Have you ever just looked back on your life and felt pure gratitude? This photo of Andrew and I popped up on my Facebook memories today and I was so full of thanks. Thanks for growth, thanks for life, thanks for my husband who's loved me since I was fifteen years old, thanks for my daughter, thanks for enlightenment, thanks for inspiration, thanks for love, thanks for LIFE! We've come such a long way in five years @rawmuscle. I'm so grateful and excited for more growth, more opportunity, and especially more love. Thanks for being my everything! ETA. This is the last week to sign up for the June workshop! If interested shoot me an email or follow the link in my bio. #rawandradiant #radiantmommy #mondaymotivation #weightloss #rawvegan #washandgo #veganfood #vegankids #veganmom #fitness #fit #momlife #eatclean #healthy #plantfood
Weight Loss Transformation of the Day: Ashley lost 125 pounds by embracing a Raw Vegan lifestyle. Her husband joined her and he lost 85 pounds by eating a raw, plant-based diet as well. Now, she is sharing her journey with us and inspiring others to consider the plant-based life with ebooks, cleansing programs and coaching on her website, Raw and Radiant.
About three years ago, I was beginning to look for ways to lose weight yet again. This time it was for my sister’s upcoming wedding and unlike previous attempts to shed the weight, I decided to do what I do best; research. I studied nutrition, human biology, disease, and how these things were related. What I found was absolutely mind-blowing. I found people who were reversing disease, losing weight, and gaining energy by solely eating raw fruit, vegetables, and leafy greens. So, instead of following advice from doctors who were telling me restrict calories, eat meat, and to take a popular weight-loss drug phentermine, I did the exact opposite. I went 100% raw vegan overnight and it changed my life.
I ended up losing about 125 pounds in little less than a year. My husband then followed suit about 5 months after I did and lost approximately 85 pounds. Thriving on a plant-based diet. I dived into studying the nutrient make-up of different foods, live food recipes, and so much more. Although I was shedding weight, it became about way more than the size of the pants that kept falling off of me and more about the entire health status of my physical body. The longer I ate living foods and gave up the standard American diet, the more I experienced euphoria, glowing skin, an increased amount of energy. I realized that foods should not be processed, altered, or heated in any way and that nature provides our food in its perfect form ready to eat.
I follow a raw, plant-based lifestyle so my meals consists mostly of fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, smoothies and fresh pressed juices. A typical day for me starts with lemon water followed by a green juice which is loaded with raw vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. For lunch I always eat fruit until I’m satisfied, dinner is usually a really large salad with a lot of different types of vegetables and different green leaves or it could be a raw vegan meal such as zuchinni pasta or raw pizza!
I have been featured on numerous media outlets, including People Magazine’s Half Their Size Issue (2014).
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