Oh Veganism. My favorite topic, and the most intricate topic.
Two years ago I decided to go vegan. It’s something I had thought about off and on for a while and so I took the plunge. It was smooth sailing for the first 6 months or so, but then you have this instinctual urge to dive deeper. You start asking questions like “How many nutrients am I actually getting? Should I go raw? Is this going to be a permanent lifestyle choice for me?”
Just like any decision we make in life we start to doubt if we made the right one. Because no choice we make is perfect. We live in an imperfect world. I always had the mindset that God put animals on this earth so we can eat them. That it was natural. That it was the only way. But once I put that into question things got complicated. Is that really true? Can we survive on plants alone? What was Gods true intent? In the end, a decision has to be made. So I continued on my path of Veganism for a year. Making sure I was eating vegan, but also not buying animal products like leather or wool. Even products made with beeswax like chap-stick. But what made me take a break from Veganism was my lack of energy.
I started eating fish, and dairy again. I even tried taking a vegan multi-vitamin to make sure I was getting everything I needed. Just taking that vitamin while trying to do a vegan diet made me feel so energetic, but it felt wrong to rely so heavily on a vitamin to do the job of food. So, stupid me, I stopped taking it cold turkey and it about killed me. I went through a HORRIBLE withdrawal. I felt like a drug addict getting off of meth. My body temperature ran extremely hot and then freezing cold for 3 days straight. I thought it was just a bug, so I fought through it. Later to find out that it was a reaction from the vitamin I was taking. Going through all of this taught me never to take a multi-vitamin again. Especially not to rely on them for nutrients.
After this phase of my life I bounced around from being strictly vegan to eating fish and dairy on occasion. And that has been my life for the last 8 months or so. Now, I am once again trying to be strictly vegan, but I’m tracking my nutrients, researching IN DEPTH about how to balance what MY body needs vs. following the people I watch on Youtube. Long story short, eating a Vegan diet makes me feel happy, healthy, and guilt free. But it isn’t straight forward like a lot of vegans say it is. It is a different balance for every individual and you have to be careful you don’t lack certain vitamins too frequently or you can get certain aliments such as Candida, Sibo, and many other types of illnesses.
I am not a nutritionist, or medical health professional, but my advice would be to talk to yours if this is something you’re taking seriously and want to do it right. A holistic nutritionist will most likely know the most about a vegan diet. But just like anything in life, if it’s something you want to do then do it! Only you know what’s right for your body, and do the best you can to take care of it. I do not believe a Vegan diet is the right choice for every one, but I do believe it can change your life for the better, even if done temporarily!
Best of luck on your health journey! I’ll have more vegan blogs coming in the future! I’m now a fountain of knowledge on the topic!