So here I am, returning to veganism. But how do I do this after I’ve just had weight loss surgery (Gastric sleeve, 7 months post-op)? Just a little background on me; I’ve wanted to be a vegetarian all my life. As soon as I was old enough to understand the concept I wanted to do it. At 6 years old I made my first attempt with my 10-year-old sister, but with a family quite adamantly against it, it was obviously a failed attempt. I tried again at 16. My parent’s attitude was one of, “well, then starve” so I basically did that and became anemic.
When I was making my own money at 18 and could buy my own foods, I FINALLY successfully became a vegetarian. When I was 26 or so, I met a young lady who had been vegan for about 15 years. She knew all the ins and outs of the lifestyle, and as her roommate, I soon found myself eating vegan and quickly became one myself. It was easy because she basically did all the thinking. When our friendship fell out, I went back to being vegetarian, soon I became a pescatarian, and about two years ago I had basically reached a point in my life where I had given up on everything and had become a full-fledged meat eater again.
I failed to mention that all of my life I have struggled with obesity as well. Last year (2016), I reached my highest weight of 353lbs and in desperation turned to weight loss surgery. I received the gastric sleeve, and after suffering from severe complications and nearly losing my life, I have fully recovered and have lost a little over 100 lbs in 7 months. I have about 90 more to lose but I know I will get there! I have a new lease on life.
Health is very important to me again. I’ve quit smoking after 20 years of battling that demon. It’s my goal to make health and fitness a priority and to share what I’ve learned with the world in order to help others. I thought I couldn’t be vegetarian again after weight loss surgery because of all the low carb high protein requirements, but I recently learned that you can. And while that’s been in the back of my mind recently because of my love for animals and their rights, I never even thought of going back to being a vegan until last night, when I watched the documentary called “What the Health.” The documentary goes over how being vegan is not just for the animals but also for your personal health and the health of other human beings and the environment, as well as the rights of humans and animals alike.
Honestly, my mind was blown. Here I am, an animal lover, trying to get healthy and do my part to help others in the world fight obesity and disease, and I’m not even considering this lifestyle? Something isn’t right here. So now here I am… returning to vegan. Only, I don’t honestly know the first step in how to do this in a healthy, well-balanced way to begin with, much less after weight loss surgery. All advice and guidance are welcome! And I’ll keep you posted on my journey!
Misty Dawn Krater