I was born in Armenia. I was raised mostly there but also in Russia at times. My family migrated to the US when I was 9. I've been a school girl all my life and it's still not over!
Snce this is a diet-related site, here's my story. Prior to coming to America, I had never eaten anything like cereals or chips, or pizzas. I had had two traditional glass bottles of coca-cola! And on occasion, I would have my favorite soft drink--a taragon-flavored, bright green drink. To be honest, I liked the color more than the taste.My diet was not vegetarian, but I didn't like meat that much. So, only occasionally, I would eat a traditional Armenian food with meat in it. But I felt weird about chunks of meat, it had to be ground then prepared in a way so I wouldn't see any arteries and other disgusting things intertwined in the meat. Mostly, I ate vegetable soups, stews, and starches. Potatoes were a staple, but, they were usually fried. The biggest culprit of my diet throughout was the spreading of butter on toast and placing slices of cheese on it. I had cheese with pretty much every meal! Mostly vegetarian yes, but very high in fat!
In America, my family stayed with mom's cooking for the most part. To this day, I've never tried one of those microwave dinners. I've only had ONE hamburger outside of home. And, as far as chips and other processed junk, those were kept to a minimum.
About a year ago, I began doing my research on diets and nutrition...I came to the conclusion that the vegan diet is the best, most sensible diet. I'll never go back to eating animal foods.
As far as my health, I feel amazing. I'm within the normal weight for a 29 year old female. However, I can't seem to get over the thought of losing the 10 or so pounds for vanity purposes. So, we'll see how I'll achieve that.