Monday, 21 September 2009

Summary of the 5 days vegan challenge

The 5 days vegan challenge was a great success, despite Marty waking up fancying milk, cheese, bacon and steaks every morning!  I had a headache the first day, but the following four days I felt alive, pain free, energetic and full of vitality.  I didn’t get that awful afternoon tiredness that I am plagued with, I had no aches and pains, and no headaches.  I’d say on average I usually spend 3 out of every 7 days with a headache, and once a week I get a migraine coming on (although I have learnt how to nip it in the bud before it develops).  And most days I am in some sort of pain or another. I swear, I feel like I’m falling apart most of the time!  But on the 5 days vegan challenge I had no pain, and felt really well.  It’s certainly making me think. Was it the omission of gluten and wheat? The exclusion of dairy? Or just the fact that everything we ate was pure, real, natural food, and that nothing at all was processed and filled with chemicals?  Or a combination of all?

I have decided to do a Diploma in Nutrition.  For years now I have been sprouting, milling, juicing and promoting the consumption of more raw foods.  I can do the course from home, in my own time; and it is certainly a subject that I will enjoy even if I take it no further.  Afterwards I would be entitled to call myself a holistic nutritionist, or a practitioner of nutritional therapy.  Id love to run classes showing people how to sprout, or promoting healthy eating for children and babies.  We will see if I ever get that far.  I’ve done some research and I can’t find anyone in Northern Ireland offering such a service.  I have found only one serious nutritionist in NI with a good website. She is based in Belfast.  I think there is certainly room for some more.

I will certainly never be a vegan. I like fish too much and believe it is good for you. But I do think we all eat far too much meat and dairy, and even more processed trash.




Meghan (Making Love In The Kitchen) said...

I love it! That was the exact goal I had with the program. Most importantly- love that you are feeling great. Keep at it- get's easier over time. I have been gluten/dairy for seven years now and it is not an effort. Occasionally I will have a little something, see that it is never as good as I remembered and then reclaim my front seat on the health train.

Can't wait to see where all of this takes you and your family.

crunicorn said...

Good luck with the nutritionist thing - always good to have a goal like that and I'm sure you'll love every minute of it (not sure the family will though!!!! lol)

crunicorn said...

PS - I agree - I've felt better on the 5 day challenge, once the caffeine withdrawal gave up!!!! Still waiting for the digestive bit to sort itself out though!!!

Steve said...

looking forward to some more yummy food!

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