The woman who is being labelled a ‘toxin’ after being forced to eat all her meat for two weeks says she’s ‘not a monster’ and ‘truly sorry’ for her decision to become vegetarian.
Sarah O’Reilly said she had no intention of hurting anyone, and she felt she needed to be able to enjoy the benefits of a plant-based diet.
‘I can’t believe that I did it,’ she told the ABC.
‘It’s so toxic to me and I can’t accept it.
It’s just not my lifestyle.
‘What I am saying is I don’t know how I would survive without it and I want to try and make it a bit more sustainable.
‘And I have no regrets about it at all.’
Sarah O-Reilly, who has since become a vegan, was forced to start eating meat as part of her treatment to get her liver functioning again.
She said she was initially ‘totally devastated’ by her decision and felt it would make her feel better.
‘When I started, I was really angry, I felt like I had been lied to and deceived and I felt really horrible, I’m not going to lie to you,’ she said.
‘But when I saw the benefits I felt more at ease.
‘You feel so much more relaxed and calm.
I can actually eat my breakfast.
‘My family and friends are going to think I’m crazy, but they can see I’m eating my meat again.’
‘I am not a monster.
I don,t want to be a monster.’
Sarah, who is now an activist for a vegan diet movement called ‘Toxic Vegans’, was forced into a ‘thoroughly toxic detox’ after undergoing liver transplant surgery.
She was also forced to restrict her diet to only vegetables, fruit and grains.
‘There was a lot of stress,’ she added.
‘As a survivor of trauma, and as a woman who has survived all sorts of trauma I knew that the stress I was feeling was going to cause me harm.
‘So I just tried to find a way to avoid it completely and just go for it.’
Sarah said she found the detox extremely painful, and when she came back to Australia after undergoing surgery, she was left feeling ‘scared and overwhelmed’.
‘I was very scared and I was very confused,’ she explained.
‘The worst part was when I came back, I didn’t know what to do.
‘After that, I started to think about what I would like to do and what I wanted to do with my life.
‘That was a very difficult time for me because I was going through all of that stress and I needed to find some sort of closure and I wanted people to know that I wasn’t a monster, I wasn,t a bad person, and I really wanted to be the person I want people to remember me as.
‘At first I thought it was going be a long time to go, but after the two weeks I was able to really enjoy myself, I really enjoyed myself, and the doctors told me that I was getting better.’
Sarah is now a vegan and has started a campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of toxic vegans.
She told the BBC she would be doing it again if her liver could be restored.
Sarah has since turned her attention to becoming a vegetarian herself.
‘If I’m going to become a vegetarian I think I need to have a conversation with myself, because I don´t want people who say they are toxic and then try to force me into something that I donít want,’ she revealed.
‘Because I dont want them to take away from their health.’
Sarah’s campaign has raised $18,000 for her liver transplant.
It is not the first time she has become involved in a vegan cause, but her campaign has been one of the most successful.
‘People really need to understand that it’s not a vegan lifestyle,’ she continued.
‘For me, it was really a case of trying to find something that could actually help people and not just make me feel good.’