One Size Does Not Fit All

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I’m fat. Not size-14, average-American-woman fat. Really fat. And I am healthy. Why? I would say I am healthy because I strive to maintain a vegan diet. This was not always the case. I used to have high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, migraine headaches (weekly) and a general fear of my body caving in on me. I got some test results, and I was upset. I didn’t want to take medication for the rest of my life. I didn’t need the condescending look and fear-induced shaming coming from my doctor. She suggested gastric bypass in addition to many prescriptions. I told her I had to think about it.

That was a lie. I knew I was not interested in weight-loss surgery. I am a strong woman who loves independence, compassion and fierce questioning of many models. This would be no different. I was fat, but I believed I could be healthy. A documentary on raw diets and Type 2 diabetes led me to ask questions of lovely wellness-living friends, to read many books from my local library (“The China Study,” “Becoming Vegan,” “Why We Eat Pigs, Wear Cows and Love Dogs”) and eventually, I was led to “Crazy Sexy Diet.” The joy for life, for food and for compassion I found there solidified my choices.

I am not on a diet. I am changing my life. That may result in some weight loss. But I want to be clear that my intentions are about health, clarity and compassion — for myself as well as animals. I am a big, fat, proud vegan. And that has been interesting.

I live in a little, seemingly progressive university town in the Midwest. There are lovely people here and lots of supportive places for veg-friendly eats — we have local farmers who sell yummy greens at the farmers market; a local co-op with bulk bins that can help with the expense of eating organic and healthy; there are options at most restaurants and a wonderful apple orchard to wander with the kids. But, as a fat, vegan wellness woman, there are also many sidelong glances, questioning stares and blatant stereotyping. A recent interaction at an event with food went something like this:

“We have a vegan option available, and we ask that only the vegans partake so there is enough for all.”

I lined up in the vegan line.

Woman: “You are vegan?”

Me: “Yep. Why?”

Woman: “I just … well … with your body type?”

She body-checks me.

Woman: “Well, clearly you eat other things.”

I stood there a bit shocked. We all know the feeling. I couldn’t find my response fast enough and ended up walking away. Only to think later, “What the hell?”

This may seem like no big deal. She was stereotyping; no harm done. Maybe now she’ll change her views. But I encounter this kind of comment all the time. Worse — people often feel like they can comment on eating habits without being invited. Add size to that equation, and people are full of comments, criticisms and, of course, dieting advice.

A coworker of mine, for example, is always telling me how dairy is fine and even the strictest vegetarians in other countries understand how wonderful cow’s milk is. I get it. To be confronted with the ways our eating is harming the world and ourselves is scary. Saying something to passively defend oneself may be a natural response. But I find that as a fat woman, I get these responses much more often. I am less likely to be seen as health-conscious, or even animal-aware. I am more likely to be seen as trying some fad to lose weight (and only because I must be so miserable fat).

Even John McDougall, a wonderful resource for veganism and healthful living, wrote an article on the fat vegan. He called us “an oxymoron,” claiming we are not showing compassion for the animal in ourselves.

The reality is this — if I were trying to lose weight, it wouldn’t happen overnight. I didn’t gain it all that way, either. Becoming vegan is an important step for health at any size. I drink my green juice (and like it!), roast my brussels sprouts and occasionally make vegan mac and cheese, too. I am just like any other vegan trying to live a life of compassion, clarity and consciousness. And I am fat too. I may remain fat. I will still be healthier because of my diet choices.

So the next time you’re faced with a sister vegan, and she isn’t what you expect, just smile. Revel in the reality of our differences and the joy of our shared journeys. Make a green juice toast, and share a recipe for compassion. Vegans come in all sizes.

Shell Feijo is a vegan mama striving for health, compassion, and lots of laughter. Her book, “Pigs Are People Too: Experiences of a Fat Woman in America” is forthcoming — just in time for the after-holiday diet season. She lives in Iowa City.

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71 responses to One Size Does Not Fit All
  1. I can’t believe what the server said! But yes, people can be insensitive often times. Thank you for the inspiration :)

  2. You go girl! What that woman said was a big deal. She was being rude & judgmental. I come from the opposite spectrum where people assume I don’t eat or don’t eat well enough because I’m thin (I’m raw vegan). In reality, there are so many factors that go into what makes someone healthy, and appearance isn’t always the best barometer. The inside of me is way healthier & happier than when my appearance was more “attractive” to the standards of society. I don’t judge people according to appearance in the same manner as others tend to & never have. Because it means so little in the scheme of things. You’re a great role model for others out there with similar body types and just in general. :)

  3. great post. Thanks for sharing your story.

    I like this quote:
    “Worse — people often feel like they can comment on eating habits without being invited. Add size to that equation, and people are full of comments, criticisms and, of course, dieting advice.”
    And more, add ‘disease’ to that equation, and people are even more full of comments and criticisms, and living advice (without even having the faintest idea what the disease means or entails).

  4. Thank you for this. A very powerful and honest example of how we “fat biased” we are. I’ve seen this in myself many times and appreciate the reminder. Would love to have you as a guest blogger some time.

    You can send me an email through my website.

  5. I love this post! You are gorgeous and strong!

    I was a chronic dieter UNTIL I went vegan. Then I allowed myself to enjoy food instead of shun it. To celebrate what it does for my body instead of thinking about what I should omit from my body.

    I got bigger as a vegan (and am very healthy). I even started an alter-ego Twitter account (@notaskinnyvegan) :)

    Thanks for speaking out. It’s important.

  6. Love this! Your frank opinion is so refreshing.
    I just pity all the people who get confused when they can’t fit people into their narrow stereotypes. If you’re healthy, happy, and feel great, then there’s nothing wrong there.

    Keep on keeping on!

  7. I am a fat vegan too… and sadly I get many of the comments and looks. Thanks for this refreshing post! Keep up the great work!

  8. It’s a shame that people are sometimes so rude and judgemental. Remember how strong, beautiful, healthy and talented you are and be proud. Get a cool “soundbite” ready to go for the next dense idiot you encounter.

  9. you do your thing girl! rock on! :)

  10. I almost didn’t read this post, but I’m SO glad I did. LOL I am a fat primal/paleo/real foodie. Or whatever you want to call it. I eat grass fed local meats and veggies and lots of healthy fats, make everything from scratch and limit my grains and sugars. I’m overweight. I’ve been overweight my whole life. But I feel better than ever now. I have more energy, sleep great, aches and pains are gone, and even work out each day. I am losing weight. But that’s not my main goal. And I’M the one who gets judgmental looks from my skinny friends who eat low fat yogurts and drink a diet coke but take numerous meds each day just to get through. What’s up with that?!?!

    Thank you!

  11. Great article! It is an odd experience to be judged on your health on appearance alone. I am in an equal but opposite situation. I had been struggling with a chronic illness for 2 years, with all the meds, procedures and hospital stays, I had lost close to 60 pounds. People said I looked “great!”, they always told me I looked “healthier than ever”. (wha?!) if i wasn’t nauseous already, those comments surely had me wanting to wretch. What they didn’t know is that I was SICK, very sick. After yet another hospital stay, I too came across Crazy Sexy Diet and, like you, it clicked. I’ve been a green juice lovin’ fool ever since. The irony…I haven’t lost a single pound! I have actually been able to maintain my weight for the first time in 2 years! I’m six months in and slowly gaining strength and making each day an opportunity to eat as many different colored veggies as possible – I make a little game of it. Thanks for sharing. If I had been in line next to you I would have said “Isnt this fantastic they are offering a vegan option?!”

  12. YOU GO GIRL.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11 TELL THEM ALL.. WE ALL GOTTA START SOMEWHERE.

  13. “The reality is this — if I were trying to lose weight, it wouldn’t happen overnight. I didn’t gain it all that way, either.”

    Exactly. It’ll take some time but you’ll lose the weight you don’t want and you’ll be healthy. That’s all that really matters.

  14. I…LOVE…this!

  15. Enjoyed reading

  16. Thank you thank you thank you! Just started on the quest for health here too, and am sure I’ll encounter the same skepticism while I try to drop the pounds. It blew my mind when my GP suggested weight-loss surgery a couple of years back, like it was the most normal option in the world. How far we’ve fallen as a society…now I’m finding my way with green smoothies, Kris and Alicia Silverstone’s books, and I know it’s working when I wake up feeling great every morning!

  17. Kick Ass Shell!!!!

  18. Loved your post! I have recently discovered Kris and her Crazy Sexy Life site and just ordered her book and several others. Am a new vegan, and it’s all a journey, isn’t it? I still find it shocking how judgy people can be (usually while slugging down their 4th Diet Coke!) I suppose many times it’s easier than looking in the mirror. I have certainly done the diet of the day, but this choice of honoring my body and giving it real fuel and respecting its strength feels right and fantastic! Giving you a high down I80 in Davenport!

  19. As a curvy vegan, I love this, and wrote about my own story yesterday. I didn’t go vegan to lose weight and have not experienced the weight loss that so many emphasize. Sometimes it has made me wonder if I’m somehow “failing” as a vegan for not becoming a skinny-mini on this lifestyle. But, I’m healthy, I’m active, my husband and I only eat out occasionally, and I make healthy foods, including green smoothies every day. And, I feel good! Isn’t that supposed to be what matters? Not so much about the size of our hips? Shell, I’ll definitely raise a glass of green juice to, and with, you!

  20. Lovely article. My mind is boggled by that woman’s comment — though it does sometimes seem like the mere presence of a vegan is enough to cause other people’s food issues to hork unprettily to the surface. Great read, and I can’t wait for the book!

  21. This was such an honest post, my favorite line: “Worse — people often feel like they can comment on eating habits without being invited. Add size to that equation, and people are full of comments, criticisms and, of course, dieting advice.” This is so true, and I can only imagine how much more people feel the need to comment when they meet a vegan who doesn’t fit their idea of a vegan. Thanks for this!

  22. This was such a beautiful and inspirational post! I hope that your honest words and courageous example will inspire us all to live healthy green lives at any size and to go vegan for healthy weight and wellness.

    And at any rate people like us are a million miles of wonderful beyond Atkins and other body-polluting, planet-ruining quackery. Not to mention my colleagues who live on cigarettes and diet coke to stay thin! Blehck!!

    And, BONUS: There’s such an amazing, supportive community of vegans out there – you’re sure to do great, because you’ll be surrounded by love and care for the whole journey.

    Take care! Good luck!

  23. Thank you so much for sharing.

  24. Beautiful article! Thank you so much for sharing! And I also live in Iowa City! Iowa vegans reppin’ it! <3

  25. This point of view is so important. Stereotyping vegans just makes us more different, more strange, less accessible. In the wake of Love Your Body Day, it’s so important to remember that our dietary and lifestyle choices affect so much more than us as individuals. They affect our health and well-being, but also the health and well-being of our animals and environment. What a touching story!

  26. Another fat vegan! Yes! While i’ve tried to keep my veganism separate from my discussions on fat acceptance and health on my blog, it’s come up a time or two because of, as you’ve pointed out, the outrageous amount of fat hate that specifically comes out of the vegan community and those who believe that vegan=healthy=thin. Thanks for posting this- we need as many vegans as possible talking about fat acceptance and fat stigma. Def. subscribing :)

  27. You are beautiful, you are wonderful, you are healthier than you were before. The longer you continue on the path you have chosen, the healthier you will become. Those people who said what they said to you were very unkind. I love everything you say here. With one exception. The indisputable fact is if we are obese, we are not healthy.

  28. Thanks for sharing this! I’m definitely subscribing to this blog!

  29. All the power to you! i think its great that you are confidant and stand up for your gorgeous self! BUT one question arises: even though you are a healthy eater does that mean you are healthy? what i mean by this is, being over weight or even worse, obese, is not considered healthy on any aspect..even though the food that have made you this way are in fact healthy eats. so the question remains: can one be fat and healthy???

  30. i’ve been a vegan for a year and a half. in that time i’ve gained 20lbs. while weight loss/gain was never a motivator in my cutting out animal products, i have to admit the fact that i don’t have control over that aspect of my body is frustrating. especially because my weight gain only seems to be increasing and, having educated myself on vegan health, i make sure to eat healthy. most importantly add to that the fact that i feel unwell as a vegan, i’ve decided to add some (sustainable & ethically treated) animal products back into my diet. based on my own experience and having done extensive reading into nutrition, i’ve come away with the belief that everybody’s body is different. and we all react to the same food differently. therefore, everyone needs to find out what works best for them (i just hope it’s kind!). i hope you have success in this new lifestyle! i wish it had worked better for me.

  31. Thank you for your post!I have to agree with veggieleven that people often feel entitled to offer their opinions. Im guilty of it myself today when I criticized splenda when someone at work asked me of I had any. Judgement happens almost instantly no matter how good our intentions are. You brought this to light today in your post.

  32. Wonderful post! I too am a fat vegan. I’ve had several people say “You? Are a Vegan?” I thought it was because I “look too normal” but this made me think that maybe its because of my weight.

    As someone who has an auto-immune disorder but “doesn’t look sick” I understand that looks are deceiving. I am striving to make myself as healthy as I can. It has resulted in some weight loss, but not a huge amount.

    I love that you are working on being healthy. That’s my goal too. And I love your attitude!!

  33. Thanks so much for this post! I agree with veggieleven that the most poignant part of your piece was that people usually feel entitled to offer their opinions. I was guilty of it today when someone at work asked me if I had a packet of the popular sugar-free sweetener that is made of chemicals. When I sarcastically called it poison, he got very defensive. No matter how great the intentions, no one should be judgmental. Your post was a great reminder!

  34. Thought-provoking, inspirational, heart-breaking…thank you so much for sharing your experience!

  35. This is a really awesome post. I’m a vegan who isn’t thin, and it bothers me me when veganism is painted solely as a weight loss solution.

  36. Awesome article. If you want more support for your ideas, check out the Health at Every Size movement. I’ve written a book with that title: Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight ( and you can also find many other (free) resources on that website and my home site (, including scientific articles that show evidence to support these views, and practical tips on how to enjoy food and make healthy choices. Also check out the HAES Community Resources (

  37. Good for you for writing this : )

  38. Great article and congrats on regaining your health :)

  39. You are gorgeous. Your attitude and truthfulness about yourself is compelling – each of us would be lucky to have the confidence and pride you carry. Proudly defy stereotypes and judgement!

  40. Yes! Glad to see some fat positivity in some vegan spaces! Woot! And the comments are so glowing — I love it!

  41. Thanks everyone for the wonderful comments, thoughts, and experiences! I love the community I feel from this blog post. And, to answer the question of health and obesity – I do believe one can be healthy and fat, just like one can be unhealthy and the “ideal” weight. In fact, weight can help those fighting some cancers, help us with aging and keep us more stable through various issues of menopause. That said, I agree with the idea that all our bodies respond in different ways. And, for me, I love the way loving myself with a vegan lifestyle makes me feel (and makes my medical tests look!). xoxo Shell

  42. WHY AM I NEVER THERE WHEN SOMEONE IS THIS IGNORANT! I admire you, Shell. I want to be vegan but I could never give up my seafood. You are such a strong, beautiful woman, with a right hook that should have met her face. I hate that the only time people compliment me on the way I look is when I lose weight. Otherwise they have nothing to say. I am more uncomfortable when they are complimenting me because then I become obsessed about gaining it back since I must have been a cow before! AND hasn’t anyone heard ” beans and rice didn’t miss her”? They didn’t say pork and beans! You know a woman that can’t cover her bones makes for an uncomfortable ride anyway. I’m just saying.

  43. Thank you all so much for the wonderful comments! You all inspire me. And to answer the questions about health and obesity – I do believe health is possible when obese, much like one can be unhealthy and the “ideal” weight. My medical tests would support this. That said, I agree with the posts about each of us having to find our way, listen to our bodies and trust ourselves. Yes. That is exactly it – and we should not be judged. Lovely community! xoxo Shell

  44. I am currenlty trying to be present while I eat. I am trying to understand where the food came from and what suffering occured for me to eat. Because of you my role model

  45. Your post was very heartfelt. Change is definitely a slow and continuous process that can first begin with the desire to be healthy. Congrats on being able to take that first step. There are a variety of choices for a vegan and one that we’ve tried is through Asian-inspired cruisine that fuses easily accessible American and Asian ingredients/spices.

    Good luck on your vegan journey!

  46. When I used to be on a strict diet because of my severe IBS people sometimes implied that I had an eating disorder and it was all in my head. That really hurt because all I wanted was to be able to interact socially and be able to do things outside of my home. And I was working so hard to try to solve my health issues. It made me sad that people added to my pain instead of trying to encourage or help me.

    It was definitely not in my head – and after 3+ years of suffering from severe IBS plus nerve damaged pelvic floor muscle issues I had colostomy surgery – and once I healed I finally got my life back!

  47. great article. Thank you so much for writing this, I felt change in my heart as I read thru it! You are a strong woman!

  48. John McDougall is one of the most fat-phobic doctors out there. If you say you’re on his program (either version) 100% and GAINED weight he (and some of his rabid followers) tell you that you must be doing it wrong, that the weight WILL come melting off if you follow it right. And if it doesn’t, eat less starch and more vegetables (Even though it’s touted as a starch-based program).

    Then he wrote an article on how not everyone can lose weight on his plans, that they need something stricter, like The Rice Diet, that allows around 800 calories a day (See the Nov 2005 McDougall newsletter on Volume Eaters).

    And a few years later he tells the world about how he and his wife, 2 already-thin people, occasionally go on an even stricter version of his food plan now and then to lose a few pounds *they* gained (He calls this variant the “Mary’s Mini”).

    There are a lot of us fat McDougallers who no longer post to the forums because people there are just as bad as the majority of doctors, telling us we’re liars when we say we follow the food plan 100%. feel healthier, have fantastic lab and blood pressure numbers, but remain fat, even morbidly obese. Makes a person just want to hang out at the PPK (Post Punk Kitchen) forums instead.

  49. Love this article! Way to be empowered!

  50. Really important post. I needed to read this! Thank you!

  51. Really important post. I needed to read this. Thank you!

  52. youre fabulous. Im a fat educated natural foods vegetarian who exercises. this is tough for me, but much tougher for others. go figure

  53. Thank you for becoming a compassionate eater. The animals deserve better, and so do all of us. Good luck on your journey to good health.

  54. Sending you all my love, beautiful lady~

  55. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Finally, another fat vegan. I thought I was the only one.I encounter people all the time who doubt my vegan lifestyle all the time, many of them being my own family. I definitely have felt isolated, so glad to know there’s someone else out there.

  56. Shell, thanks so much for sharing this! Thanks for making us all think about the “stupid” things we say and the judgement we carry.

  57. I’m with you! Stay healthy!

  58. Thank You so much for writing this article. We live in a society that judges people with a little extra on their bodies.(so sad) I know plenty of fat skinny people who are not healthy. Keep up the healthy eating habits. I

  59. Thank You so much for writing this article. We live in a society that judges people with a little extra on their bodies (so sad) I know a lot of skinny fat people who are not healthy. Keep up the healthy lifestyle.

  60. For years, I have been questioning our focus on weight. Our Creator made us in all differnt sizes, shapes and colors. What a boring world it would be if we all wore size zero. Some of the thinnest people I know have the highest cholesterol counts. And don’t even get me started on the while barietric surgery stuff. I congratulate you for loving yourself, just as you are. If you feel healthy, that’s all that is important in my book. (from a former nurse who got out before the system killed her.)

  61. Being vegan is a conscious choice for yourself, animals, and the planet. But being vegan or vegetarian doesn’t mean one is eating properly. Douglas Graham in The 80/10/10 Diet book explains this process quite well. As I’m sure Gabriel Cousens would have his take on this too.

    I admire your intentions, but we need to be mindful and honest with ourselves when we justify. Of course, other people’s opinions can be outright rude, but some are also enabling, and that doesn’t help us either.

    Consider, how often do people actually reach out and ask for help and suggestions from those around them? Most of our time is spent weeding through tons and tons of information and misinformation online.

    Aside from anyone’s opinion, including my own, the bottom line is:

    It is not healthy, nor natural for the body to hold onto excess fat. There is a reason. The main question is to determine why your body is doing so.

    Possible solution: It may be as simple as needing a reboot, as in the documentary Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. Then perhaps a Low Fat Raw Vegan lifestyle after.

  62. It never ceases to amaze me how people can be so rude and think that they can comment on your appearance, whether that be weight, hair, skin or fashion sense! Good luck with your book.

  63. I wish you lived in my little, seemingly progressive university town in the southeast (not Midwest, although when I visited Iowa City and its Prairie Lights bookstore, I liked it a lot), because we’d be friends! Thanks so much for the post, dear vegan sister. As we all should know, size doesn’t matter.

  64. It always surprises me when I find myself reminding fellow vegans that humans are animals too, so we should be kinder to each other. Thank you so much for sharing your story; I look forward to your book.

  65. Hi! Thank you so much for your post. Your words are an inspiration for many other people. I think society will never change in regard to respecting the fact that we are all different, special, and unique. My 17 year old son has been a vegan for the past few years and as his mom, I am very proud of his choices. At the beginning, when he was younger I would help him order in restaurants, tell certain people and yes, eyes would roll and people would look at him like he was an alien. I am so happy that he has found his own voice and when people look at him with that “look”, he stops and actually educates people about what a vegan is and why living a vegan lifestyle is important to him. I am so inspired by my son, I started a blog called “My Son the Vegan” so that other people can share in this wonderful journey we are on. I hope you take a peak! Thank you so much!

    Sincerely, Darryl

  66. Great article! I’m looking forward to reading the book

  67. Oh Shell…I hear ya sister. I have always been “overweight” my whole life. I’ve lost some weight and gained some weight but I’m a big girl. I have been a vegetarian for over 20 years and vegan for about 10 now. I can’t even tell you how many times someone has said to me, “I thought vegetarians were supposed to be skinny.” or have completely disregarded my stand about how a vegan lifestyle is far superior to an omniverous or even vegetarian diet.” Usually a “skinny” meat eater will tell me that clearly she’s far healthier than me because she weighs less. It’s frustrating but I know I’m living my life like I mean it, following my heart and trying to live the most wonderful, compassionate, dignified, joyous life possible. Thank you for your article. Thank you for your compassion. You are beautiful and amazing. It’s nice to know I’m not alone out there.

  68. Thank you, Shell,
    …for saying it all so well.
    And to Jill S for her post; like she says, it is so great to know one is not alone out here in this field of life.
    As I finish up my lunch dessert, Vegan pumpkin pie a la mode (homemade coconut milk ice cream), I salute you, and your upcoming book, for not giving in or feeling guilty because society tries to tell us that one size should fit all, and then tries to punish us for not succumbing to that faulty line.
    Keep living your life “like it’s golden,” ’cause it is!
    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  69. Thanks for your post! I’m also glad to know I’m not alone in the world! People are so heartless and cruel to one another, even the “enlightened” ones still hold on to stereotypes. It must be a fear-response.

  70. i was a fat raw vegan. Being vegan is not synonymous with being healthy. Vegan foods, especially packaged ones, are some of the most unhealthy, often chemically laden, sugar filled foods there are. And too much of a good thing is still too much. Ultimately, as a holistic nutrition consultant, I encourage ALL clients to eat a plant based diet…preferably organic, seasonal and local whenever possible. But even organic, vegan, homemade cakes, cookies, pies, frozen desserts, prepared meals, etc..are still not the best choice for the most part. While the vegan carrot cake from my local health food grocery store is divine, and definitely a better choice than regular store-bought carrot cake that may be filled with preservatives and artificial ingredients, the vegan/organic choice still is filled with sugar, white flour and will add to the risks of diabetes, heart disease, inflammation, etc.

    I was a fat raw vegan because I ate too much and based on my biochemical individuality, I did not thrive energetically eating in this manner. Today, I am at a healthy size, though that is not my focus at all. My focus is on supporting my own blueprint for optimal health. While I am not vegan, my diet is centered on whole organic plants…veggies, fruits, seeds and nuts. I avoid cheese and milk and most dairy with the exception of a little organic Greek yogurt here and there. I eat organic local farm fresh eggs that I buy from people whom I know who raise chickens nearby, and I eat wild salmon and local trout for clean protein sources. I do not feel good when I eat grains and beans and soy, so I avoid them for the most part…when I do eat a grain, like brown rice or quinoa (actually a seed), a portion is small, under 1/2 cup. I especially avoid sugar, fruit juices (unless I make it myself), refined wheat, pasta of any sort, etc.

    My point is that we are each different and not everyone is meant to eat a vegan diet. And eating a vegan diet, though a big improvement most of the times from a SAD diet, is not necessarily healthy nor right for a person. It wasn’t for me.

    I commend you for taking an active role in your health. And keep doing it! However, as you continue on your journey, don’t let the dogma surrounding your diet rule you..listen to your body…if you feel healthy and energetic and you are free of dis-ease, then keep doing what you’re doing…but if you start feeling less than healthy or what is working now stops working, be open to change. At 46 yrs old, I am in the best shape of my life…inside and out. But my needs today are different than they were at 40, at 35, at 25, 15…etc… Being open to change is the best way to be open to being aware of your needs and listening to your own inner voice. Namaste…Lisa

  71. THANK YOU!! I feel like the only fat vegan on the planet. 280 lbs is so easy to get to eating fries, Oreos and vegan ice cream. No problem at all. Granted, I have lost weight now (a personal choice), but still, going vegan to lose weight is a terrible idea because just that, in itself, doesn’t work. I’m living proof. Do it to be compassionate to other beings and the earth and eventually you might come around to being compassionate to yourself (I’m still working on that one).