I am a vegan, and have been for about six years. Proir to this I ate a strict vegetarian diet from the age of 11. No, it did not please my parents and it certainly was not the "phase" they were hoping for.
There is no way I would ever consider eating or wearing animal products again, with the exception of honey which I included this winter to prevent hayfever...it didn't work. Our three children have been vegan from birth, and again it was not a well supported decision, though their health and vitality is often remarked upon.
My reasons are basic, I love animals and want to impact the Earth in a very minimal way (leave nothing but footprints and a legacy), while actively trying to heal the Earth and connect to her.
Going vegan helped me to get rid of my food demons, it helped me nourish my body with food and while it was always frowned upon at university and in the fitness industry, it has always given me a point of difference.
So how can I breastfeed, train daily and have the energy to run a business and family on a vegan diet? The simple truth is that you do not need to eat meat to receive your iron or protein, and humans are not designed to consume the milk of another animal.
Our family enjoys a wide variety of vegetables, fruit, grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, spices and treats! We supplement with a vegan B12 because it is the only vitamin that is not found readily available from a plant based diet. We have been LOVING our Activated Nutrients Daily Superfood* with fresh juice and when needed I will top up with (more) magnesium, probiotics and iron. Sometimes I will enjoy Franjo's Kitchen lactation goodies if I feel that my supply is dipping, which stress can cause.
We travel to Brunswick St almost weekly to feast at Vegie Bar and are lucky enough to have a best friend that makes raw treats, Chelle's Soul Foods. Some of our other friends also help keep us fed and their support is so much appreciated.
It grind my gears, as someone that has studied nutrition at both university and as an interest, the amount of unqualified opinion shared on social media. I believe this exacerbates disordered eating, is harmful to an athletes success, and causes confusion about how to eat.
Under no circumstances will I tell anyone to just go vegan. It is a personal lifestyle choice that must be considered and understood. However, I advocate everyone eating less animal products and artificial foods.
We have lost the art of nourishing our bodies to fuel them, we have lost the ability to tell when we are hungry and full, we study components of food rather than a meal, we trust the latest FAD if it is promoted by a model...
Stop over- complicating it. Just eat real food. Shop local, organic, seasonal and according to your taste, just like us.
Daily example of my food journal:
4.45am warm lemon water
5.15am bonsoy latte with coconut sugar & cinnamon
8am another latte, a green smoothie and tofu scramble (tofu, turmeric, mushrooms, spinach, tomato and chia seeds)
11.30am sweet potato, broccoli, quinoa and tahini salad
2.30pm udon noodles with pesto and pea shoots
4pm Activated Nutrients
7.30pm roast vegetables
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