Why I’m Not Currently Vegan

Why I'm Not Currently Vegan

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:

Hormones

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.

Digestion

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.

Supplement Intolerances

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:
-Soy
-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.

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