So here’s the deal why I never go so deep into answering “How did I lose the weight?”
Well…. its been a process! Let just say I really started to focus-focus on my weight loss in the beginning of 2015. By the ending of 2014 I was at my heaviest ever 243-245lbs give or take, 29-30 years old with numerous health conditions and of course PCOS.
Yep! That’s me! 2014
In reality; I never publicly discussed how I lost a-lot of my weight, because in my “non-doctorate personal “opinion – I feel like I didn’t do it the right/healthy way and personally don’t think anyone ever should do it the way I did.
Although it was effective “in a sense”, to lose the weight I was looking to lose & mega fast too (not the chuchiest idea when over 30 yrs old – you live/you learn). Unfortunately, I also gained a much more serious health condition due to…. well I guess…. just plain ole’ ignorance.
Not knowing, in reality how my diet was really going to affect me/my body at the time or much less in the long run.
I was only really focused on losing weight. I figured “if I lost weight the way that I was going about it; not consuming any carbohydrates or maybe very little carbohydrates, I was able to bring down my sugar which is a great thing for my PCOS & also loss weight quickly?! Win-Win”
What I didn’t take into account? How my diet which was essentially completely 100% animal-based protein not excluding high fats. Which mind you…. I thought I doing a extremely strict Atkins Diet (i am a millennial) aka now the new trend wrongfully explained “Keto” was actually going to affect my health-health?!
Did I lose the weight? Absolutely!! I lost about 100 pounds and I lost it quite fast too!
*note never saw a significant improvement on my skin; my skin never really cleared up it always stayed acne prone-based but I was able to lose weight.
2015 Weight Loss Transition
So what happened?
Why did I decide to stop doing this overly extreme keto diet lifestyle?
In-between losing all this weight ….. you guys don’t understand ….. I was so strict! I didn’t do any cheat dates at all for like months at a time… smh; which now I know that’s so VERY wrong & so bad to do.
I also was only eating animal protein; I really need to emphasize that because I feel that is what drove me to the incident that I had.
Example of the foods that I would eat was while working at the time 2 TV Shows, freelancing clients and of course my everyday personal home life.
breakfast 6 to 7 boiled eggs that’s it - maybe a possible sugar free yogurt? snack a few slices of air fried bacon lunch Caesar salad no croutons extra bacon, 2x cheese & grilled chicken. This was a go-to for me or while I was on the go (plus it was on the way to my 2nd daily gig) or Wendy’s - Double Stack Burger (Hold the onion, ketchup and bread duh) Pero let me get like 2 of those & side Cesar salad & no croutons. Snack Pork rinds with lime juice. Dinner Anything meat related whether it was a steak, a pork chop, grilled chicken chicken wings and or a salad and or a piece of cheese. Snack Any kind of beef jerky and or avocado & or a piece of cheese.
Of course I would get a little bit creative but in reality this was the substance. This is how I was consuming every day for almost like a year strong!
2016 – Mid Spring 2016 Weight Loss Transition
So what was the incident?!
Went to go get a regular doctor check up & I had some pre-cancerous cells show up in the results. Once that happened, I went through a few numerous other tests to confirm. Unfortunately it was confirmed that yes; they found pre-cancerous cells…. I wasn’t like close to cancer but I wasn’t very far either so it’s kind of like in the middle.
Mind you… my mother was with me while I was receiving this news… I was so scared….I was so scared ….I don’t even know what to say I was SO fucking terrified. I can’t imagine what my mom felt too…. thinking about it know; like damn what a shit show!
My thoughts “oh my god – my son- cancer? no way …. like how? how did this happen? what do I do?
ya know… anxiety IS my middle name!
“Imma JUST be Vegan!” In my mind & after all my nerdy research (plus I had been vegan in the past for a few months thanks to numerous chats with Aisha Thalia model/client/amazing vegan advocate). I felt like I could cure myself!
I mean if people could have faith in science & doctors why not in nutrition, research & myself.
I mean; the fear? …. like my life was being taken away & of course due to my actions, food consumption & etc. so technically speaking if I did this to myself I had faith I could revert this too!
Ultimately I had severe faith that I could!
And I did!
Again I’m not a doctor this is just my belief and with the amount of research that I’ve done throughout the years like I realize that the more plant-based you are the more healthy you become in every aspects, from skin, allergies, immunity, mental health you name it.
2016 – 2017 Vegan Weight Loss
Now; I won’t lie; I was very scared that I was going to gain weight too. Call me vain of whatever… it is what it is…. I mean…. technically speaking; there’s not too many vegetables & fruits once you become plant-based that are protein-based and are low on carbs – especially from what I was coming from.
I was really stuck in a mindset that if I consume carbohydrates I was going to gain weight.
To my surprise; the drive to become healthy just let go of the fear of gaining weight or maybe the fear was just replaced on to another fear …. whatever the case was …. I started to consume healthier foods.
The days of boiled eggs & bacon strips for breakfast got replaced by a multitude of fruits along side oatmeal, Chia seeds, Açai bowls, grits, vegan breakfast sandwiches (never liked tofu scramble)
Lunch became actual substance, creating delicious creative foods like a buffalo cauliflower wings, vegan tomato soups, beans of all kinds (shout out to my mom for always making the best vegan frijoles/beans of all time). And I’ve always been into sweets so once I found out Oreos were vegan pffffff I lost my mind hahah!
After incorporating 100% plant-based lifestyle….. now that didn’t mean I was sugar-free either I was just being 100% vegan. That meant no cheat dates too (no non vegan cookies, or non vegan cupcakes) still having comfort food but 100% vegan for about 6-7 months. My doctor asked me to come back in for a follow up … when he got the results he was pleasantly surprised and shocked really so he asked to do another one…. this time in extra 2 months and to his surprise again they were unable to find any … I’m talking about NONE – Zero Pre-Cancerous cells!
Ayeeeeeee!BEST news ever… EVER!
After that AMAZING news!! I remained vegan for 3 years. Not only did the body mass size shrinking continue haha I felt amazing and totally became that annoying “vegan” girl that wanted everybody to become vegan or least have the knowledge of it.
The thing is once I realized you could actual transform yourself and heal yourself by just diet and nutrition; I wanted everyone to feel just as good, you know!
✨It’s the Pisces in me man haha! ✨
I honestly don’t chat about the KETO/Atkins style diet for this reason; was it effective?! Sure was! But it also aided to a very scary time in my life that I honestly wouldn’t want anybody to feel.
Now before my KETO advocates wanna slay me (& not with glow) & also on the defense of these diets; I admit I did do these diets INCORRECTLY! I take full responsibility & accountability for my mistakes.
Unfortunately I thought I could just eat endless meat cause it was zero carbs. Please don’t do this same mistake. KETO is not that, please do your research. I’m seriously so luckily I didn’t become insulin deficient; as that’s something very common when doing a strict keto for too long.
Again I’m not a doctor; but damnnnnnn have I experimented! When I think about it; it’s nuts lol! I clearly use my body as a science experiment haha! But always for the good!
I share this information with you guys because in reality it’s my truth; not proud of it but it did lead me to having a lot more nutritional knowledge a lot more insightful healing the body/ mind body and spirit etc!
For my PCOS ladies: If you don’t wanna be vegan? Don’t, but definitely don’t do what I did.
Have a balanced diet, always try consume the least amount of “false food” I like to say such as cookies, cheese sticks , basically processed foods and sodas as those tends the be the worst for us.
But most importantly get your greens up! Whether you want to drink them I’m in a smoothie, cook them, eat them raw whatever it is!
And leafy greens?!?
This is a great benefit to us PCOS ladies as they usually contain a great amount of vitamin B. unfortunately Vitamin B is something PCOS tend to lack; causing irregular periods, obesity, insulin resistance in a lot of PCOS ladies.
During this Covid year …. I gained 20 unhealthy lbs …. but have currently lost 8 already haha! 2021 Aint got nothing on me! I’ll keep you guys posted on what has happened soon!
Hope this information is helpful! And if you have questions or need a PCOS friend! I’m here! Always feel free to reach out!