So, I have been tired for the last couple of days. I put it down to recovering from the frivolity of the holiday season. I have been busy putting Xmas to bed and was getting closer to resuming my regular routine. And then it hit me last nite-sore throat, blocked ears, stuffy nose and dizziness. My daughter had this when she was here during the holidays. So, let’s call it the gift that keeps on giving!
Now, this morning my head is all fuzzy and I am not thinking very clearly, but this setback has set me thinking about this issue. I have encountered out there in the non-vegan world, a general perception that vegans should not get sick. I think this is because many non vegans choose to believe that we are vegan for reasons of health alone. We are eating lots of fruits and veggies which everyone knows are good for us, so we must be immune to illness. Being vegan does not necessarily mean that one eats well-a vegan could live on soft drinks (pop, soda) and chips and still be a vegan in the truest sense of the word if this person chose not to use any by product of non human animals for his or her own use. For example, this vegan might be obliged to sit on a leather seat from time to time, but would never buy or have such a seat in his or her house or buy it as a gift for someone.
One of the benefits for me since I began this journey is that I have fallen in love with the concept of a whole foods, plant based diet. I work every day to learn more about it and to live by it. So, I have very few processed foods in my house (got rid of the crackers, for instance, even though I love Mary’s crackers with almond butter). I include raw fruit and veggies in my diet every day and I try to stay away from sugar (the big stumbling block for me). But, I am not a machine, so, yes, vegans who eat well still do get sick.
So what’s my plan to get better? Get lots of rest, relaxation and juicing . This morning’s concoction of watermelon, orange and fresh ginger is sure to help.
JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED
Until next time.
May all beings be happy and free.