At the age of 23 I was struggling with depression, had low energy, was unhappy with my life and relationships, I was working a job I wasn’t passionate about, and lacked direction in my life. In the spring of 2016 I discovered plant based eating through a series of events and through watching the documentary “Forks Over Knives”. I decided to remove animal products from my life and try plant based eating. Something amazing happened: plants began to heal my body and my mind.
After just 6 weeks on a plant based diet I saw my depression diminishing, my sleep improving, and my energy levels increasing. I spent the following months researching plant based nutrition and animal agriculture. From there, my plant based diet evolved into a vegan lifestyle which centers around compassion for all beings. I had never felt healthier or happier in my entire life. Not only was my skin was glowing and my eyes beaming, but a spiritual shift happened within me. I had a peace that I’d never experienced. I felt in tune with the universe. My mind was clearer and as well as my conscience. I felt at peace with myself due to no longer contributing to unnecessary violence.
I began to see value in my life again. I started exploring my passions and discovered that I was lit up by studying natural health and the healing powers of plants. I wanted to share my knowledge with everyone around me. I enrolled at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in March 2018 and began my holistic nutrition program. I embarked on a journey of self discovery and further healing. I learned that health wasn’t just about eating well and exercising. I realized happiness was just as important. I realized that toxic relationships were detrimental to health and wellbeing. I began to evaluate literally every area of my life.
I assessed my dreams and what I wanted my life to look like and I started taking consistent action. I started seeing a therapist to remedy my mental health and childhood trauma. I cut off a toxic relationship that had been holding me back. I implemented a plan to quit my day job and start my own business. I made plans to move to the West Coast, which I had dreamt about for years. I looked fear in the face and decided to just go for it. When I stopped seeing myself as small and stepped out in courage, abundance came to me— beautiful relationships, opportunities, and experiences.
I am now feeling more aligned with my purpose than ever before. I feel vibrant and alive. I am excited for what the future holds. I am so eager to inspire others to live abundant, healthy, happy lives. You are worthy of living a life that brings you joy. I am full of gratitude for this journey and my health. And it all started with plants.