Decca Aitkenhead, who writes for The Guardian and is an author of All At Sea, shared her story of getting healthy. At the very onset of 2017, Decca was battling a severe flu. A gentle remark by her friends about becoming more health-conscious has forced Decca to look back at her lifestyle.
She says she had never been too focused on living healthy. She calls herself a lazybum who likes to indulge in eating. Of course, she went to the gym from time to time and watched her weight, but that was about it.
In 2015, she had to undergo chemotherapy, gained weight and practically “lost" her immune system. So the flu became the last straw, and Decca decided the time had come for some serious changes.
She signed up for the Women's Health “Before and After" challenge and contacted Detox-Fit, a small company that offers the services of personal trainers and dietologists.
Since the Detox-Fit diet meant going vegan, Decca opted to try it for three months. She also started training with a former professional rugby player Rory Lynn. Rory told her her previous attempts at “fitness" - random treadmill and weightlifting exercises - weren’t exactly helpful.
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Instead, Decca learned bearwalking and how to do burpees, Turkish get-ups, Russian twists, one-legged glute bridges and crabwalk.
Getting used to all this wasn’t too easy, obviously, but what surprised Decca most was how much easier it gets when you have a trainer to watch your progress and tell you what to do. Going to the gym regularly, getting up early, taking cold baths became much, much easier as well.
As for going vegan, Decca says it has actually made her life easier as well. All it takes is to make a single decision not to consume anything of animal origin. And all the fast food just stopped affecting her, Decca said, while vegetables, seeds, legumes and fruits became a natural part of the diet.
Of course, it’s harder for vegans to eat out, but, Decca says, that’s what apps like Happy Cow are for - they help vegans find vegan food virtually anywhere in the world.
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Prior to switching to vegan diet, Decca thought vegans would happily indulge in eating something non-vegan, given the chance. And, since anti-animal cruelty wasn't what led her to veganism, she thought she would be tempted, from time to time, to eat meat as well.
Here's when another surprise came: she wasn't because she understood where the meat came from.
By the end of the year, Decca says, her main and only healthy lifestyle concern was… being too smug about it.
She lost some pounds and pumped up the muscles she never knew existed. And, first and foremost, she’s gotten used to her new vegan and environment-conscious self.
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