I ended my plant-based diet due to digestive issues. I detail the changes I am making to my diet to heal my gut and regain my health.
If you missed my live video and story on Instagram, I’m officially no longer eating a plant-based or plant-exclusive diet. You can read this blog post to find out why I chose to end that journey. I’m incredibly thankful for all the support (and criticism) I’ve received so far. The responses have been shocking and insightful.
I suspected that many other people were experiencing similar issues, but I was still astonished by the number of people who have been (and are still) unable to share their experience for fear of backlash from militant vegans. There is no point in going down that rabbit hole, so I’ll just say this – if you’re struggling, don’t feel bad about doing what you have to do for your health. If you’ve explored every reasonable option within a plant-based diet to fix the problem(s), you’re experiencing without avail, step outside the box. It is OKAY!
You’ve all been asking me what I plan to do next. After being so convinced that I was going to remain plant-based for the rest of my life and failing, I’m very wary about making bold, finite decisions about my diet or lifestyle. I cannot predict the future, and I don’t know how my body will react to food longterm. I know that I may need to alter my diet along the way. I’ve assured myself that adjustments neither make me fickle nor a failure. They simply mean that I’m adapting.
Life is neither static nor unchanging. With no individuality, there can be no change, no adaptation and, in an inherently changing world, any species unable to adapt is also doomed.” – Jean M. Auel
Health is vital when it comes to diet. Veganism opened my eyes to the horror of factory farming and the number of toxins we ingest when we consume ill-bred animals. While I don’t agree with some of the moral sentiments of veganism, I cannot erase the aspects I agree with, and I cannot continue to support industries that provide toxic food or oppress animals. As far as possible, I will buy only organic, ethically raised animal foods. I intend to include only seafood and eggs in my diet. I would love to remain pescetarian indefinitely, but as I said, I cannot predict the future. If it becomes necessary, I will add poultry and red meat to my intolerant
Besides being lactose-intolerant, dairy makes my skin extremely oily and causes painful acne. It is not in my best interest to include it in my diet. I digest plant-based dairy alternatives reasonably well, and since they’re fortified with calcium, vitamin D and vitamin B12, I’m confident I’ll be fine with them.
For the next six weeks, I plan to steer clear of cruciferous vegetables, legumes and the whole grains that irritate my gut. I will rely on seafood and eggs for protein and crowd my plate with the vegetables and grains that I digest with ease. Once I strengthen my gut, I will slowly start incorporating the foods I’ve excluded back into my diet. I eventually hope to eat entirely plant-based or vegetarian 4-5 days a week and include animal protein 1-2 days a week. This plan is subject to change; please don’t take it as gospel.
I will no longer update my vegan blog, but you’ll still be able to access the recipes on it. I will post all of my new recipes here. If you wish to follow along, you can subscribe for notifications further down this page. It is a bitter-sweet change, but I’m looking forward to growing through it.
If you’ve changed your diet recently, please share the changes you’ve made and how they have affected your healthy.
Thanks so much for reading and following along.