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I Just Can’t… Be Vegan Anymore for Poppy & Seed

When I had just begun my journey in the natural health world I had my first “I just can’t” moment when urine therapy hit the scene. Yes, that’s right folks, drinking one’s own pee for health! When I used to think about veganism I’d think of the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding where the main actress’ fiancé is asked if he eats meat. Aunt Voula hears him say he’s vegetarian so she offers to make him lamb instead. If you asked me ten years ago if I’d ever become a vegan, I’d have laughed and said, “I’m Italian, I just can’t be vegan.” But then, during an ethical, spiritual exploration, I did. Well, temporarily at least.

I was asked to review activist and author, Sonia Faruqi’s, Project Animal Farm. Her provocative story working undercover on factory farms throughout the world literally made my heart hurt. The atrocious treatment to animals reported in her book was beyond inhumane. I considered the ethical meats I consumed humane, but her first-person account was raw and eye-opening. For about six months after my read of Faruqi’s account I didn’t eat any meat. My meat consumption growing up was not huge and I already consumed a primarily plant-based diet so I figured it wouldn’t be too difficult. And, it wasn’t… until I started to feel unwell. There were headaches, fatigue, lack of mental vitality… my recall was beginning to be delayed. I still, to this day, experience a MTHFR mutation (along with several others) that causes difficulty in processing the folate our bodies require to thrive. Even after changing my dosages of certain bioavailable nutraceuticals that target methylation I was still not myself. And I thought, If I can’t be vegan, then I’ll be the most ethical, conscientious meat consumer I can be… Keep reading at Poppy & Seed. 

Cool art by James Ormiston

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C H R I S T I N E Dionese, co-founder of flavor ID and Garden Eats is an integrative health & food therapy specialist, medical & food journalist. She has dedicated her career to helping others understand the science of happiness and its powerful effects on everyday human health by harnessing the power of the epigenetic landscape. To balance the more serious side of her work, she loves to concoct, write about and connect people through food & drink. You can check out her latest work at The Chalkboard Magazine, The Fullest and Rochester's Boomtown Table. Christine lives, works and plays between Southern California & Upstate New York.

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