Little did I know – I was technically a vegan unknowingly whilst living in London, UK. See, I don’t really need to explain what a student’s financial situation is like in University… but I’ll just reiterate that there was no steak & foie gras present until long after I’d left!
My diet for the better part of 2013 followed literally these 3 options: I. Coffee/Tea (with too much sugar), II. Bagels (25p. each from the Bagel Shop on Brick Lane), III. Potatoes with Curry Sauce (from Poppies Fish & Chips in Spitalfields).
Believe it or not, regardless of such poor choices (no pun intended) during that time frame I was in the best physical shape of my adulthood. I didn’t realize until I moved to Dubai how much my newfound diet had affected my body. I literally ate everything that was served at the events/press conferences I attended which almost always involved meat/poultry & dairy products. Considering also that the Arab world has cuisine options that tend to be more meaty with sides of starches, I found myself prone to weight gain quite easily & quickly.
I was pulling 22 hour days in Dubai & I wasn’t scheduling in gym time like I was so accustomed to doing in the Western world, so my energy levels quickly dwindled. I would end up waking up more tired than when I’d fallen asleep, which in turn affected my mood & overall work ethic. I also had an intense acne breakout which I’d also never experienced before, which was to say the least quite stressful. So when I was in Turkey last November, I started researching the causes for all these negative outputs…
During my time in Cappadocia, I was editing quite a lot & would take sporadic breaks & watch tons of TED videos. What I’d realized was that there was a connection between my stomach & brain. Which I realized when watching videos like these Heribert Watzke, Mia Nacamulli, Ruairi Robertson. I was fascinated and wanted to learn more, as usual, so of course that night I binge-watched all things relating to nutrition & health.
Like all binge-watching, eventually I ended up nowhere near where I began on YouTube, wrapping up with veganism & the ethical reasons as to why a plant-based diet was a better life path to venture on. If you only watch 1 video from this blog post, I’d suggest this one – News Q&A with Gary Yourofsky.
As I was reprogramming my mind, I learned that the body is more susceptible to diseases when it’s more on the acidic spectrum than that of the alkaline end on the pH scale. I highly recommend not only reading but bookmarking this: The Acid & Alkaline Food Chart. I also learned that I was a consumer in which I quite literally consumed whatever was sold to me, without knowing not only the health risks but also the animal cruelty that such choices reflected on. Lastly, I learned that if birds/dogs/fish have a diet, why is it that humans don’t have a specific diet?
I’m far from answering that question myself, but I can honestly say that after I completed the 30-day vegan pledge. I was not only able to reprogram my mind, but I also introduced a healthy habit of feeding life into my life.