Vegan. The world makes me angry, confused, sad. How can people eat vegan when things like this exist:
I have never understood why people would put themselves through the torcher of avoiding such delicious foods. Vegetarianism I can kind of get, but not eating dairy products? What?? It’s not like it’s hurting the cow to get the milk. How can you experience things like cheddar cheese and goat cheese, and then simply stop eating them?!
Today however, I have decided to embark on a new dietary adventure. I am joining the dark side, the crazies, the deprived, and starting a vegan diet. It’s not to lose weight or because I suddenly feel guilty about eating Bambi, Bessie, or Chicken Little, it’s for my skin.
For over 6 months now, I have had an on/off rash that stretches from my scalp to my feet. I have had eczema since I was 18 months old so I’m pretty used to it, but the face rash really gets to me. There are some days where it will seem to go away, and then BAM I wake up in the morning with skin feeling like leather. I have lost countless nights of sleep due to the itching and the uncomfortableness that is my skin. My gluten free diet hasn’t made a noticeable change in my eczema, so I’m ready to try something more drastic.
A few years ago I did a vegan lifestyle for awhile and it actually really did help. Only eating fruits, veggies, rice, and beans helped me lose a few pounds and really helped my skin.
As all eczema sufferers know, we are our own worst critics. Many people probably wouldn’t even notice the little rashes, bumps, and sores that my body has, but I notice them. They hurt, itch, and keep me from feeling my best. I feel great on the inside, so why can’t my outside reflect that?
So here it goes. My second time going vegan in order to improve my skin and overall health. I have had a few customers at the restaurant who swear by a vegan lifestyle for that exact reason. One guy even told me that he was supposed to be on diabetic and cholesterol medication and within a few weeks of going vegan, his doctor said he didn’t need to be on either anymore. Amazing. Also, a little extra motivation comes from the fact that in 3 months I have to squeeze into a wedding dress and then spend 10 days in a bikini in Hawaii. Here’s hoping that going vegan helps my areas with a little extra “love”, and my eczema.
Does anybody have any good vegan recipes they would like to share? PS I don’t do tofu.