I started a Vegan facility because this was the trend that I was seeing and because I had a dairy allergy since I was in my 30’s. I became very involved in making sure there was actually a Vegan facility certification because the Vegans that I knew were being duped into believing their Vegan foods were actually Vegan! They were coming out of dehydrating machines that were also dehydrating meat. As I grew my company I began to lean more towards the vegetarian, raw diet because I love vegetables but what I learned over time was that my body did not like the way I was eating.
I recently read a remarkably interesting book called The Carnivore Code https://carnivoremd.com/book/ because I experience severe autoimmune issues. I learned that not all plants are good for our bodies. I also know that the “plant-based” products that I make for other companies in my facility are not always good for you. I have learned over the years that because something says Gluten-Free doesn’t mean it is healthy unless it is Righteous Cacao of course! Gluten-Free foods often are very high in sugar, potato start and tapioca starch which are not always great to eat often.
Plant-based foods can contain Methylcellulose (a bulking agent used in laxatives), Propylene Glycol ( a liquid used in anti-freeze), Ferric Phosphate (used in slug pesticide), Canola Oil (don’t even get me started) and so many more ingredients that you would never eat on their own. Vegan cheese for example has Xanthum Gum, non-GMO canola oil, Titanium Dioxide ( a color pigment used in food colourant which is used in cosmetics). You get my drift here, I hope! The foods that you eat may sometimes be all hyped up to make you feel like you are doing something great for the planet, but you may be hurting your own body by doing so.
This leads me to get back to my point here. Just because it is a fad it does not mean it is the right way to eat for your body. Just because people say we must save the planet and the animals does not mean it is exactly as they say it is. Do your own research and figure out what is best for your body, mind, and soul. I have learned that what might be right for one may not be right for another. We cannot all eat Keto, Paleo, Vegan, etc. etc. I know the most important thing that most humans do not do or understand is that our body talks to us and always lets us know what it likes and what it does not like.
Here are some signs that your body is letting you know you are hurting it by what you are putting into it:
Persistent Looseness of the Bowels
Cracks at the side of your mouth
Peeing more frequently
Skin breaking out
Gassy all the time
Cutting out food groups often
You are always in a bad mood
You are constantly cold
You cannot remember anything
You are depressed
And the list goes on and on!
Listen to your body and give it what is needs. It always tells you and the signs are usually pretty loud! Not a fad diet or a saving the planet diet works for everyone so take care of you, feel good when you choose what to eat. Enjoy every bite of what helps you and your body feel satiated and happy eating.
Blessings and LOVE, Audrey Darrow