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A Healthy Lifestyle Isn’t Reserved for Thin People

Updated: Jun 1, 2022

This needs to be said: A healthy lifestyle isn’t reserved for only thin people. Nor someone being overweight or obese mean that they aren’t currently living a healthy lifestyle or care about their health.

I am speaking from experience. When I started my journey to living a cleaner and healthier lifestyle I was really in very bad shape. I was more overweight than I am now, I was eating horrendously and eating too much, I was not really exercising, and my self-care routine was non-existent and I was using too many personal care and home products with tons of toxic chemicals. Etc. Etc. But in 2019, I made a decision to become raw vegan. (There is a whole backstory to this but I will share that in another post). I eliminated all cooked foods, unhealthy fats, processed foods, sugar, gluten, everything. I was 100% raw vegan for 4 months and I was in the best shape of my life. However, noone believed me because I was overweight. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been laughed at by those who are thin and the medical community for even stating this. The truth is, I was in the best health and shape of my life in that time. I was just starting out with a more challenging starting point than those who were skinnier than me.

Many times, people who are overweight, either by choice or because they are in transition, and condemned for being overweight. I personally have endured this. I speak on health, clean living, healthy eating, etc. and the judgement is fierce. Lord, have mercy! Just recently, I shared a post about one of my favorite go-to green juices to have when I am short on time and on the go and someone decided that I needed to be lectured on its contents. I found this highly disrespectful and condescending. I’m sure this person believes they were doing the “right” thing because if I‘m “big” that means that I must not know how to take care of myself, am not living the “right” way, and don’t know what I am doing when it comes to healthy eating. This experience sparked me to write this post.

Here’s my response to that. First, ANYTHING remotely healthy that is different from living the Standard American Diet is a healthier choice for your body. Having one can of Mountain Dew versus four cans of Mountain Dew is a MUCH BETTER choice. Having a store bought green juice instead of a Kit Kat Bar or 4 Big Macs from McDonalds is a MUCH BETTER choice. It is the healthier choice. To change our lifestyle sustainably requires us to make gradual consistent changes in the direction of progress. Having an all or nothing mindset is not only toxic and unproductive, but it is incredibly unloving and unrealistic with your humanity.

My message to all of the beautiful women and men and all of those in between who are trying to live a healthier lifestyle is this: NEVER let anyone shame you for where you are starting out or where you currently are in your health journey. We ALL have to start somewhere. Some people are blessed with killer genes and super fast metabolisms that allow them to fit the societal body type that gets praised for being healthy regardless of what their ACTUAL health or lifestyle is (I’m sorry but I don’t care who you are, alcohol is NOT and NEVER will be healthy).

Anyway, I digress. The point is you are worthy of being respected and treated like a human being with dignity every step of your health journey and regardless of what body size you are and you deserve to receive adequate medical care.

That is my message for today and I really hope I helped someone.

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