Recovering Vegan

I started identifying as a recovering vegan after friends noticed that I was eating animal products and asked what's up? I explained that the current science has guided me to include a fair amount of animal fats and proteins and that I felt better eating this way. I’m not sure how I got to vegan but for about twenty years I ate more soy products than is fit for human consumption and was essentially starving my body of essential nutrients found in animal fats and proteins. Perhaps it was me just wanting to be different or a way to get extra attention or maybe the many books that I had gravitated to that extolled the virtues and health benefits of eating animal free.

Recently was doing a bit of nutrition fact checking on Kale and stumbled across "Deliciously Organic" and appreciated the science based approach to nutrition. The website is authored by Carrie Vitt, a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) who offers information grounded in science that for the most part applies to the majority of humans. In essence she explains that eating raw Kale or other goitrogenic vegetables can lead to serious iodine uptake issues and harm the thyroid. She even references another health author Chris Kesser

"Kale contains many beneficial nutrients, but it’s not good idea to eat these hearty raw leafy greens on a continual basis. Kale is a goitrogenic vegetable and when eaten raw, this vegetable can inhibit the uptake of iodine by the thyroid gland. If it’s eaten in excess, these chemicals can inhibit the incorporation of iodine into thyroid hormone. This is a process that iodine supplements can’t reverse. (Source: Chris Kesser via The Thyroid Sessions) "

She offered a smoothie recipe that include cooked kale, beef gelatin and an egg yoke. Despite that she explained the nutritional benefit of this combination there was more than one comment that repeated the same thing that I used to think was true; "You can get everything you need from a plant based diet"

I'm really tired of seeing this disinformation from misguided humans that want to starve themselves and promote malnutrition.

For many body types you can't get everything you need from a plant based diet.

For any vegans that might be reading this I do not doubt that you personally might be able to get all your needs met from a plant based diet and as a 20 year vegan and now an 8+ year recovering vegan aka as an "omnivore" who now regularly eats grass fed beef products including a daily bowl of coconut gelatin (made with real beef gelatin), I now know that twenty years on a "healthy" plant based diet ruined my health. Misinformation led me to believe that not eating animal products was doing my body right...WRONG!

An example of the misinformation that continues to distort scientific fact. Chia seeds are said to be an excellent source of omega 3s often being touted as having amounts of omega 3s that exceed that found in wild salmon. What is not always being said is that since it is of the ALA (Alpha Linolenic Acid) type of omega 3 the conversion rate within the human body might add up to less than 1% DHA.

So because i was starving my body of wild salmon and wasting money and digestive energy on Chia, my body was being deprived of the benefits of a rich source of essential fatty acids. At 45 years old I had poor memory and brain fog and ever worsening mood swings and depression, add to this a dry and often acne prone complexion, poor sleep and low energy, regular consumption of soy products and delicious raw kale depressed my thyroid and set up a constant craving for more food! I was the classic case of a malnourished human that had been overfed plenty of healthy fruits, berries raw and cooked greens, tofu, tempeh, and all the inflammatory grains I could eat!

Human is a wild creature with complicated brains. Dolphins, Bears, Eagles, Badgers and pretty much all other creatures eat other creatures to thrive. I doubt Mother bear would starve her cubs of salmon. Eagle would not starve her chicks of meat. Dolphin would not starve her offspring of sardines or the occasional killer whale.

We however are the intelligent species that seems to know differently.