My second article is live on http://www.myfitstation.com.
“I’ve found I’ve thrived more on a plant-based diet than my previous omnivorous diet because my food choices have drastically increased. I find myself craving foods I’ve never liked or would have never eaten in the past like beans, peas and spinach to name a few…
I maintain a healthy relationship with food because I mostly see food as fuel and I don’t beat myself up mentally if I find myself eating a cookie or two, or ten. Those exceptions are rare and I listen to my body and it’ll usually tell me “hey that wasn’t good, you’re going to feel like crap now”.
Body image was always an issue for me starting in middle school. I wanted to be thin[er] like some of the girls in higher grades. I wanted to be pretty like them (by that time I had hit puberty and had terrible acne). I would buy tons of makeup products and facial washes actually thinking “this is it, I’m going to be as pretty as them”. I would skip out on desserts in hopes of having thin arms and thin legs. NOTE: I never had an eating disorder growing up. I spent so much time constantly worrying about that.”
Read more for recipes here: Thriving on a Plant-Based Diet.