Originally Posted by Anna06
I also wanted to ask you a question. (If I may) You mentioned you use to be vegan.....what made you change? I toy with the whole ideal of what should I eat all the time. I'm trying to be vegetarian now, but find it hard because I'm always hungry and I wind up eating something with sugar. There is so much information out there about any diet you want...wow.
Well that is opening up a big can of worms for me. I've answered the same question from time to time all over MDC. How can I sum it up? Let's try...
I originally was vegetarian during the summer when I was treeplanting as a temporary cleanse while living and working in the wilderness. One year I just stayed vegetarian and then I began to read the vegan propaganda about it being the cleanest, purest, healthiest and most environmentally-conscious way to live and eat. I bought into it COMPLETELY. Oh I was so preachy too. The problem was there wasn't a disclaimer in any of the propaganda to say "veganism will not work for everyone all the time".
Veganism did not work for me.
I actually GAINED 20 lbs in about 4 months while training for a marathon. My skin was HORRENDOUS and I lost my period after having very regular moontimes my whole life. I was also sugar-free/refined carb free during part of my veganism. I also developmed bulimia somewhere in there. Everything was a mess.
In retrospect, I really don't know how to separate the mental illness from the physical illness. I just know veganism did NOT work for me and I feel very betrayed by the vegan community who told me losing my period was just "my body adjusting" and my bad skin "was detoxing from animal poisons". I don't believe this--I was very sick.
I now believe in the NT/Weston Price philosophy of eating. Sprouting, fermenting and eating whole foods and grass-fed meats and eggs. I'm not fanatic but use it as my platform in dietary choices. My dh is also on the SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet) to address his major digestive issues and NT works well with that. I am currently at a healthy weight ~120lbs and 5'3" and I feel energetic and balanced. My skin is also great, btw!
If you are interested, there is a Traditional Foods forum not so far away!
If you have any other questions, ask away!