Woman becomes a raw vegan and started living as a mermaid after doctors found a lump in her breast

A woman who changed her lifestyle after discovering a lump in her breast now lives as a raw vegan mermaid — which she says has caused her to feel like she has reversed the aging process.

Lisa, 37, who goes by the alias Raw Vegan Mermaid, had a health scare back in April 2013 when doctors found a lump in her breast.

While the lump turned out to be benign, the college professor, from Ontario, Canada, has since made it her goal to center her life around her happiness and well-being.  

Changes: Lisa, 37,  had a health scare back in April 2013 when doctors found a lump in her breast. She then became a raw vegan and took up the hobby of 'mermaiding'

Changes: Lisa, 37,  had a health scare back in April 2013 when doctors found a lump in her breast. She then became a raw vegan and took up the hobby of 'mermaiding'

Changes: Lisa, 37, had a health scare back in April 2013 when doctors found a lump in her breast. She then became a raw vegan and took up the hobby of ‘mermaiding’

Process: While the lump turned out to be benign, the college professor, from Ontario, Canada, has since made it her goal to center her life around her happiness and well-being

Process: While the lump turned out to be benign, the college professor, from Ontario, Canada, has since made it her goal to center her life around her happiness and well-being

Process: While the lump turned out to be benign, the college professor, from Ontario, Canada, has since made it her goal to center her life around her happiness and well-being

Diet: As part of her raw vegan diet, Lisa (pictured holding up a papaya) eats large quantities of fruit and vegetables

Diet: As part of her raw vegan diet, Lisa (pictured holding up a papaya) eats large quantities of fruit and vegetables

Diet: As part of her raw vegan diet, Lisa (pictured holding up a papaya) eats large quantities of fruit and vegetables

Lisa decided she had to turn her health around by turning to veganism. Since then, she has noticed drastic changes in her energy levels.

She no longer suffers from the heartburn she had since the age of 12, and she says that she even feels younger.

Along with her vegan diet, Lisa also changed her exercise regime and took up the unusual hobby of ‘mermaiding’, which sees her put on a mermaid tail and swim in pools or in the sea. 

‘Being vegan has changed my life drastically because I have so much more energy. I feel like the ageing process has started to reverse and I’m getting younger,’ Lisa said.

‘I’ve managed to get rid of my chronic acid reflux and the heartburn that I had since I was 12.

Food: Lisa decided she had to turn her health around by turning to veganism. Since then, she has noticed drastic changes in her energy levels

Food: Lisa decided she had to turn her health around by turning to veganism. Since then, she has noticed drastic changes in her energy levels

Food: Lisa decided she had to turn her health around by turning to veganism. Since then, she has noticed drastic changes in her energy levels

Having fun: As part of her unusual hobby of 'mermaiding', Lisa likes to put on a mermaid tail and swim in pools or in the sea

Having fun: As part of her unusual hobby of 'mermaiding', Lisa likes to put on a mermaid tail and swim in pools or in the sea

Having fun: As part of her unusual hobby of ‘mermaiding’, Lisa likes to put on a mermaid tail and swim in pools or in the sea

Dedicated: Lisa likes to wear mermaid tails as a hobby and sometimes brings them along with her while traveling

Dedicated: Lisa likes to wear mermaid tails as a hobby and sometimes brings them along with her while traveling

Dedicated: Lisa likes to wear mermaid tails as a hobby and sometimes brings them along with her while traveling

Locations: The professor likes to swim either in pools or in the ocean with her tail on

Locations: The professor likes to swim either in pools or in the ocean with her tail on

Locations: The professor likes to swim either in pools or in the ocean with her tail on

‘Before I became vegan, I had the standard American diet of pizza, chips, chicken, beer, and sweets.

‘But now, I start my day with my signature jackfruit orange smoothie. Then throughout the day, while I’m writing on my laptop, I snack on fruit — with cherries being my favorite.

‘In a typical day, I will eat two pounds of cherries or sometimes an entire durian fruit. If I’m headed to the pool, I usually take about 10 carrots with me. Then for dinner I have a huge salad full of seasonal greens and whatever veggies I’m in the mood for, usually avocado, carrots and cucumbers.

‘At first I just started sharing raw vegan recipes on Instagram and great vegan restaurants I’d been to. I then eventually got into mermaiding, which is a wonderful and fun way to stay active.

‘I also think it’s really important to do things in life which bring you, and those around you, joy.’

Loving it: 'Swimming with my mermaid tail is an awesome full-body workout, especially a great core workout. It's also helped me to practice holding my breath for longer,' Lisa said

Loving it: 'Swimming with my mermaid tail is an awesome full-body workout, especially a great core workout. It's also helped me to practice holding my breath for longer,' Lisa said

Loving it: ‘Swimming with my mermaid tail is an awesome full-body workout, especially a great core workout. It’s also helped me to practice holding my breath for longer,’ Lisa said

Joy: The primary focus of Lisa's lifestyle change was to improve her health, but Lisa (pictured with her boyfriend) has also gained physical strength and more confidence

Joy: The primary focus of Lisa's lifestyle change was to improve her health, but Lisa (pictured with her boyfriend) has also gained physical strength and more confidence

Joy: The primary focus of Lisa’s lifestyle change was to improve her health, but Lisa (pictured with her boyfriend) has also gained physical strength and more confidence

Lisa has transformed her life since embracing her new raw vegan diet and mermaid lifestyle. The primary focus was to improve her health, but in doing so she has also found a new hobby that has given her physical strength and levels of confidence she never could have imagined.

Lisa now uses Instagram to inspire other people to find their real passions.

‘I am aiming to inspire people to find an activity that they find fun, as well as eating lots of vegetables and fruit along the way,’ she said.

‘I think moving your body and fueling it with nutrient-rich foods are two keys to living a happy life and to feeling great.

‘I do mermaiding any chance I can get, which is at least twice a week.

‘I go swimming in pools, practice underwater tricks at mermaid meetups or go to beaches, lakes, hot springs and glacier waters to swim in my tail.

‘During the winter, I typically head to Florida and I do a lot of outdoor pool swimming and I can also practice eating fruit underwater.

Activities: 'I go swimming in pools, practice underwater tricks at mermaid meetups or go to beaches, lakes, hot springs and glacier waters to swim in my tail,' Lisa explained

Activities: 'I go swimming in pools, practice underwater tricks at mermaid meetups or go to beaches, lakes, hot springs and glacier waters to swim in my tail,' Lisa explained

Activities: ‘I go swimming in pools, practice underwater tricks at mermaid meetups or go to beaches, lakes, hot springs and glacier waters to swim in my tail,’ Lisa explained

Snack: Lisa likes to take carrots with her when she goes to the pool and has been known to munch on the, while in costume

Snack: Lisa likes to take carrots with her when she goes to the pool and has been known to munch on the, while in costume

Snack: Lisa likes to take carrots with her when she goes to the pool and has been known to munch on the, while in costume

Sharing: The professor likes to post snippets of her life as a raw vegan mermaid online

Sharing: The professor likes to post snippets of her life as a raw vegan mermaid online

Sharing: The professor likes to post snippets of her life as a raw vegan mermaid online

Support: Lisa's boyfriend regularly helps her in and out of the water when she's wearing one of her mermaid tails

Support: Lisa's boyfriend regularly helps her in and out of the water when she's wearing one of her mermaid tails

Support: Lisa’s boyfriend regularly helps her in and out of the water when she’s wearing one of her mermaid tails

‘I also take my tails travelling. I’ve gone to find hidden hot springs in Arizona, and I visited secret caves in Iceland. Last year I stayed on an anchored boat off Key West and spent my time mer-snorkelling from the boat to an island and being hoisted up and down into the ocean.

‘Instagram has been a fun way to connect with other raw vegans as well as other mermaids. It’s a really great platform for sharing inspiration and for being inspired to eat healthily and keeping fit.

‘I have a lot of people who get very excited when they see me as a mermaid. The reaction is usually, “Wow, look — it’s a mermaid!” and people also ask to have photos taken with me.

‘Swimming with my mermaid tail is an awesome full-body workout, especially a great core workout. It’s also helped me to practice holding my breath for longer.

‘Seeing me puts a big smile on people’s faces too. It would be hard to look at a mermaid having fun and eating carrots by the side of the pool or on a beach and not to smile or laugh.

‘I love bringing joy to people’s lives and encouraging them to eat healthily, be active and to engage in any type of fitness which brings them joy.

‘I have always loved swimming and mermaids, so I knew I had to do this.’

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