The blog has been quiet for a couple of weeks, for which I apologize. Part of it was due to some days off for the summer but a large cause was that a routine check up found some issues in my body. I’m purposely not using any of the medical term.
It really hit me as a shock and took me a little time to get my head around what I had to do. Without getting into the details, after several tests it came out that this thing is removable via a surgery but that might affect getting pregnant later. I did a fair bit of reading in the subject and discovered that some patients suffering from this condition were able to improve their state significantly and sometimes even cure it without surgery. The idea was supported by my doctor who gave me 3-4 months to see if these lifestyle and diet changes make any difference and then we can still do the surgery if needed.
I have been a 90% vegetarian already due to both health and environmental reasons but this diet needed to also leave any dairy products, eggs, anything containing gluten and soy. Further of course no fizzy drinks or anything processed, alcohol and coffee. Caffeine in fact has to be eliminated entirely.
The idea behind it is to leave out anything that can bring toxins to the body or cause inflammation and hormonal imbalance. The key is to let the body run properly, let the liver, skin etc to do its job to detoxify and then the body will be able to heal itself.
I know this topic is not related to fashion but I thought I’d share my journey with you as veganism is helping to live a more ethical life. Veganism has many health benefits as well so maybe this series will be helpful for some of you who are considering it.
Converting to a vegan-gluten free diet without soy
Once I’ve discovered that eating too much soy could alone cause my condition I was very surprised. As a vegetarian in many cases my go to meat and dairy replacement was a soy product: soymilk, tofu, soy granulate, miso, soy sauce etc. As it turns out soy contains something called phytohormones which can cause hormonal imbalance and an array of negative effects in our bodies especially in women. So along with regular bread, eggs, milk, yoghurt, soy had to go as well.
During the first week I was pretty clueless and stayed with eating apples and rice crackers. That can’t do any harm, right? Well, neither it is a satisfying meal. I soon realized that this change is not going to be overnight no matter how committed I was. I love eating and I’m not willing to give the pleasure of food up along with these ingredients. But at the same time I have no idea what to cook without my previously basic ingredients, I have no idea where to buy the stuff, what do I actually like out of these etc. plus I still had food in my storage which were not in line with the diet but throwing it out would go against my core believes.
So I decide to get out of this freaked out mindset and make a plan. First of all I need some ideas. So I bought a cookbook. This one has many interesting recipes that I’m actually excited to try as well as very valuable tips. I’m planning to make the transition in 5 weeks. Might be ambitious but I think it is doable.
So here is my plan:
Week 1: Ditch coffee and replace it with green tea. I know it has nothing to do with veganism but eliminating caffeine from the diet can help to rebalance the hormones in my condition. Being on a daily rate of at least 2 cups of coffee this alone will be a sufficient task for the week in my opinion. There is still a chance I might turn into a raging dragon. At the same time I will use the week to use up the dairy and non-gluten free products in my kitchen.
Week 2: Figure out what to eat for breakfast and leave alcohol. For breakfast I used to have eggs or toast both out the window. Will update you on the options I’ll test.
As for alcohol I can’t say I’m a big drinker but I do enjoy a glass of wine quite often. I will replace it once a week and only drink high quality red.
Week 3: Figure out what to eat for lunch that can be taken to the office.
Week 4: Replacing dinner with vegan gluten-free options.
Week 5: Replace any treats and snacks with vegan gluten-free options.
Are you a vegan or trying to become one? What are your main struggles?