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VeggieAna: My Journey to a Healthy Lifestyle

Ana Paula Chavez

One of Peru’s first – and youngest – healthy lifestyle bloggers reveals what it took to choose the right path for her body and soul.

VeggieAna: My Journey to a Healthy Lifestyle

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This article was originally published in the July issue of An Extra Shot. To enjoy the entire issue for free, download your e-version here.

A few years ago I became ill as a result of emotional problems mixed with bad habits and lifestyle. At the time, I didn’t know that I was, in part, the cause of my illness. I also was not aware I had the power to not get sick ever again. I was tired of medication and eventually life led me to someone who was very well known in nutrition. She told me to give up red meat, but still eat chicken and fish. I started reading more into it on the internet, and suddenly bumped into a whole new world of healthy living, especially veganism. I researched for months (being informed is super important) just to make sure I was making the right decision.

Even though I had never done any type of diet or huge change in my lifestyle, I was happy to make this change. As soon as I started incorporating healthy meals in my diet, I realized how important it was not only for physical health but for mental health as well. A lot of plant-based foods help with depression, stress and anxiety. Eating an abundant and nutritious variety of plant foods (cereals, legumes, vegetables, fruits, nuts, etc; nature has it all!) really increased my overall health: hemoglobine, immune system, and even my focus in classes at college and fitness at the gym.

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I realized how important it was to nurture the body. Not to eat salads because I wanted to weigh a certain number or look a certain way, but because I loved myself and my body, and I could only give it the best foods as its fuel. I began seeing food, exercise and meditation as my resources for my own health. I started replacing bad habits and becoming conscious of who I was and the fact that I had my well being in my hands. Living a healthy lifestyle didn’t mean just changing my diet, it meant to have a whole change of perspective, in how I saw myself and the world. It is, to this day, the best decision I have ever made for myself.

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