Sharon Rosenrauch’s journey to Veganism
As mentioned, my weak digestive system means that I’m unable to consume eggs, so zinc is a nutrient I struggle with as my high phytate intake (found in plant-based foods) means much of the zinc I do consume I don’t absorb. Therefore, I take a daily zinc capsule and every now and then get a vitamin B12 injection. I like to ensure I’m in the upper level of the “normal range” (set by population averages …. and we are a sick population!) for B12.
Where to start! Increased energy, clearer skin, more focused concentration, better digestion (still not optimal but this is something I will always struggle with due to a range of pre-existing health conditions), and, most of all, I feel content in the knowledge that I am making a small change in the world by choosing a lifestyle where other living beings don’t have to suffer so I can obtain the sustenance I need to power my busy life.
Sometimes travelling can be a bit of a pain. Not impossible, it just means you have to come prepared. My family is from Argentina (meat-eating capital of South America), so when I go to visit my extended family I am continuously having to explain myself. They look at me like I’m a bit of an alien, but I’m not too fussed. I love explaining why I choose to not consume animal products to my non-vegan counterparts. Many people aren’t educated on the true atrocities of the meat and dairy industries, and I love being able to relate what knowledge I do have. For those who are going vegan for the first time, I would recommend seeking the advice of an appropriately qualified nutritionist or dietician, as it can be easy to become nutrient deficient in a poorly planned vegan diet (but the same is true of any unhealthy, poorly planned diet).
I think people get fixated on labels – vegan, vegetarian, paleo, macrobiotic. All these labels serve to do is create psychological prisons that are unnecessary e.g., “oh I like X food, but I can’t have it because I’m vegan/vegatarian/paleo .. whatever the case may be”. I think the best diet is the one that makes you happy, sees your blood test results come back positively, and that you can maintain. Of course I would love it if everyone could follow a plant-based diet as this would have a dramatic impact on the environment, to our furry friends, and to our world’s overall preventable health crisis, however I’m not unrealistic and realise this isn’t always an option for people. I do think including more unprocessed, plant-based foods in your diet is a goal that everyone can strive for.
Ahh there are so many, but lately my sweet tooth has been craving nothing but turmeric nana ice cream. Just blend a few pre-peeled frozen bananas in the blender with a tablespoon or so of plant-based milk (I like macadamia milk as it’s extra creamy), a scoop of pumpkin puree (just pre-steamed mashed pumpkin) then sprinkle in some turmeric, cinnamon, black pepper (to aid the curcumin absorption of the turmeric), and nutmeg. Might sound a bit odd but trust me, this tastes like bliss! Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.