Nine months ago, I initiated the somewhat “radical” switch for my family to experience an all-vegan diet. And I’m pleased to report that we haven’t looked back once. Having said that, this post isn’t about being boastful or self-congratulatory or smug, but it is about accomplishment and for that reason alone I am proud of us.
Thus far, there have been no stumbles, no false starts, no slips, and no “cheating” – which in my view is a total mind-f*ck way of describing nourishment, but whatever.
Most importantly, there have been NO RAGRETS (to use a popular idiom). I, and my children, who were five and eight when I heard the siren call to Veganism, haven’t temper tantrum-d or experienced any sort of emotional or psychotic breaks as a result of not eating meat, and no one has reported feeling faint or ill or deprived. In fact, stopping Cold Turkey — to use a meat metaphor — has been one of the “best” ways (for me) to approach this whole food paradigm shift. (As for my husband? Well, let’s just say he’s come a long way, baby.)
In addition to eliminating all animal products and their derivatives from our diet, including cheese, milk and all forms of dairy, I have endeavoured to ensure that we eat mostly organic, local, seasonal and, where possible, fresh. When the weather is warmer, I dabble in raw food veganism, and I mindfully switch gears to a staple of cooked foods during the harsh Canadian winters since I find that emotionally and physically my body and spirit respond better this way.
Eating like this has created a wonderful life flow that is in keeping with the yin-yang balance of life. As such, we also do not knowingly or willing consume GMOs, additives and chemicals, and short of purchasing a home water filtration system, we’re aware of the effects of fluoride in our drinking water so we drink alkaline water and use non-fluoridated toothpaste. Recently, we purchased a Santeviashower head, which effectively eliminates chlorine from our bathing water. Yay! Dry skin be gone!
Now lest you think we’re living in a bubble of privilege or have inordinate amounts of surplus cash stashed under the mattress, we aren’t and we don’t. We, like many of you “awakened” individuals, have simply decided to take control of our emotional, physical and spiritual well-being, and for us the first step has been through food.
My foray into veganism didn’t stem from a food obsession, disordered eating or a trend, but rather out of necessity. You see, my eldest daughter is severely allergic to dairy and eggs. She experiences an anaphylaxis reaction to milk much in the same way that certain individuals react to nuts and peanuts — a life-threatening allergy which she shares as well. My younger daughter was initially prescribed with the same allergy affliction but she now appears to have out-grown it.
When I learned that both of my daughters had this allergy, I referred to their inability to consume milk, dairy and eggs as a “Blessing in Disguise” again, not out of food obsession, or judgment, but rather because it meant that they would not be unduly swayed by the chemically sweet and nutritionally dense products that fake food marketers relegate to the children’s section. You know what I’m talking about.
We have all seen and read the inexhaustible number of unpronounceable items that go into pre-packaged goods that are not only present in adult food, but baby food and “children’s food” as well. But this is what happens due to lack of time, busy mummies and daddies, general complacency, and/or passive aggressive behaviours that have developed over time due to the everyday stresses of our so-called in/convenient lives. And food marketers, AKA the new drug (food) pushers, know it.