This is a post I hoped I’d never have to write.
And now that I am writing this, it makes me very sad.
As you know, I used to co-host a blog hop called Healthy Vegan Fridays. My co-hosts and I have decided we are no longer going to continue with this blog hop for various reasons.
Personally, I have many reasons for not continuing with the blog hop. But first and foremost, (confession time) the reason is that I am no longer a vegan.
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People feel strongly about veganism – both for and against. I have never preached to people about veganism and rarely brought it up myself. But I remember the time when I had gone out for a Christmas lunch with some Mums from a local baby group, and I was being served a vegan meal by the waiter. The girl opposite me started shouting at me, telling me I was completely wrong, that the cows needed to be milked so I was actually being cruel to cows by being a vegan! I don’t like to get into arguments with people so it’s hard for me to have a label like this.
I became a vegan for health reasons. I was extremely ill and had to give up my job. The doctors didn’t know what was wrong with me so I had to do my own research. My research led me down the path of veganism and I managed to completely heal myself by changing my diet. I later learned about the ethical side of things and I deeply care about every living thing on this earth so it was easy for me to go down that path.
Since I became a vegan 4 years ago I’ve had 2 babies, 2 long, very hard pregnancies where I felt extremely ill with both of them. During both pregnancies my body led me away from veganism. I ate only real vegan food for most of my second pregnancy but I was so ill I just knew it wasn’t right for me at that time.
I’m a great believer in the body telling us what it needs at a particular time. My raw food vegan diet really helped to give me a detox when I did it, and that was fine for then, but I soon felt my body telling me I needed some other types of food when as I fell pregnant. During both pregnancies I also went off green smoothies. I think green smoothies are great for our health but I think during pregnancy our bodies are trying to tell us what our babies do and don’t need.
I know a lot of people who are healthy and thriving on a vegan diet. I was healthy and thriving on this diet too until very recently and now my body needs other things. We are all different and at different seasons of our lives we all need different things.
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The thing about the word vegan is that it’s not just associated with food, it’s all about ethics. Most vegans I know have become vegans for ethical rather than health reasons. I care deeply about animals and strive to make ethical choices. But I feel I have to put my own health first so that I can be well enough to look after my children. Sometimes life brings us tough choices and sacrifices have to be made for those we love.
I’m not saying this is forever, but it’s certainly for now. And all I can be is honest about what I’m doing right now and why I’m doing it. I want to help you with your own health and that means I have to be honest about what’s working for me, how long things have worked for me and why things have changed.
In case you are wondering, all my recipes are vegan and this won’t change in the future. I am still drinking my gorgeous Green Thickies and have no plans to change this. All the recipes on my blog are healthy, I believe they’re healthy and has not – and will not – change.
I really wish I still could have been a healthy vegan, so I’m sad to have to write this post.
Another reason I hoped I would never have to write this post is because, just like that time in the restaurant, I don’t like negativity. I have seen a lot of negativity towards other people who write posts like this (and there have been a few) so on my blog and Facebook page I will delete any hurtful comments. I respect your opinion and if you can word your comment respectfully I’ll publish it, even if you have a different view to mine.
Thank you for reading and for being open minded. I welcome your honest reflections on your own similar struggles with diet and health. Please comment below.
p.s. if you are a blogger who is interested in hosting Healthy Vegan Fridays – please get in contact with Carrie at CarrieOnVegan.com
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