Allow me to explain.
Vegan has been a part of my life now for 16 years. For many of those I was a true vegan- no animal products in my nutritional strategy at all. Over time, that changed and though I never surrendered the vegan elements I did begin to add meat back into my strategy but only after I had learned how to do so authentically, according to nature’s provision and way. It was a big learning curve for sure but I have thrived. But that is another discussion altogether.
So earlier this year, when a friend declared of my new vegan cookbook, “Vegan Goes Great with Fish and Chicken”, it struck me. This really is true!
Many people run scared when the word vegan is used and it is suggested as a means to their health and wellness goals. It is a huge lifestyle change; one that many cannot conceive of making and sustaining. I embraced it because I was 5 years into a battle with incurable cancer and my options had run out. And it saved my life! Vegan truly is a powerful means for health and I will die with that belief.
But, I am convinced that it doesn’t have to be an all or nothing strategy.
Why can’t vegan be a part of a meat consuming strategy? By definition it cannot! But let’s not be legalistic here. I’m not talking letter of the law, I’m talking strategy, theory, creativity, balance.
Many red blooded Americans are meat and potato consumers; beginning and end of story. So, when the realization comes that a nutritional lifestyle change is needed, things can get a bit challenging. Dare you mention the word vegan and they go into shock! Lol. It’s true. I’ve seen it happen time and again.
But what if I told you that you could achieve a simply brilliant degree of health and wellness by taking the best elements of both worlds and combining them into one plan for your health and wellness? Wouldn’t you be more receptive and excited? I just bet you would! And that is exactly what I teach.
When I have a client who is seeking to transform their health, lose weight, get in shape, reduce or eliminate medications, this is the course I take. Vegan does go great with fish and chicken! That is my message! And it works!
Yes, when I have a client in particularly bad health, facing cancer or another immediate life threatening situation, I do often suggest an authentic vegan approach as a means of natural healing. But as prevention based, sustainable lifestyle, I feel passionately about the inclusion of all elements of nature’s provision. Again, that is a subject bigger than this article and one we really should explore further in future articles.
I know I risk over simplifying the concept and principles of vegan nutrition…and that is not really my intent. But I do believe there is another way to look at it. Vegan is about plant based nutrition and that is a decided shortfall in the modern diet. So, by simply adding in those rich, plant based elements, dramatic changes in health and wellness can in fact occur. The bonus is, that not only are you now getting the incredible benefit of those natural elements but you are doing so in a manner that is long term sustainable.
Am I making any sense here? LOL. This is really such a big topic and I don’t want to short change the value of vegan or any other element of nature’s provision for health and wellness. But I do want you to know that I do not see any “diet’ as an all or nothing solution. I believe in a lifestyle that embraces ALL of nature’s finest provision. And so on the subject of vegan, yes I do believe it plays an exclusive role in some instances as it did mine. I don’t however believe it to be the one and only answer for sustainable nutritional wellness. I firmly believe and have experienced that the inclusion of vegan elements is vital, powerful and necessary for an authentic lifestyle of wellness.
And so I repeat the declaration that “Vegan Goes Great with Fish and Chicken”. And I have a great cookbook to help you make the introduction! Juss sayin
Are you ready for some vegan fusion?