When people hear about my nutritional regimen (AKA the foods that I eat / don't eat), they usually say something like, "Oh, I could never do that. I love [insert favorite food here] too much to ever give it up."
I used to think that way, too.
But the truth is, if you're in enough pain (and if you want to feel better), you'll change your life however you need to in order to feel better.
I never thought I'd stop eating animal products. Or salt. Or oil. Or sugar. Or gluten.
In fact, at my lowest points, sugary, gluten-y, and salty things seemed to keep me going. And I was convinced that I needed (a LOT) animal protein in order to not feel faint.
My transition to my current diet was a slow one.
With each shift in diet came a big detox that was often extraordinarily uncomfortable for the first few weeks.
But then I always felt better.
I kept feeling better and better and better. (So please, if you are changing your diet, do not let the detox symptoms fool you! They tricked me at first. But once I knew what was happening, I trusted that I could wait it out and that I'd feel better.)
I don't even remember the last day I had meat. My body just stopped wanting it as I ate more and more beans. (Many people object to beans, saying it makes them "windy" -- well, your body adjusts and you're not chronically "windy" once you regularly eat beans, so don't worry :P )
Meat, sugar, dairy, salt, oil -- those are all highly addictive foods. I never thought I'd stop eating them. But once I stopped eating some of them and supplemented with more plants, I felt better. And I was able to see the addictive effect they had on me.
And sure, sometimes I have cravings for what I no longer eat. But a temporary craving does not EVER feel worth the pain that I'd feel if I went back to how I used to eat.
If you're in enough pain, you'll do anything to feel better.
Including changing your diet.
Someone asked me recently what the turning point was -- when I REALLY started to heal from my 9-year-long chronic mystery illness.
The first truly major turning point was changing my diet. It really allowed me to open myself up to a new world of possibilities, including a new way of thinking and engaging with the world (which led to my spiritual awakening and shifting into a more empowering mindset).
Plants have tremendous power, y'all. Plants are natural healers.
I encourage you to find the way that YOU best engage with the world! <3
EASY VEGAN MEAL RECIPE :
- 1 sweetpotato
- 1 cup broccoli
- 1/2 tbsp tahini
- 1/8 tsp onion powder
- 1/8 tsp garlic powder
- juice from 1/4 lemon
- 1-2 tbsp water
- 2 basil leaves, chopped
- optional: salt, pepper, other seasonings
- 1/2 can beans
- Bake or microwave 1 sweetpotato
- Mix sauce: tahini + lemon juice + garlic powder + onion powder + basil + water. Whisk together. Add more water if needed to make sauce more "runny"
- Steam 1 cup broccoli
- Cut open the sweet potato. Pour the beans and sauce over the sweet potato.