Before all you vegans start getting mad at me or unsubscribing, hear me out.
During high school and my recovery, I tried to find an eating plan that worked for me. One of those was veganism. I loved the idea of not eating any animal products and the benefits it would have on the environment and on my body. But at the time that I made this transition, I was also playing basketball, competitively. I played two games while being vegan and they were probably the worst two games I had ever played. One morning, I went to breakfast with my coach and guess what I did…I ordered eggs. That’s where my vegan streak ended. Plus, my coach was basically going to talk me out of the whole vegan thing because of what it was doing to me anyways.
So I ate the eggs and at my game later that afternoon, I played 100x better. It may have been mental, it may have been the protein, but whatever it was, it worked.
I still wouldn’t eat chicken at this point though so I was technically vegetarian. Fast forward a couple of months and my depression worsened. That’s when my mom suggested I try to reintroduce chicken back into my diet. She even promised to buy organic. And I ate it.
Protein has really helped with my depression and I can still feel the affects when I don’t eat enough of it. Everybody is different and every body is different. And I guess my body really needs protein. I would say I eat vegetarian 90% of the time but I incorporate in organic, cage-free chicken whenever it’s available.
If I were not as active as I am and not had a history of depression, you bet I would be vegan. There is no doubt that there needs to be a change in the meat industry. That’s why I eat organic chicken. The chicken are allowed to roam free (hence cage-free) and they are not mistreated like too many of the animals are. (P.S. If you want to watch a movie on the meat industry, watch Earthlings. You will cry and you will cover your eyes. But it really opens your eyes to the meat industry and how mistreated the animals are.)
I know it is possible to get enough protein in a vegan diet but my body did not respond to it well. If it responds to your body, perfect! That’s what works for you. But like I said, every body is different.
Are you vegan?
Have you tried something that your body doesn’t respond to well?