Why I am Transitioning Away from a Vegan Diet

Salmon Corn Salad

 

Veganism is and always will be a fantastic way of life. It truly is thekind diet. Eating only plant based foods takes in consideration the effects that eating otherwise does not. I find that the majority of people I talk to who are not vegans or at the very least vegetarians have little understanding of the effects their diet has on the environment, the economy and their body.  That isn’t to say they do not care about those things, it might simply be the case that the information has never come their way. Don’t get me wrong here, I am well aware of the massive healthy food movement that is happening all over the world, I am on Instagram, but seeing a picture of a salad does not translate into overwhelming statistics of greenhouse gas emissions from industrial cattle farming. I think what I am trying to get at is even though I am transitioning away from this diet I am not unconscious to the effects that my eating decisions have on the world around me. I will remain aware.

As of now, I am not eating meat and I do not have any intentions of starting again but had you asked me a year ago if I would eat eggs or fish I might have told you to get lost. Clearly, things change.  I think the commercial egg industry has the largest disregard for life as they literally toss the male chicks in the garbage as they are not egg producing entities which is why it is so important for me to always choose wisely when I am going to eat eggs. But to be completely honest, eggs were the one non-vegan food I missed the most and my body craved. I think in some ways it is honorable for me to have addressed the situation in an intuitive way, Listening to what my body needed instead of me telling it what it should and shouldn’t eat.

Ultimately, I want to be authentic and honest about the way that I eat since that is sort of what I am all about: sharing my food and recipes. I decided it was time to be true to myself and stop labeling myself as a vegan when I am not.  I want to fully embrace the person I am and be proud of the decisions I make. That is really what this post is about. It is about not letting the opinions of others effect me because honestly, I was afraid of what my peers would think. However, people should not be made to feel guilty for the way they choose to eat so long as they are happy and healthy. I spent over a decade of my life feeling guilt about ever morsal of food I ate and I have no intentions of going back to the dark place where my eating disorder lives. I am aware I might let some people down but those who care about me will only support this decision if it will ultimately result in my overall well-being. And it has, I am sleeping like a baby and have more energy than a meathead who drank three Redbulls (ew).

My decision to become vegan is as conscious as my decision to no longer be one. Michael Pollen said to “eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” That has been my mantra the past few weeks as I have decided to come clean about this transition. I will always always be a plant based princess; I love fruits and vegetables and feel overwhelming blessed to honestly say that. I strive for a healthy balance in every aspect of my life. I want to acknowledge Jessica @organicaveggiemama and Jordan @theblondeveggie for being upfront and honest about their decisions to transition away from veganism. It inspired me to be honest and upfront as well. Thanks ladies, much love! Xoxo

I am excited to share more healthy recipes with you all as I turn the page on my next food adventure! xo

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