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I'm new to the forum please forgive any blunders after I post this.
I began my vegan diet journey two years ago. When I first changed my eating habits after reading Eating Animals by Jonathan Foer
I had no idea what I was doing diet wise. I came from a single parent family and most if not all of our meals were hamburger/tuna helper and canned microwave meals. My mother never cooked and in the end I had zero knowledge of where my food came from and honestly the distinction between the actual animal and what was on my plate didn't exist to me. Not until reading Eating Animals and being encouraged by a fellow vegan mom in one of my small social circles did I make the connection. When my daughter was born and began nursing I noticed her skin was rough and covered with, what some people call 'chicken skin', tiny small bumps. Before making the switch to a vegan lifestyle the same vegan mama mentioned above advised me to give up dairy. I tried it immediately and noticed a huge difference. Not only did my daughters skin clear up but my acne went away and I'm still blown away by the awesome-ness of losing the dairy bloat. Anyways...long story short, the first 4-6 months of my new diet left me feeling glorified by my decision to not eat meat but I still felt like crap from all the processed foods and sugar. I'm still living and eating day by day. Some days I'll pack away some pretty unhealthy foods but for the most part I'm staying active and eating clean. I started doing the exercises from Bodyrock.tv a few days a week with some homemade sandbags and dip station.
I love the progress that I'm making the slow and healthy way and will continue to update my progress along the way.