Three months vegan.
Despite the prejudices around,
I turned a deaf ear to them.
This is where I stand today.
“Tell me about one of your biggest personal achievements” he asked.
“Going vegan and doing what felt right to me.” I said.
Human beings are reluctant to change and they panic when uncertainty gets anywhere close. I guess I’m one of those people that chase it and assume the risks that come along. Throughout these 3 months I experienced that food is, indeed, medicine.
Ⅰ. Inner body clean up.
My nutritionist advised that animal products are inflammatory, specially because they have hormones in them. Transitioning to a plant based diet has not only helped me lose weight, but also cleaned up my skin. Sugar is terrible for the skin, but what we don’t know, is that dairy is as well.
My skin has always been acne-prone. Since I changed my diet, pimples are no longer visible.
Ⅱ. No trace of inflammation.
My flared up ankle was the part of my body I most focused on. I paid special attention to how the flare ups came and went – First time in 40 weeks.
During the first month, I felt how my body was detoxing – Small tricks like drinking a shot of milk with turmeric, one of the most anti-inflammatory herbs in existence, helped. Interested in trying it out?
I’m now over two months pain-free. Doctors believe it’s thanks to the pharmatheutical drugs I simultaneously take, and the vegan diet, is just a coincidence. To me, coincidences don’t exist.
Ⅲ. Cravings nearly disappeared.
Eggs used to be one of my main source of proteins – I had a boiled egg for breakfast everyday. I surprisingly don’t miss them.
I loved cheese. I do recall, only a few weeks into it, I went for a few drinks to the Bernard Shaw and some friends had a very cheesy and appealing pizza – I admit I was dying to taste it. But I change my mind after eating this vegan pizza.
Sugar is still my weakness. Traces of past emotional eating habits make it quite challenging, but feeling so aligned with my purpose does indeed help me to stay committed.
Ⅳ. Mindfully eating
With changes you learn, and veganism is a complete different way of nourishing your body. Therefore you first need to go a step back, and understand what you need.
My priority is to ensure I eat enough protein, mainly coming from beans.
However, as you might have experienced, beans are well-known for their ability to cause flatulence. This is because they contain a particular sugar, called an oligosaccharide, that the human body cannot break down fully. (Source)
It took my body a good few weeks to adapt to the high intake of beans but I knew it was only temporary ❤.
Although Rheumatoid Arthritis is an unpredictable chronic illness, I strongly feel that veganism contributes to healing. Slowly, very very slowly.
We are what we eat and it’s fascinating how we underestimate the power of food.
Believe in risk-taking, it comes with great rewards.
Believe in yourself and you’ll be half way there.
Lots of love,
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