Veggie Diaries: How Sandra Nunez-Simms Lost 85 lbs By Becoming a Vegetarian

                           Sandra Nunez-Simms Before                             

 Today, we’re doing our very first veggie diaries with Sandra Nunez-Simms, one of our Thank God I’m Natural Facebook fans who lost 85 pounds when she switched to a plant based diet.  The goal of our veggie diaries are to highlight people who have become vegetarians, vegans, or opted to just go meatless every once in a while.  There have been several studies that have shown that a diet high in animal protein is causally linked to cancer and other ailments like heart disease and diabetes. It’s time to start taking better care of our ourselves, and the first step in that process is learning as much as we can about our how diet affects our bodies. Please don’t be overwhelmed, because we’re here to help.  Let’s take this journey to healthy living together. 

1.  Why did you give up meat?
Deciding to give up meat has been one of the easiest choices of my life.  Becoming a vegetarian has changed me.  I decided to give up meat because I was never a big meat eater.  My meat of choice has always been either chicken or turkey or occasionally beef .  After doing a lifestyle change on my eating habits, I realized that my diet seriously lacked vegetables.  I ate them occassionally but surely not with every meal.  Giving up meat was a way for me to incorporate more vegetables and live a healthier-greenier life.  Also, the idea of putting a face to my food kinda weirded me out.

2.  How long have you been a vegetarian, vegan, raw foodist, flexetairan?

I’ve been a vegetarian for almost three years.  I also define myself as a pescatarian as I do eat some seafood.

3.  What caused you to make the switch?

At more than 300 pounds, I decided I needed to eat healthier.  Also, from the lack of iron I was getting from not eating enough vegetables, my Anemia was sky high.

4.  What other areas in your life has been affected as a result?

As a result, I’ve lost 85 pounds. Of course I wish I could congratulate it all to not eating meat but I can’t. I can say though, I have way more energy than before and now I totally love veggies.

5.  How did you eat before you made the change?

Before I made the change, I was one chicken eating queen!  I ate a lot of fried chicken and chicken sandwiches.  I pretty much ate some form of meat three times a day.

6.  What do you miss about your old diet?

Honestly, nothing. I love having the options of not having to worry about eating healthy.

7.  What do your family members think?

My friends and family think I’m crazy!  They think I limit myself on food options and always feel the need to peer pressure me to eat meat.  Along with giving up meat, I also gave up eating milk and eggs so sometimes it does get a little tough when I have to go out and eat or eat sociall,y but it makes all for more interesting conversation.

8.  What does your significant other think?

We can leave this out as I don’t have a significant other…YET!

9.  If you have kids, what does their diet consist of?

Nope, no kids either.

10.  What are some great resources for people looking to adopt this lifestyle?

I would say, examine your lifestyle first.  Start slow by maybe reducing your meat intake and gradually go big.  I went cold turkey and it was hard.  Also, don’t get pressured by people on eating meat.  If you decide to do it, stick to it.  As well as, make sure you take a good amount of multi-vitamins because missing out on meat, means missing out on protein.

11.  Where do you go to eat out and what do you prefer?

I eat all the time at different places!  I occassionally get seafood dishes but I stick mainly to veggie entrees as well as salads.  I’ve also managed to find great vegan/vegetarian places that specialize in these areas and taste GREAT! I don’t feel like I’m missing out on a thing!

12.  How difficult is cooking?  If you cook a lot, how do you get it all in?

Cooking has been the best part.  I cook all the time!  The best part of cooking your own meal is you know exactly what’s in it.  I don’t have to guess and hope they aren’t using animal products.  There are tons of fruits and veggies to partake in.  I also do a lot of tofu to jazz things up. 

13.  What advice would you give to someone looking to make this transition?

My advise is think hard and commit!  Don’t worry about slipping up until you get the hang of it.  Learn to fall in love with fruits and veggies and be proud to be different from the rest of your friends and/or family.

Sandra Nunez-Simms AFTER!

Clap for her ladies. She deserves it!

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15 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Looking good!! I also became a vegetarian As of April 2011 weighing 236.5 and as of June 13, 2011 I lost 21.5 pounds, taking me to 215 pounds! My goal is to reach 156 by April 2012!!!

  2. 3

    ebonysea7 said,

    Sandra looks great! Very inspiring.

  3. 6

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!… see your transformation is inspiring… God Bless you!!

  4. 7

    Chenille Mitchell said,

    Very inspirational! She looks great and I’m sure feels awesome too! In the past year I have lost about 85lbs and I’ve hit a serious plateau:-( This article has inspired me to look more into vegetarian lifestyle. The YouTube video by Alana has also inspired me to go look for the book! Thanks the enlightenment about a healthier lifestyle.

  5. 8

    Trecia 'uniquenatural' Mitchell said,

    I thank you for sharing your story and not being ashamed, it helps other women, especially black women to better themselves so we can be here to tell our stories. I my self have gained weight and this has been my highest weight in all my 25 (almost 26) years. I now weigh (if i’m reading the scale right) 360lb and i want to be 160-150lb and I’ve always been heavy set but never to the point where i’m uncomfortable with my body and just sluggish. I know i have to do something now because my life is about to change drastically, my husband and I are starting a church and I want to give GOD, my hubby, and the people the best of me. So i would love to stay in contact with you and others to keep encouraging and informing each other. I can be reached at;

    THANKS Natural Loves!!!

  6. 9

    Yes, this is an inspiration to me as well!! I love hearing these success stories of lifestyle changes for the good!! Keep on keeping on Sandra!! You can do it!! I’ll be continuously rooting for you!!! *holding pom-poms* LOL

  7. 10

    Peggy said,

    Congrats..I have been a vegetarian for 6months and I love it! Don’t miss my previous food habits not one bit!

  8. 11

    ada said,

    Hi I was wondering if you did gastric bypass or lap band alone with you new eating style or was it just the change of eating habits and excersice?

  9. 12

    Naturaldisiac said,

    Congrats!!! you look wonderful!

  10. 14

    Its like you read my mind! You seem to know so much about
    this, like you wrote the book in it or something.
    I think that you can do with some pics to drive the message
    home a little bit, but other than that, this is great blog.

    A fantastic read. I will certainly be back.

  11. 15

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    Do you consider this is a good foundation to start with?
    I would be really grateful if I could ask you some questions through e-mail so I can learn a bit more before getting started.
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