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An esthetician turned online fitness coach says she overcame her binge eating disorder by adopting a vegan diet

Nichole Lewis says she was at the ‘lowest point’ in her life in 2017. Her mental health was so bad she had covered all the mirrors in her house and refused to look at pictures of her body.

‘It broke my heart’

Speaking to PBN, Lewis said: “In November of that year, I watched my first plant-based documentary What The Health.

“It opened my eyes to the negative impact animal agriculture has on not only the environment but our health.

“I was pregnant at that time, it truly broke my heart seeing mothers being separated from their babies.”

‘I finally felt satisfied’

Then, Lewis made the switch to a vegan diet.

“I was so worried about what others would think if I went plant-based, but I knew I had to try it,” she added.

“I gave myself 30 days and I never went back. Finally, I felt satisfied after I finished a meal: I no longer felt like I needed to binge. Now, I have more energy and mental clarity.”

‘I started with yoga and kickboxing classes and eventually gathered the confidence to enter the weight room’

Six weeks after her daughter was born, Lewis started working out and going to the gym. 

“I started with yoga and kickboxing classes and eventually gathered the confidence to enter the weight room where I fell in love with fitness,” she said.

“I experimented in the kitchen with new healthy recipes and realized early on that plant-based food is not boring.”

‘It may just change your life’

A year and a half later, Lewis has lost 120lb of body fat and has become a licensed personal trainer. 

“I enjoy food more than ever before,” she explained.

“I love showing my friends and family how delicious plant-based food can be. I’m now a health coach, helping others achieve their health and fitness goals. 

“So, if you are curious about a plant-based diet give it a try it may just change your life.”

Binge Eating Disorder

According to the NHS, the main symptom of binge eating disorder is eating a lot of food in a short time and not being able to stop when full.

Other symptoms include: eating when not hungry, eating very fast during a binge, eating alone or secretly, and feeling depressed, guilty, ashamed or disgusted after binge eating.

If you think you may have a binge eating disorder, it is important to seek medical attention. 

You can find out more about Lewis’ fitness coaching here

Liam Giliver

Liam is the former Deputy Editor of Plant Based News. He has written for The Independent, Huffington Post, Attitude Magazine, and more. He is also the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.