Before I had headed to Ireland in May I had been a vegan for close to two years, in that time I’d slipped a couple times mostly with cheese, cheese is my religion..it’s a tough one. While in Ireland I made the executive decision to not be the douchebag that asks for a vegan menu, I always think in other countries, eating what they offer and what is available is best.
I did not eat a vegan diet beforehand because of the animals.. although I do care about everything involved in our horrible factory farming industry, but because of my compromised immune system. I feel better and get sick less with a plant based diet.
I haven’t returned to my pre Ireland diet, and I’ve gotta say, I feel pretty crappy. I have gained around 15 pounds, and am becoming pretty lathargic. I have decided to get back on track. Besides slipping back into an unhealthy spiral I started thinking of how very much I adore my dogs and how I can no longer ignore the cognitive dissonance of eating animals, lying to myself about all of this is unhealthy as well.
One thing I love more than anything is cooking, I’m good at it, and can transform any recipe into a vegan version..I once made a vegan “chicken” fried steak out of seitan and mushroom gravy made with almond milk..I can do this. I need to feel healthy again.
Today is day two of no animal products, I’ve been juicing to clear out my system again and already feel more clear headed. Veganism doesn’t work for everyone, but it certainly can solve a lot of health problems including immune system disorders, if I have the choice to feel better and don’t I’m not too bright.
I also understand the privilege I have in being one of the lucky people on this planet that is able to choose my diet.
I noticed as well that I’m more anxious and depressed when I don’t feed my body healthy foods, just read my blog…proof ha.
A rule of thumb that works well for me is to eat foods that the least amount of humans have touched, which pretty much eliminates anything processed. My mom grows an amazing garden every year so most of my food has only been touched by her. Win.
Today’s mantra: don’t look at the cheese.