Vegan ---> Plant-Based
I would say I described myself as vegan for many years, over 6. It felt good and it was an easy way to describe the way I ate and my love of animals. Now, my feelings have shift a little and I dislike categories because I feel that one may put added pressure on themselves and have to fit into a box. I know it's confusing for society when they can't fit you in categories so I continued saying vegan instead of meat and dairy free. After nutrition school, which isn't as plant forward as you would think, I continued eating all plants. Especially, after watching the local documentary salmon confidential about the ISA virus (go watch if you haven't seen it).
Have things shifted? A little. I still LOVE animals and care a lot about sustainability, but ...
This week, I ate wild salmon and felt a little guilt wash over me because I hadn't shared it with my community. I almost felt as if I was cheating. So here I am , putting myself out there even though I am afraid of the judgment I may receive from others living the plant based life. I want to keep it real as it's unhealthy to have negative feelings towards food, my psychology background coming to the forefront here.
Do I plan on eating salmon often? NO, the main reason I have avoided it all these years is because everyone eats it and we are going to wipe out the species. I may have it once a month if wild and in season. That is a lot better than most of the population! I may never have it again, but my body was craving it and I had been ignoring it for months.
As of right now, I don't plan on eating meat or dairy because I could never kill them or torture them, I could never go hunting. I really don't ever see that changing. If you can take care of animals, name them, love them, feed them, then kill them, then I respect that. I personally can't and this blog is just about me and my feelings.
The majority of the population has a big disconnect with where their food comes from and well, in my opinion that sucks. I don't want to support the animal agriculture industry, which is so sad and cruel.
Animal agriculture is worse for global warming than the entire transportation industry!
I also don't like the texture or taste of meat and dairy. With meat, I find you have to season it with tons of spices (vegetables) to make it taste 'decent.' I can't imagine myself eating eggs again because I literally think about eating a baby chicken ... but again.. no categories here so who knows.
I hope you will continue to support me and those that make shifts in their diet to feel good as I am no longer thriving. I feel anxious if I don't eat often, a sign of imbalanced blood sugars and the protein and omega 3's were what my body wanted. I'm going to order some vegan DHA/EPA and maybe my cravings will go away : )
Please note, you can get all the protein required on a plant based diet and I have no intentions of including wild salmon often.
I'm still the veggie expert, I love animals and the planet.
In my eyes, a dog is the same as a pig and a horse or cow. They are all smart!
What did I eat?
BBQ dinner included: wild salmon, Naked Coconuts sesame teriyaki marinated portobello mushrooms with black pepper and garlic, sweet potato wedges in avocado oil and asparagus.
UPDATE: I’ve been living vegan for the last few months. No more occasional wild salmon or one off pasture raised egg when dining out. It wasn’t sitting right with me. My body was craving it and I eventually listened. I will support clients in all forms of eating, but I know I’ll always advocate whole food plant based eating 🌿 Thank you for following along
xx Jordan Bruce - Bruce's Roots