My weekend was crazy! David, Dixie and I loaded up the car Saturday afternoon and made the two hour drive to see our family. We stayed there until we made the drive home Sunday night. It was nice to catch up with family and spend some time “home.”
Saturday night I was more HANGRY than I’ve ever been. I felt my blood sugar dropping and I was getting light-headed driving to my Dad’s (where I stayed for the night). I walked in the door and ate the closest things to me: brownies and a slice of pizza (definitely NOT vegan).
After not eating any animal products for a month, my body definitely revolted. I immediately felt so sick and lethargic. I even had to cancel my plans that night.
I should have recognized that although my being vegan is easy enough, it does require planning- especially visiting a house full of processed foods and Splenda yogurt. I could have picked up a quick frozen meal or brought some dry oats in a bag. So many things I could have done… but I didn’t think.
I ended up also eating eggplant parmesan (with cheese) Sunday at a big family party. Another thing I didn’t think of was what my family would have to say. Most know I’ve switched up my diet but they don’t totally understand (or support) it. SO I ate the dairy… and the consequence was even worse.
I originally became vegan out of suspicion that dairy was causing all my stomach troubles. I knew I was right when all pain went away three days after going vegan. Now all that pain is back… and worse. The pain is surely a reminder that I need to be kind to my body and remember what works for me. My health is worth a few minutes of planning and a few extra minutes of explaining to my family why I eat the way I do.
I’m so grateful I’ve found a diet that leaves me feeling fresh, healthy and happy. I’m thankful that I don’t have to have my stomach in knots all the time.
Never would I say or believe that everyone should eat one particular way. My experience is with my body and how I react to certain foods. There is nothing wrong with the foods I ate… it was just how my body reacted to them. I know we all have things in our life that throw us off balance. Let’s work to listen to our bodies and treat ourselves well!