I’ve answered a lot of questions about my diet and the history of it recently so I thought I’d get the journey all down in a blog. If there’s anything else you’d like to know or any questions you have, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
So about 4 years ago I decided to try a vegan diet, for no real reason other than curiosity and a love for animals/desire to see if I could stop eating them.
During the first year I had no cravings, I lost the last few stubborn pounds I’d found it hard to shift, my energy levels, sleep quality and neuro + biological functions all improved. As a result I was spurred into making other positive changes to my health – drinking and partying less, exercising more.
After about a year and a half of veganism I began introducing animal products back into my diet. Just small things like milk in my tea, chocolate and the odd bit of meat here and there. Gradually I phased in more and more dairy + meat until my diet was more or less back to the way it was before.
In the last 6 months, as well as a few rather discouraging comments on my Instagram posts (more on that in my note below), I’ve began experiencing a few changes to my health + wellbeing. I’ve found myself feeling really sluggish every morning, usually my best time of day, and getting dizzy spells throughout the morning. My PMS lasted 2 weeks instead of 2 days and my sugar cravings were through the roof.
So, having just enjoyed a few decadent days in Berlin, I’ve decided to go back to full vegan again for a month, just to see if any of the symptoms alleviate. Already since Wednesday, I’m feeling more energized. If I feel this good at the end of the month, I’ll definitely consider moving back into a stricter plant based diet. I will never fully give up meat + dairy – there will always be a burger and a chunk of milk chocolate here and there, but I really want to focus on prolonging the gaps between this kind of food. I’ll keep you updated!
A note about vegans:
The vegan community is a very strange and often rather aggressive one. It seems that rather than encouraging and supporting not only fellow vegans but those transitioningor even omnivores interested in the lifestyle, many of them are tearing people down for not embracing their way of life. A sense of superiority abounds some of the more prolific Insta profiles and hatred and vicious arguments are common in their comments and those underneath their posts.
I’ll be honest – not eating animal products does give me a really good feeling, but not for one MINUTE do I consider myself better than anyone who eats differently to me. We are all different and I find it quite funny how some of these people are so certain that their diet will work for everyone else – if you actually had any knowledge on nutrition or diet you would know that there are people who a plant-based diet wouldn’t work for. And more to the point – people who don’t WANT to follow one. There’s enough hate in the world – lets leave food out of it!