Well world, shortly after Thanksgiving, I decided to throw in the towel on the vegan diet.
It was a good run while it lasted, but after 5 months, it wasn’t for me.
Even though I was quite aware of my macro and micro nutrients, and properly substituting my protein / vitamin intake, I didn’t notice a change in my health, which was the #1 reason of switching to eating vegan, as I mentioned in my post How to Become Vegan
By the 3rd month, I actually began feeling sluggish and unsatisfied. I noticed a shift in my mood as I got bored with a diet that was no longer sustaining me. My fibroid situation only improved during the first two months, and I began dealing with the symptoms for the last 3 until I decided to end the vegan diet.
I weaned myself back to eating meat-sourced protein, by first eating hard boiled eggs, then shortly introducing white fish, then moving onto red meat and cheese.
Another reason for this decision was my attempt at the “blood type diet” (BTD), which sounded more promising and I was “allowed” to eat meat.
I heard about BTD around 8 years ago from a friend. After getting my blood type then, the idea didn’t really go anywhere, until recently (last month), I was speaking with a naturopath who was on the blood type diet herself.
The idea to eating foods specific for your blood type made sense.
What also convinced me, was the list of no-no foods not to eat, were the very foods I was eating on the vegan diet:
tofu, lentils, chickpeas, miso, avocado, corn, wild rice, and included most nuts/seeds.
These no-no foods are described as being toxic to my blood type lectins (carb-binding proteins), which causes health related issues; so I began to question if the vegan diet was toxic to my health.
Let me tell you, as a B-type, I found the diet more difficult than the vegan diet.
On top of my list of no-no foods, I couldn’t eat chicken, pork (no longer vegan and I can’t eat bacon!),
no shellfish, no corn, ice cream, coconut (WTF!!!), pasta, cinnamon, pepper and tomatoes, which was difficult, since that included pasta sauce and ketchup.
The list goes on of these no-no foods, and not only was it hard to follow, but my weight began to drop because I was afraid of what to eat – I began to grow this frustrating, confusing fear of food.
What diet do I follow? What is good for my health? Who do I trust?
When you begin to think about the food industry, being on any sort of diet becomes challenging, as we become reliant on what works and what is labelled as being “good”.
I took the naturopaths word based on her expertise and personally (experienced) opinion, along with the data from the book, but I realized I didn’t do any research.
I found many articles stating there is no scientific evidence supporting the diet; Toronto’s very own U of T debunked the blood type diet, but then I found a response from Author and founder of Eat Right for Your Type, saying the U of T study was not done effectively following the proper model of the blood type diet.
So I was confused.
I was fed up, annoyed and hungry.
Overall my decision to just eat whatever I want to eat, came down to removing any sort of restriction of what I should eat or what I’m allowed to eat.
This sort of inner conflict doesn’t help my health, which is most likely why the fibroid symptoms didn’t change. If I’m in a constant state of thinking something is going to affect my health, than I am creating that unneeded stress, causing fear to manifest, which will ultimately affect my health.
In my article Detox, Diets and Cleanses, I mention:
The word “diet” is misconstrued. The word itself simply refers to what you eat, but most people think of the word as an eating program in order to lose weight, gain weight, lower cholesterol, live a long healthy life, etc.
I much prefer focusing on what I’m eating, as opposed to restricting myself to a program.
I’m a healthy eater, I’ve studied nutrition; I understand the importance of eating a HEALTHY diet,
so yes I will eat what I want including meat, and ice cream – BUT in moderation, and being mindful of what I am putting in my body.
What do you eat? Let me know in the comments below.