The first time I tried to eat vegan (for a one week experiment) it was an utter failure. I didn’t have any energy, I didn’t like the food, and having spent the last six months being paleo I certainly couldn’t wrap my health around eating that many grains and losing weight. At that time paleo was a hugely popular diet. It still is, but seemingly being vegan has usurped it as the next “it” diet. I find this INSANE. And irritating. And well, because I am a bit juvenile in my food emotions, it makes me want to go eat a bunch of steak.
But really, this abuts a concern I have had for a while. When considering why you eat a certain way and for that way to be permanent it really can’t be a way to lose weight. If you want to eat paleo because you like the energy it gives you and you feel great then you should definitely eat that way. If you are solely eating that way to lose weight then it is just a diet and one you will eventually rebound off of.
And that, my friends, is my concern with the vegan excitement out there. Because I love eating vegan, I think it makes my skin glow, it is good for the environment, the animals and the humans alike. It is great. (for many, not all) But it should NOT be a diet. As in, a way to lose weight. It should not.
Where is the health in eating this way if it is going to make you rebound into another way of eating that will reverse the great health strides you have made. If you need to lower your cholesterol, blood pressure, lose weight, avoid diabetes and start to eat a vegan diet (begrudgingly) because it is the current craze then that change will not be permanent. And just another diet.
Today I am thinking in small steps. No vegan, no paleo, no labels or rules. I am sitting inside my body and asking it to tell me what it needs. Maybe in the silence I will let the juvenile out for a dance and eat like the evolving woman I am.