- Lizzie Ens, 36, from Ohio, is an ex-Amish member who left the community at 19
- She frequently shares health tips and shocking facts about her life online
- Most recently, Lizzie revealed the most surprising aspects of growing up Amish
A woman who ran away from her incredibly strict Amish community has revealed the three things that always shock people about how she grew up.
The ex-Amish member-turned-nutrition-coach now shares jaw-dropping information about her childhood with her over 172,000 followers.
And in a recent video, Lizzie has revealed the three most surprising facts about her childhood, including that she has 18 siblings and speaks three languages.
Lizzie’s life! The rules of Swartzentruber Amish
- No indoor plumbing, milking machines, and community phone booth
- No daylight savings time
- Buggy transport only
- Women must wear dresses that reach the brim of their shoes
- Wood ovens are only to be used for cooking and heating
- Windmills and old fashioned hand pumps are used for securing water
- No flowers
In a viral video, which has so far amassed over 2.1 million views, Lizzie detailed the most shocking aspects of her life as an Amish member.
She captioned the clip: ‘Always some of my top favorites to share that shocks people.’
‘So these are the three things that always surprise people when I tell them about my Amish community,’ she said at the beginning of the clip.
The first shocking aspect of her life is that her parents have ’19 children.’
‘My parents have 19 kids and within those 19 kids are three set of twins and I’m a twin.
‘But not only that, my mom birthed all of these kids naturally,’ Lizzie said.
Next, the ex-Amish member revealed that she didn’t have a Social Security number while she was growing up.
So, when she left the lifestyle behind, she had to get one.
‘When I left, I had to go apply for a Social Security number and let’s not forget I had $20 to my name when I left,’ she explained.
Lastly, Lizzie shared that people are always shocked to learn she speaks three different languages.
She noted that she knows Pennsylvania Dutch, German, and English.
At the end of the clip, she shared that she grew up in a very ‘strict order’ of the Amish community and that she wasn’t even allowed to have flowers.
Lizzie grew up in a Swartzentruber Amish community, which is known to be the most conservative branch.
Members of the Swartzentruber Amish community, shun indoor plumbing, milking machines, and community phone booths.
They also refuse to adapt to daylight savings time, depend on buggy transport and only use wood ovens for cooking and heating, while windmills and old fashioned hand pumps are used for securing water. Women must wear dresses that reach the brim of their shoes.
In the past, Lizzie shared they were allowed to date but only see their partner once every two weeks and could never be seen together in public.
She noted that traditional dates involved the pair cuddling for hours
Lizzie initially attempted to escape the Amish world when she was 17 years old with her twin sister, however, they both returned shortly after their tried to leave.
Two years later, at age 19, Lizzie left for good just before her sister’s wedding, which she was no longer allowed to attend after leaving the community.
People flooded the comments and expressed their shock.
One person said: ‘Very interesting, wow.’
Someone else added: ‘Wow, survivor.’
Another user commented: ‘Thanks for sharing.’