Peggy Japhet Warren’s testimonial highlights how easy it is to go vegan and that we don’t give up anything to be happy and healthy. Her personal story shows that dairy contributed to her health issues, which were cured completely by giving up dairy and specifically, milk. Please read her amazing story “From Feeling Sick to Fierce – A Vegan’s Journey” if you would like to be inspired! 🙂
From Feeling Sick to Fierce – A Vegan’s Journey
By Peggy Japhet Warren
Discovering that I was allergic to dairy was one of the best things that ever happened to me. For more than two decades doctors said I had fibromyalgia, but didn’t know why or have any suggestions on how to manage it except give me massive amounts of pain medication. Then one day I learned about problems that can be caused by gluten intolerance, so I decided to eliminate it from my diet and see what happened. The improvement after only five days was astounding. The intense body pain, digestive upsets, headaches, insomnia and constant throat irritation mysteriously vanished. But my success was short lived as I continued to have flare ups for no apparent reason. It took me another six months to track down the true culprit. The poison that had sickened me for years was actually cow’s milk. My full length article describing milk allergies can be found here: http://magazine.collective-evolution.com/view/docs/CE_Mag_Nov_2013.pdf
Once I ditched dairy I learned that many substitutes I tried were not only edible, they actually tasted wonderful, and soon I wouldn’t touch anything containing cow’s milk. It seemed like a miracle that eliminating this one single food could make such an enormous difference in my life. But how did this lead to me becoming a vegan? As I was researching food intolerance and the problems that people have relating to it, I began to become much more receptive to the idea of “we are what we eat.” For environmental reasons, I already ate very limited amounts of meat, but still loved eggs and ate them almost daily.
Then one day a very long time friend announced to me that both she and her husband had gone vegan overnight after watching the documentary “Vegucated.” I was blown away. As I continued to investigate our food system, the animal abuse related to factory farms became obvious. I did not want to support animals being treated that way and began to seek out “humane certified,” “cage-free” and “free-range” options. My friend urged me to reconsider my food options and continue to research. I read books, analyzed documentaries, watched horrible videos and looked at photos on the internet. I wanted to go vegan, after all I was the girl who cared for spiders, was kind to snakes and saved worms when it rained. But I was terrified that I would not be able to get my protein. After spending so many years feeling dreadful then re-discovering my life, I was afraid. I didn’t eat gluten, and soy disagreed with me. What would I eat if I completely gave up meat, and my favorite, eggs? How would I handle the weekly ritual of going to breakfast with my meat, egg and cheese loving husband if there was nothing for me to eat away from home? What about when the boss took us all to lunch?
Then my vegan friend told me about a plant based protein drink she found. It tasted wonderful, so I ordered a two month supply. The day it came was the day I went vegan and I’ve never looked back. Every day I make myself the most delicious super smoothie packed with fruits, veggies, vitamins and protein – it is my biggest meal of the day. When I go to breakfast I take my own organic raisins, almond milk and cinnamon and have a delicious bowl of oatmeal or eat veggie hash. Lunch out with the gang means a big green salad with lots of veggies. I’m not shy now when I go to a restaurant – if I don’t see it on the menu then I ask them to assemble something for me that I can eat. Sometimes I’m stuck with a bowl of lettuce or a plate of sliced tomatoes and avocado. But you know what? I feel like a million bucks.My spirit and my body feel healthier than they have in years. Not only do I not miss eating meat, eggs and dairy but I’m constantly discovering new and delicious foods that taste better than any food I’ve ever eaten in my life.
If someone would have told me five years ago that I would be an activist vegan today I would have laughed in their face and thought them mentally unbalanced, probably even radical. But today I can’t imagine any other way to live. If you truly want to live a vegan lifestyle, be brave. It can be done and done very well. The trick is to plunge in, believe that you will thrive and you will. Educate yourself about nutrition and seek out a rainbow of healthy choices that are out there just waiting to be discovered. Options you’d never thought about before soon become every day staples on the menu. It really is prettyeasy once you make the decision. If we can eat wonderful, cruelty-free food that is super healthy and is easier on the environment, why wouldn’t we? So if you are thinking about going vegan, but continue to feel hesitant, just go for it – you won’t regret it.