throughout my pregnancy. I owe a majority of my weight gain to the change in my diet, and eating absolutely anything I wanted. I felt terrible eating the way I did, especially once I noticed the weight.

Yes, I was pregnant. Yes, pregnant people do gain weight. But it felt like I was out of complete control with my eating. This was not something I was used too.

Once Myla was born, I wanted to make some serious changes to my health. I wasn’t able to workout until about 6 weeks postpartum, so I knew I needed to change my diet if I wanted to start losing the baby weight. I decided to go back to plant-based eating.

Many people ask vegans why they are vegans. People answer for the animals, for health reasons, for ethical and environmental reasons. I’m vegan mainly for my health. But that doesn’t mean I don’t care about the animals or the environment. I understand where meat is from, and how it’s treated before it ends up on our plates. I think it’s horrifying and unfair. But you won’t hear me preaching about animal rights out in public. I also am aware of what’s happening to our planet around us, and how much more sustainable a vegan diet is for the earth. But I don’t judge others for eating meat.

I’m vegan mainly for my health. When I eat only plant-based foods, I feel amazing. I’m more energized, I’m never sluggish, and I can eat as much as I want without feeling like I’m gonna throw up. I never feel gross after meals, in fact I feel so much more nourished. I drink water and eat plants and I’m happy doing it.

Don’t even get me started on my weight loss since becoming vegan. Okay, yes. I do have the upper hand because I am breastfeeding (which burns a good 500 extra calories a day). But I’m also eating a ton more too, to make up for the deficit. I try as much as I can, but I don’t always get my workouts in as often as I should. Yet, the number on the scale is still dropping. Slowly, but surely. And that’s the best way to lose it.

I’m not trying to push my views on others, or shame anyone for eating meat. All I’m saying is, do some research. I taught myself about veganism. I learned through documentaries and books and online websites. There’s so much information that very many people don’t know. Only you are in control of your health, so take care of yourselves.

I took this picture of a banana tree at a garden I visited.

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