Just because someone is vegan doesn’t mean they are eating healthy.
Since my early vegan days a whole seven months have passed by and I’ve learned a lot more about food, nutrition, and what my body needs to remain a healthy vegan.
However, when I first started eating as a vegan, I ate a bunch of Oreos.
Yes, Oreos in the US are vegan, and yes, I ate a lot of them.
Like, a lot a lot a lot.
And potato chips dipped in mustard and apple honee.
And vegan rice crispies.
And vegan chocolate chip cookies.
And just the vegan chocolate chips (bags of them).
And vegan ice cream.
I also drank a lot of pop. At least one bottle a day, sometimes more.
And rarely drank water.
Oh, and I included a lot of vegan meat analogs, which were really were yummy and helped me transition…
but there was a need for moderation and I didn’t moderate.
Despite my unhealthy vegan diet, I lost weight and felt pretty darn good despite all that junk. That said, I wasn’t being a healthy vegan.
About two months ago I turned a corner though. What helped push me towards taking better care of myself was the breast cancer diagnosis of my mentor, The Vegan Goddess. I was stunned by her diagnosis because I thought that eating fruits and veggies made us immune to cancer. While you can reduce your risk of cancer with a vegan diet (and many feel that a vegan diet can treat, slow and even reverse cancer) if you eat an excessive amount of fat and refined sugar you can unbalance the benefits of a plant based diet!
Since The Vegan Goddess’s diagnosis I’ve stopped drinking pop and drink tons of water. I reach for healthy snacks almost as often as I reach for not so healthy snacks. I eat less processed food, and more fresh vegetables and fruits. I’ve reached my ideal weight. I feel fabulous!
But I’m not vegan for health reasons.
Never for a second think that I’m vegan for my health.
I’m vegan for the animals. It’s an ethical choice with incredible health benefits.
I believe it is way too easy for someone to start off as a vegan for the health benefits and then fall away from veganism when they are tempted with just a taste of grilled cow or a small bite of cake containing eggs. Or perhaps they don’t feel so hot and wonder if their vegan diet is to blame, so might as well have some chicken soup because that’s obviously what they must be lacking. To remain healthy and vegan, you need to be an ethical healthy vegan.
So, to sum up: Go vegan for the animals, eat vegan for your health, but don’t forget to eat healthy.
Here is a link to the blog post my vegan mentor wrote about how being vegan doesn’t make you immortal. Enjoy!