|Angelica before and after.|
I grew up naturally thin, in a home where meals were served with lots of ground meat and starches. Vegetables were typically cooked carrots, peas, and corn. At 14, I was diagnosed with depression and put on a variety of medications. It was only after I became suicidal and years of different anti-depressants that studies came out saying MAOIs actually cause suicidal thoughts in adolescents. Go figure.
After 5 years, I got off the meds that were making me sick, and I was left with a tormented nervous system and the side effect every young woman dreads - weight gain. It was detrimental to my self-image and I began eating instead of exercising to comfort myself.
I went from a size 5 to a size 16, and on a 5'1" frame. I felt disgusting. I started different diets and gained back the 30 lbs I had shed so quickly because I was eating processed garbage. Fat free, fake JUNK was all I fed myself. But it was low calorie, so it was good, right? Wrong.
In 2009, after having my second baby, I was determined to make big changes. I stumbled upon the Eat-Clean Diet and lost 35 lbs. I took up weight training and followed the book with excitement. I felt SO energized and STRONG. After going through a rough patch, in January 2012, I recommitted myself to proper nutrition and I know Eating Clean is a huge factor.
I resolved to become a vegetarian for both ethical and nutritional reasons. I re-read my Eat-Clean book, but realized while there was a wealth of info available for omnivores, I was struggling to find a variety of plant-based protein sources. Now that Tosca has come out with her Eat-Clean Diet Vegetarian Cookbook I know this is a permanent lifestyle that I can live with!