by MANDYASHCRAFT photosDUSTINASHCRAFT
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My name is Mandy, and I am from Corpus Christi TX. My hometown was labeled the “Fattest City in America” by Men’s Fitness magazine, which (as I finished a potato, bacon, egg, cheese, and avocado breakfast taco) I thought was really a shame. Corpus Christi has come a long way, grown beautifully and become more progressive…because we stopped to think about what we were doing with it and how to improve it. How could we make it feel better, look better, and function better in the long run? Your body is your own little city. I physically felt bad eating fatty foods, like I wasn’t getting anywhere; I felt like the magazine was exactly right and for good reason. And just like my hometown changed, I changed myself. I did some research, made educated decisions, and decided not to be a contributor to such an unhealthy statistic. I became vegetarian and it revealed (in a short time, actually) that any little effort you take towards your own health added up to a more positive existence as a whole. A lot of people claim that vegetarians try to “convert” other people to their lifestyle; gives me this image of hippies on bikes riding door to door with pamphlets, saying things like “Do you have a few minutes to talk about vegetables?” But rest assured, I have no such intentions. I don’t even have pamphlets.