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First off, let me start by saying that

1.) I am no longer a vegan

2.) This is not a judgement for or against those who chose to be

I went through a period early in my own health journey where EVERYTHING I read, heard & saw about “health” was the absolute truth and I needed to comply immediately.

Now mind you, that I had no health issues, wasn’t considered to be overweight and really had no reason to be concerned about my personal health except that I wanted to PREVENT illness and disease.  So I watched the documentary “Forks Over Knives” ….. and then I watched “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead”.

My mind was made up…. if I wanted to be the healthiest I could possibly be, I needed to be vegan…. oh and gluten free too (although I forget exactly where I first heard about the harms of gluten).

My willpower at the beginning is what got me through the adjustment from omnivore to gluten-free vegan and to be honest, it wasn’t THAT hard because the internet was full of resources of recipes.  And lucky for me, I really enjoy cooking.

Contrary to popular belief, I actually found this “diet” to be less expensive and relatively easy- even giving up cheese which I thought would be next to impossible.  No, I never did find a good substitute for cheese, but the absence of it in my diet made me really figure out what was it about eating cheese that I enjoyed.

I discovered that I liked the salt, the intense umami and the creaminess of cheese.  Once I identified those characteristics, I found other ways to satisfy my “need” for cheese.  But I digress…..

What did I discover about myself after following a gluten free vegan diet for 9 months?

In general, my health stayed the same.  I didn’t really notice anything different.  But I LEARNED a lot… like:

  1. How to cook dinner without a recipe… how to create flavors and balance textures
  2. How to QUICKLY cook a dinner.  Making a meal with just vegetables is really fast; raw vegetables is even faster 😉
  3. I explored different cuisines, especially Indian dishes (beyond curry)
  4. I understood and embraced the affect of gluten on our gut
  5. What “organic” and “GMO-free” meant & why it was important
  6. The toxic environment that is around us
  7. Animal farming practices

So even though I had started on the vegan diet for “health” reasons and didn’t notice a difference after 9 months, WHAT I learned has really been life changing for me.