I’d like to think that maybe one day I’ll be able to go vegan for the environment and for the treatment of animals. Over the years, I have made the attempt to go vegan several times. Unfortunately these are my 4 biggest reasons that a vegan diet has never worked for me:
Unfortunately, every time I have gone vegan my hormones become incredibly unhappy. I get more acne and my insulin goes a little nutty. Reintroducing animal products corrected these issues almost instantly.
There are many vegans out there who swear by their diet as a cure-all for digestive issues. However, when I adopted a vegan diet, the bloating and cramping were so not worth it to me. I felt absolutely miserable. Reintroducing animal products brought back my normal problem-free digestion.
When you go vegan, there are a number of supplements that are recommended, including B12 which can only be found in animal foods, and oftentimes other vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin D and Calcium (depending on your specific deficiencies or diet shortcomings). Unfortunately, I’m very sensitive when it comes to supplements. Believe me, I have tried them all, even the most straightforward options with minimal ingredients. They always lead to either severe nausea and stomach cramps or overpoweringly intense headaches. Therefore, I need to rely on getting my vitamins from my food sources alone.
Food Allergies & Sensitivities
I’ve had food allergies for all of my life. Many of these foods are unfortunately big vegan staples. A couple of main examples are:
-Tree Nuts (Almonds, Cashews, Pecans, Walnuts, Pine Nuts, Etc.)
Therefore, if I am in a position where the only options are packaged or takeout vegan food, 9 times out of 10 it includes one of those ingredients.
I’ll admit, I often feel guilty that I am not a vegan. With the environment in need of our assistance and the inhumane ways that so many animals are treated, I have tried to do my part in this way. Needless to say I try my best to only purchase the most humane animal products such as eggs from the pasture, etc.
I do feel that my own health takes precedence. Every human body is incredibly different. Only you know what works for you, and I urge you to follow your own health journey outside of the influence of what diets are trendy right now.
I think it’s wonderful that veganism works for so many, because it can have great impacts on this planet and for certain people’s health. I know that there are many vegans who follow me, and to all of you I say: well done. I hope you can understand the other side of the coin.