Like many, over the years I have made the attempt to go vegan for the sake of the planet and the animals. Many of my vegan readers have asked me why I personally did not stick with it. Unfortunately, these are the 4 biggest reasons that a vegan diet has never been sustainable for me:
Eliminating animal protein majorly aggravates my skin. I have genetic predispositions for acne, and already have to work quite hard to keep my skin clear, so anything that causes additional flare ups is an added stressor and a big no thank you for me 🙂
There are many vegans out there who swear that cutting animal products is a cure-all for digestive issues. However, when I adopted a vegan diet, I experienced nothing but negative digestive side effects (that never affected me previously). Reintroducing animal products brought back my normal problem-free digestion.
When you go vegan, there are a number of supplements that are recommended. These can include B12, which can only be found in animal foods, and oftentimes Vitamin D and Calcium (depending on your specific deficiencies or diet shortcomings). I’m very sensitive when it comes to supplements. 99.9% of the time they lead to either severe nausea, stomach cramps, or intense headaches. I’ve also experienced side effects such as loss of appetite, rashes, and insomnia. Therefore, I personally need to rely on getting my vitamins from 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:
-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 still 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 others.
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: amazing. I hope you can understand the other side of the coin.