A vegan diet and what I’m learning

When I changed my diet a couple years ago by cutting out dairy and meat altogether, the biggest catalyst was concerning my allergies. My friend challenged me by saying that if I cut out dairy, my allergy symptoms might diminish. I was so happy over the course of the next few months and year that it seemed to be working. I learned a lot along the way, other benefits from eating healthy that wasn’t even part of the plan.

So now that I’m currently sneezing and itching my eyes, I thought it might be a good time to talk about my vegan diet. I’m not afraid to admit that what I originally thought may not be true. Maybe I thought eating a lot healthier was a pot of gold, that it would solve all my allergy problems, that I’d avoid a heart attack like my grandfather and father both suffered, that I wouldn’t get older. Like being a vegan was a magic pill or something. But sorry Chainsmokers featuring Halsey, we are getting older. Fact of life. We are all getting older. And no one has all the answers.

I’m sure that song is some kind of metaphor that I just haven’t thought about, but anyway, back to the diet. I’m still so happy I woke up to the reality that what goes in my body is important. Good metabolism is awesome, but that was no way to excuse my careless habits. So where am I now?

-big fan of Amy’s brand (vegan and vegetarian meals), Healthy Life brand breads, Food for life frozen breads.

-love avocados, sweet potatoes, rice, cantaloupe, spinach, almond milk, orange juice, apples, mushrooms, bananas, peanuts, peanut butter, veggie burgers, and more.

-thinking of the future and avoiding the same fate as my dad and grandfather, no heart attacks!

-more aware of organic foods, dyes that are in snacks and food and how they relate to behavior (side note: there’s a school of thought that these dyes and other manufactured elements in food contribute directly to autistic characteristics and behaviors)

-if you’re thinking, “I could never give up _____,” but you know something needs to change, try an alternative food to the one you can’t give up. There are a lot of healthy choices out there, more now than ever.

-I have dreams where I eat meat, or drink milk, and it breaks my heart, then I wake up and feel so relieved. Better than my other dreams where I’m hanging with Taylor Swift and wake up disappointed it wasn’t real 🙂

-I noticed the other day that I still wear my gym shorts from middle school. I say that because middle school was over 20 years ago. Please, no comments on my wardrobe choices, I know I have problems there 🙂 but I think it’s pretty great that my body is still not gaining weight in undesirable areas.

-I believe in the power of medicine, haven’t given that up… but I like to think of alternatives too, when it’s possible.

I suppose that’s about all for now. If you have any questions, I don’t know a lot but I can try to steer you in the right direction, like my friend did for me a couple years ago.

-Out of the Wilderness


Published by Ben Wilder

Since 2005, I've called Nashville home. I'm the leader of the pack, which includes an 11-year-old beagle and a 9-year-old blue heeler mix. My days include writing, video editing, dog boarding, and other fun activities. Thanks for checking out my blog, I hope you enjoy it!

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