By guest blogger, Bronwyn Smith
I’m not a Vegan. I’m more of a “Vegan-Wannabe”. I still eat a little fish, some eggs and dairy, but not nearly as much as I used to. I like the idea of being Vegan because “no animals were harmed in the making of this meal,” and I think the human body fares better when not “polluted” with animal products. Mine certainly has.
Over the past year I’ve watched many health documentaries such as, “Forks over Knives,” and “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead,” detailing the adverse effects of animal products on the human body as well as the economic toll of chronic disease to the country. Because of this, I’ve started to take an avid interest in what I’m putting into my body. I’ve stopped eating most processed foods, refined sugars, wheat/gluten and started eating more natural and some raw foods. But I’m not perfect.
After cutting down on dairy I started noticing how it made my body feel when I did eat it. About a month ago I ate a huge chunk of Triple Cream Brie, and for two days it felt as though my chest was congested and that I needed Roto-Rooter to come and unclog me. I missed that “clean” feeling inside of me that I had grown accustomed to. After that Brie incident, I am now fully aware of how my body is negatively affected by dairy products.
As I began cutting down on dairy I was surprised to see that not only was I feeling lighter healthier, and more energetic, but my cellulite (that “cottage cheese” look behind your thighs) had also diminished.
Years ago I had heard that to eliminate cellulite one should stop eating “white,” which usually means white flour, white breads, sugar etc.. But now that I have reduced dairy from my diet I’ve also seen a reduction in the cellulite on my legs and buttocks . Recently I put on a pair of shorts, and I looked better from the back than I have in years, which was a pleasant surprise!
Today, in addition to cutting down on dairy and other animal products, I’m eating more raw foods, drinking fresh juices, enjoying green smoothies and making homemade almond milk in my Vitamix blender. It amazes me that eating this way makes me feel like a teenager, which is funny considering I’m 46 years old.
So, if you have unwanted and unwelcome cellulite, consider becoming a “Vegan-wannabe” like me. If nothing else, you will most likely feel better, look healthier, and have more energy. Feeling healthy, not harming animals, and less cellulite? – Good reasons to Vegan!
Bronwyn Smith is a Vegan-Wannabe, commercial actress, print model and gluten-free lifestyle coach. Her passion lies in helping people adapt, shop and enjoy a gluten free life. (firstname.lastname@example.org)