In the summer of 2013, the Internet went abuzz with a website called ExVegans.com [currently disabled] that released a ‘Vegan Sellout List’. It’s mission? To publicly name and shame ex-vegans and share their photographs and other personal information with the world.

This site reminded me of my experience with veganism five years ago.

After being diagnosed with massive uterine fibroids, I went on an exploration of alternative medicine, which included ayurveda, iridology, reiki, acupuncture, reflexology and many more. Each modality helped me understand the many aspects of holistic health. Then I met a homoeopath in Auroville who also happened to be an ardent vegan. Homoeopathy was a system of medicine I was eager to explore, so I immediately booked a session. However, our session ended up being a spiel about animal cruelty and the need for me to turn vegan. Already an animal-lover and a vegetarian, I felt awfully guilty after this discussion and decided to turn vegan immediately.

It was the worst decision I ever made.

My condition worsened as I immediately lost lots of weight and began experiencing exhaustion and adrenal fatigue. Additionally, I was consuming large amounts of soy products—the main alternative to dairy for all vegans—which is a huge hormone disruptor, if consumed in excess. I learnt much later that soy milk, blocks of tofu, tofu noodles and other processed soy products should be completely avoided by women with fibroids.

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This was first published in the December 2013 issue of Complete Wellbeing.

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  1. I’m sorry to hear that you ran into issues with transitioning to a vegan diet. When people hear “vegan” they often think of foods like tofu, but one doesn’t have to consume soy to be vegan. There are many other wonderful foods to eat, such as almond and flax milks, beans and lentils, quinoa and grains, and seitan (and of course fruits and vegetables).

    Any time you drastically change what you’re eating (and not eating), you’re going to need to make adjustments along the way. I found that making sure I eat enough calories (esp. whole grains) and healthy fats (avocados, nuts, seeds), I’m able to maintain my weight and energy. I highly recommend working with a supportive registered dietician who can assist with adjusting what you’re eating to find the right balance.

    Saying that going vegan was the “worst decision you ever made” may be a way to get people to read the post, but its sensational title is off-putting to those who choose to be vegan for ethical reasons. You may feel like it was the worst decision you ever made, but it was the best decision for the animals.

    Unfortunately, there is no such thing as “humane” meat and milk. All farm animals are ultimately killed many years before their natural lifespan. The cow’s milk that we drink means that the baby calves get none from their mothers.

    Honoring our bodies means honoring the bodies of all animals, both human and non-human.

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