30 December 2014
Doing what works for me
However, I have recommitted to a plant-based (vegan) diet, which I'm transitioning back to now.
The decisions I have made about my nutrition and exercise, and even spirituality, have been made carefully, with much research, and focusing on what I truly believe to be best for me. That is why I moved away from a vegan diet, and that's why I'm now moving back to it.
I have to do what I feel is best for me. And moving away from a vegan diet (which I thought was best for me at the time) has shown me that plant-based living really is one of the keys to a healthy life for me.
I know there are those who will see that and say, "Well, of course. Why did you ever give it up in the first place?"
I know now that I shouldn't have, but again, I was doing what I thought was best for me at the time, and that's all I can do.
Here's the thing. For lots of people, the choice to go vegan is an ethical or environmental one. They see the travesties that occur in the industry, even among "ethical" and "organic" and "free range" companies, and they can't support that. I am on board with that.
For others, the choice to eliminate animal products and by-products from their diets comes from a place of improving health, and knowing that cutting meat and dairy and other processed foods is better for health. And I am on board with that, too.
For me, it's a combination of ethical/environmental and health reasons, but the health reasons are slightly different. I have found that my body does not handle animal products well. I would equate it to a similar reaction that people get when they are lactose intolerant.** It's not an allergy, but my body doesn't react well, and lets me know that it prefers it when I don't eat those kinds of things.
So I'm transitioning away from them and back to a vegan lifestyle.
Since I've done this before, the transition is easier this time around. I don't find myself craving non-vegan foods the way I did previously. And because I'm trying to focus on how those foods make me feel when I do eat them, it's been easier to avoid them.
One of my goals for 2015 is to make sure that the decisions I make are best for my family and for myself. And that's why I will be proudly vegan beginning January 1st.
All I can do is what works for me, and vegan works best for me.
*I know there are people who say there is no health reason to eat animal products. I am aware of the arguments. Keep reading.
**I was lactose intolerant as a kid. It got better when I was an adult, then came back after my pregnancies.