I know it can be hard for a vegan to admit that they too get sick, but that’s not me. I’m here to help you and in this instance it requires helping myself first.
I finally posted on Instagram that I’m taking charge of my situation. I chose to share this with you because I have only been helped by those who chose to share their experiences too. To avoid confusion from this point on, I’m gonna get real with you. I believe I have candida overgrowth and leaky gut.
Health history potentially related to today’s big probs
Three years ago I started to develop insatiably itchy skin, particularly on my arms. I saw the doctor for this sooooo many times and wasted a lot of money on medical advice that didn’t advance my state of well-being even slightly. Actually, the first doctor I saw LAUGHED as he told me I had scabies. I was treated for scabies, unsuccessfully, mind you. I did not have scabies. I also did not like it being a joke. I sound bitter about it right now but I’m really not, I’m just trying to give you the full story haha.
So I was treated for scabies (which requires rubbing a gross prescription lotion from head to toe twice a day and sanitizing all curtains, towels, bedding, clothes, etc.). On my next doctor visits I was told a variety of things from showering too much to extreme eczema and was prescribed all kinds of lotions and creams. My mom (hope ya don’t mind me putting you on blast here mama :’D) has the same problem, so I chalked it up to being hereditary and I’ve dealt with it ever since. To this day I’ve only found ONE lotion that completely soothes my skin, and relief only lasts a short time. Maybe, if what I believe is correct, this is related to an underlying problem. BUT I’m always aware I could be wrong and this is just eczema.
Maybe a year or so after I gave up on my skin, I developed gastrointestinal issues and constipation which were so severe I actually volunteered to be completely inspected at the doctor’s office. HAH it was not fun, but up until that point I was seemingly really healthy and these problems accruing really scared me! The doctor suggested I was sensitive to certain foods, low on fiber, and gave me a couple prescriptions to promote healing. None of that worked and I didn’t go back.
Note that yes I was eating extremely unhealthily at this time, too. Consuming animal products with every meal and living on fast food because I had at least an hour commute to and from work daily, worked weird hours, and worked amongst aaaall my favorite, most tempting restaurants. AND they delivered to my workplace, which was really the only way to get food and finish it all in 30 minutes. I was also just really weak and undisciplined lol. Sigh.
Veganism to the rescue
Shortly after this, I went vegan and was thrilled that this could be the solution to all of my problems. We started with what was actually a pretty whole-foods based diet, as we lived in the middle of nowhere and vegan options weren’t prevalent back then (only 2 years ago! Dang veganism is growing fast). We ate a lot of beans, fruit and veggies. We were pretty keen to the accidentally vegan processed foods in the grocery store, but we were good for the most part.
For a year at least, I really did feel amazing. I don’t remember what the initial detoxing transition was like health-wise, but I recall being so grateful my health problems mentioned above were starting to vanish, or at least lay dormant. I even lost about 15 lbs just from making the switch, not even trying! And this is where I find vegans often stop telling their story…. If they face a health problem they either drop the diet and eat animals because their western-medicine-practicing doctor said (as famous vegans recently have), or they don’t talk about the problem in fears of scaring off the vegan-curious.
I’ve been helped tremendously by watching the few vegans who do share their health journeys honestly, and I’m a firm believer that food is medicine and our bodies are completely capable of healing themselves without prescription drugs. We just have to pay attention, allow our bodies to do what they will, develop a healing mindset, and listen to our intuition. All of the things I’ve been avoiding for a really, really long time.