Your Health is a Journey!
Having already dropped nearly all wheat and dairy from my diet and eating large amounts of fruit and veges at all meals, it didn’t take very much to move in my mind to this next step…. no more meat.
I don’t think I’m ready to give up my free-range eggs and be a complete vegan (by definition) yet, but as of today, no more meat, meat products or dairy products of any sort.
It’s been on my mind a lot the last weeks while I’ve been doing the Whole 30 and consuming more meat than I usually did. Watching a couple of documentaries and then a bit of research has tipped me over the edge though, for now. Despite being a meat eater and meat lover my entire life! Will I miss it? Maybe when we’re out and I’m not left with many options to buy food? At home though? No, I don’t think so.
So why now you may ask?
I feel like in my own personal journey to the best health I can create, it was almost inevitable that I reached this point at some stage. But overwhelming knowledge (and the feeling ‘I can’t keep doing this, I can’t keep eating meat’) of what meat and dairy does to the human body in terms of creating an internal environment not conducive to great health, tipped me over the edge.
I have a huge family history of disease; Rheumatoid arthritis, stroke, heart attack, coronary disease, breast cancer, leukemia, bowel cancer, crohns disease, prostate cancer, testicular cancer, melanoma, osteoarthritis…. and probably more that I’m not even aware of!
I grew up in complete fear of rheumatoid arthritis. So petrified that I’m going to get it that I specifically went and got a blood test as a teenager to see if I have the rheumatoid factor! I don’t. But that still doesn’t mean it’s not possible to get this crippling condition! What that test did do was though, was calm my mind about it and reduce the fear.
Cancer is everywhere. And the cancers listed above have been in VERY close relatives of mine. My Nana died of Leukemia in her early 50’s – before I even got a chance to get to know her amazing soul.
I am determined to keep living my life for as long as I can and in the best possible health that I can afford. I don’t want to have the threat of cancer, or heart disease on my shoulders. I want to do all I can to prevent such things happening! Maybe it’s too late for me? Maybe 34 years and growing up on margarine and sugar and meat and dairy has done the damage already? Or maybe, if I start now on a whole foods, plant based diet, the damage will be somewhat reversed.
This is just MY journey and my discovery of what makes ME healthy. It is MY belief that food is medicine. If you had told me even 5 years ago that I would end up as a vegan in life, I would have laughed you out of my house!!