I have always been considered curvy with my weight fluctuating in different seasons of my life. While in law school, I noticed myself gaining a bit of weight and getting bogged down with my work load. I decided to do something about it, so I met with a dietitian. We discussed my habits and she gave me recommendations for little things that I could change with tips and tricks. After about thirty minutes of her “small changes” talk, I looked at her and told her I wasn’t interested in small changes. I wanted a plan. I wanted structure. I wanted rules. I wanted to commit myself entirely and see what I could do. She looked at me, doubting my commitment, but reached for a copy of Eat to Live from her bookshelf. She told me that if I was seriously willing to commit, this would be the best way for me to lose weight, and she was right. I lost around 30 pounds and looked and felt great! At the time, I was on my parent’s insurance plan which allowed me follow up visits with the dietitian as much as I wanted. Those meetings kept me accountable. She and the other dietitians were so excited to be a part of my journey. Most of the people they saw were older and on their way to failing health. I don’t think they had ever had anyone come in willing to commit to that drastic of a change! Every time I came in, the other dietitians would pop in on my meetings to see how I was doing. It was exciting and I was doing great! Here comes the but: I moved to the city after dropping the weight and it slowly started to creep back on. I was no longer meeting with my dietitian, as she was far away. I was a lot more social while living in the city. I went out to eat a lot and frequently had drinks with my friends. For a while, I was an “at home” nutritarian, and I would let myself eat what I wanted when I was out. It was a slippery slope and by the time I began studying for the bar exam, I had given up completely. With the stress of the exam, securing post-bar exam employment, and juggling multiple part-time jobs, I packed on the pounds. I am now happily employed with a great work/life balance. My weight has stabilized, but it is a good bit higher than I would like and much higher that it was. I am no longer packing on the pounds, but I need to get rid of the ones I have! I do a bit of yo-yo dieting and it is exhausting. I know what I need to do: Eat To Live. It’s simple. I already know that I can do it and be successful. I am eager to begin this journey again with all of you as my support! I hope to be more active and engage with others on the Eat to Live Support Facebook page in order to keep myself accountable. I hope to hear from all of you on ways to remain social, but stick to Eat to Live. I am so grateful that I found this community and that Elisha has given me the opportunity to be a part of this group! Happy Eating!!
About the Author: Elisha, CNC
Elisha is the founder of the Eat to Live Support Group on Facebook, a community of 30k plus whole-food, plant-based eaters. Elisha began blogging about this lifestyle in 2010 after discovering that it was a treatment for years of yo-yo dieting and disordered eating. Today she is a mentor to thousands who are striving to adopt this lifestyle.