Years ago, I was a vegan foodie. I made ALL of my own food. Yes, breakfast, lunch and dinner for my two boys and my husband. We ate tons of tofu, veggies, pasta, a variety of grains, legumes and salads. We even had a special littler concoction for getting our Omegas in. Something like, fish oil, COQ10, water and an Emergen-C pack. Stir and knock back. We were so healthy, we glowed.
We religiously carried our Hyland’s Kids’ Kit with us everywhere we went. This way, we were never caught unawares when a sniffle, a boo-boo, or a tummy ache struck. Arnica gel was an absolute necessity (it still is!). Anytime we had a fall, adult, or child, we’d whip out the Arnica gel by Bioiron and put on the cooling salve to immediately calm the pain and reduce the redness, or swelling fast.
And, who dared enter the winter season without a large dose of Nat Mur (say, 200c)? Nat Mur kicks out the excess salt out of one’s body which helps one to avoid catching colds. (Works for when you decide to indulge in Chinese fast food, too. Kicks the salt right out.)
Those were my Golden Days of eating well, and paying attention to what went into my body.
However, I did not take into account the large amounts of soy (plant-based estrogen) I was ingesting. Nor, did I think about the high amounts of gluten (plant-base source of high protein made from wheat flour) I ate on a monthly basis.
Now, 25 years later, I have a marked gluten sensitivity as well as an autoimmune issue where my body attacks healthy skin and forms blisters all over my body.
I am not blaming a vegan diet for my health issues. I am saying I should have been more mindful in the quantities I ingested. We all know the golden rule is moderation. Tofu every day, sometimes 2 – 3 times per day (with each meal) was the order of the day because to feed a family of 4 on a strictly vegan diet with a hefty vitamin supplement monthly budget is a lot.
If you go Vegan, or already are vegan, I urge you to add lots of raw green veggies, fresh squeezed fruit and vegetable juices, stay away from the readily available processed vegan fake “meats” (which are full of gluten, soy and sodium!), and make your own foods from scratch. You will be healthier, and much happier down the road. And, yes, it’s a better diet for the planet.
Here’s a great vegan starter meal kit: http://vegankit.com/eat/. This is to give you an idea of how you can structure your meals. You can also glean some more from RealSimple magazine’s 20 Easy Vegan Dinner Recipes. Oh, and One Green Planet has a list of 10 vegan recipes everyone should know how to make. Number 9 is Veggie burgers and OGP offers several recipes for hearty burgers such as Zucchini and Corn burgers, Chipotle Maple Sweet Potato burgers, Roasted Beet burgers, and many more! Go check it out here: http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/easy-vegan-recipes-everyone-should-know/.
Whatever your diet may be, it’s always a good idea to mix it up and eat different foods each week. If you eat the same thing over and over, this puts you in a rut and sets you up to binge on items that may not be best for you. This is especially true if you’re on a restricted meal plan choice like the vegan diet.
Well, ta-ta for now,