My reasons for agreeing to this challenge were health, global consumption and animal cruelty-based.
Knowing I had to ‘endure’ this for 8 weeks while consuming enough nutrients to support nursing, I planned meals for each week the Sunday beforehand. To do so, I enlisted the help of vegan cookbook Oh She Glows by author and fellow Canadian blogger Angela Liddon. Another great source I recently found was this post on 5 Simple Raw Vegan Recipes to Try at Home!
The pictures in this book are enough to make anyone want to go vegan! I can honestly say I never felt hungry nor like I was suffering. I found each meal to be easy and exciting rather than daunting because I cooked large portions and then re-heated meals as needed.
I was able to lose the remaining “baby weight” (I still have inches to lose but the lbs are gone). I felt energized & balanced.
So am I Vegan?
Short answer no. I’m serious about animal welfare. I can no longer justify the cruelty that animals endure because of the monster that is the food industry. Having said that, Dan works with a lovely woman who raises chickens that she cares for with love. Because of this, I have reintroduced egg consumption on occasion from her farm.
I don’t believe in letting food become your judgement of yourself. While saving my full reasons for another post, I will say that mindsets like these lead to unhealthy relationships with food.
But I want to be able to enjoy salmon sashimi should I crave it without judgement of feeling like I’ve “fallen off the wagon” or that I need to attend a ‘vegans anonymous’ group. I do feel I cannot continue to eat meat for both animal cruelty & global consumption reasons (if we all ate like we do in the west there would be massive global food shortages in very little time). Like my friend Mike said, “What’s good for the planet is often good for our bodies.”
So what am I then?
I would like to present the term #Elletarian. Not as narcissism but rather a humble way of saying I have changed the way I think about food and I eat differently because of it. An #Elletarian eats perhaps 80% vegan for animal cruelty, health, and global food consumption reasons. He/she eats aprox 20% animal derived food (dairy or meat) when said animal has been treated with respect. Most importantly an #Elletarian eats without judgement of themselves or others.
I happily invite you all to become #Elletarians!