I thought it would be important to share something with you today. I am vegan. I have been for 4 years now, after being vegetarian for almost 5 before that. While this implies that I have certain food beliefs, it also raises a few eyebrows when you couple it with recovery.
Interesting fact: when I was in in-patient treatment the second time they didn’t allow me to be vegetarian or vegan. I suppose to my treatment team, it looked like another form or restriction. Maybe it was… but my thoughts about it have evolved. Today it is about compassion. It is about years of reading and watching documentaries that have changed my views of the meat and dairy industry. It is also about finding a way of eating that reduces feelings of guilt for me. A purpose to my meals. A sense of comfort in eating knowing that my approach to food is one of “do no harm”
However, if I really take a long hard look at things, I can admit that there is power in the control that comes with a vegan diet. The abstaining from treats with dairy or eggs, the perfect excuse to not partake in shared meals, the limit on places you can dine. While I think that vegetarianism/veganism has aided my recovery, at times I wonder if it holds me back.
These thoughts have been weighing on my mind a lot lately. Especially as I write blog posts to share with the world. I would love to know your thoughts on the topic. Do you think veganism can aid recovery or should it be avoided? Do you have an experience to share?
Want more viewpoints? Here are a few posts that shed light on the topic: