I knew there would be doubters. Can’t really blame them though, they’ve been told all their lives that veganism is unhealthy, and are honest in their concern for me.
But I really would like to address this. I feel like it needs to be said.
We’ve been raised to believe (or, I have) that being a vegan will only propagate malnourishment. I won’t get enough protein, vital nutrients and minerals will not be present, and will therefore, be subject to low-energy, sickly side-effects. That there is no way that adopting this kind of lifestyle could ever fulfill or nourish our bodies to ever be able to live optimally. But, but, but…
Hold on! Turn around! Do not pass go! Do not collect $200!
Are there unhealthy vegans? Yes. Unhealthy vegetarians? You betcha. What about meat-eaters? Most definitely. The point I’m making here is that there are unhealthy, malnourished people in every lifestyle. Just because you choose to omit meat and/or dairy and eggs from your diet doesn’t mean that unpleasantness and overall illness will befall you.
In my eyes, the real unhealthy culprit in my eyes is ignorance. Yep. Straight up, good ole’ ignorance with a side of bliss. No matter what your diet does or does not omit, there one thing will always hold true: quality foods promote a quality life. No matter how you slice it, real foods ultimately hold the power to a good quality life or a poor quality life.
My mantra to this is: get informed, change your habits, change you life. I think with proper direction and priority recognition, veganism (or any healthy lifestyle) can be a very healthy practice. But on the flip side, can be very unhealthy if uneducated. All in all, I think it’s safe to say that no one diet or lifestyle is the be all, end all. I am completely in charge of what I put into my body. Just because the foods that I choose to eat fall under the label of “vegan” doesn’t mean we are all the same. As long as we are aware, we can in good conscious, create a healthy and nourishing life :).