I have been considering for some time now becoming fully vegan. I have a lot of friends who are, so I’m not going in completely blind, and my diet is already about 75% raw. But I do worry that being 100% vegan may be detrimental to my various chronic conditions.
My diet has been mostly raw for about a year or so now, and I have noted a marked difference in my health. After being diagnosed with osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, COPD within a 9 month period, as well as iron and vitamin D deficiencies, I decided that a drastic overhaul of my life was needed. I did my research into iron and vitamin d rich foods, as well as the best things to eat to help everything else and decided that, for me at least, a more raw diet was worth trying. I changed a lot of milk intake for almond or coconut alternatives, and tried to source more of my protein from plants rather than meat. The only meat that I have now is the occasional bit of pancetta if I’m having a nice big salad. I’ve found that a raw diet has helped with my IBS and my inflammation, and my skin and hair has really improved too as well as having much more energy than before. I was eating so much processed, bland food before hand that I wonder how I even managed to get out of bed, let alone function as a human being!
In light of the recent drive to rid the world of plastic, the topic plant-based diets has also been brought to the fore again, and I find myself more and more drawn to it as an option for me. I mean, I already have a monthly raw, plant based diet anyway, so surely the next logical step would be to go all out vegan, right?
Well, maybe? Possibly? I worry that I won’t be able to get everything I need from a vegan diet to best manage and help my current conditions. I know I need to do more research into it all so for now at least, my diet will be vegan apart from the milk in my tea, eggs and cheese. I don’t think I shall ever be able to surrender the cow’s milk in my tea – sorry. But I can try to source it as ethically and organically as I can, and that’s got to be better that not at all, right?
If anyone reading this has any suggestions for spoonie vegan blogs or websites, please do leave a comment and a link! Thank you!