My Vegan journey began in November of 2017.
In 2008 I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease after the birth of my twin daughters. I struggled with stomach issue for most of my life, but they peaked after giving birth. After 2 hospitalizations and numerous colonoscopies, I was diagnosed with the dreaded Crohn’s. I was medicated for a few years. During that time, I read, I researched, and I followed a clean eating diet.
Skip forward 9+ years. I was unmedicated and struggling with stomach issues again. My wonderful doctor was retired and I had an elevated blood cell count. My General Practitioner sent me to a new GI doctor for a check up.
I ended up with a very nice doctor who had a hard time believing I had Crohn’s. Why you ask? Well, most are diagnosed at a much earlier age than me and my 32 year old self. So, the doctor scheduled a colonoscopy to see what was really going on.
I had my latest colonoscopy last Fall (2017). When it was over, the doctor came to talk to my husband and I. He said he believed I was misdiagnosed with Crohn’s. Great, right?! Well, not so fast…. I still have these horrible symptoms.
The GI doctor told me to start taking Miralax and Benefiber daily. What?! I didn’t want to take a daily dose of meds! And not a laxative and fiber supplement. This made NO sense to me!
So, I asked if I could change my diet to control these problems I had struggled with for so very long. NO. His answer was NO. Really?! How short sighted was this response!? I grew up in a homeopathic household. This answer was not going to fly with me!
Skip forward another week or two… I started taking the Miralax and Benefiber. Gross! Then, my brother-in-law stopped by for a visit. He mentioned that I should try a 3 week Vegan diet with he and my sister at the first of the year.
Being the nerd alert that I am, I started doing some research on what a vegan diet would require. In doing so, I started reading article after article on how a vegan diet was the best help for gut health! Ding, ding, ding! How had no one discussed this with me before! And, how had that goof ball doctor not recognized that I may be able to help myself by controlling what went in my mouth!
I have been super grossed out by chicken since my pregnancy. I never seemed to get over this issue. So, chicken was going to be easy. And, pork… meh. But, could I give up a steak!? Not sure about that one. And cheese, how would I live without cheese! Cheese may do me in. I loved nothing more than date night with a cheese board, a glass wine and Dateline. Ugh!
I set out the week of Thanksgiving 2017 to try this vegan diet thing for 3 weeks and see how it made me feel. Then, for there I would make more decisions. No pressure. Just an experiment. That sounded doable to me.
Thanksgiving came and I ate one bite of grey turkey. Not really impressed or interested. I got this!
A few days went by and I was feeling pretty good! Within a week, my stomach was normal. What? This was a foreign concept.
Weeks went by, and now months have passed. I feel good! Not only is my stomach normal, it isn’t bloated often, my skin looks better, my nails are stronger, I rarely need a sleep aid, I could go on. I feel good!
But, what about those cravings…..