My New Diet + Lifestyle as a Vegan. Personal choice or Medically necessary?

Hey guys! It’s been a while since I’ve done a full blown personal blog post, so I figured I would get real deep with you all and let you in on why I have been a little distant here on my blog, and on social media. First things first, I am not writing this for any kind of sympathy or for attention. I am merely wanting to share my story in hopes that someone else out there who is going through the same thing finds my blog post and knows that they are not alone in this.

So here we go. Yes, I know the term “Vegan” gets thrown around a lot, especially in Los Angeles, the city where I live. However, I feel like now a days it is more accepted in society to make the elective choice to quit eating meat, and cutting out all dairy products or any substances that come in contact with animals. It’s actually quiet good for your overall health and there are SO many ways to get the nutrients your body needs without those things. The hardest part for me, is giving up the foods I once loved. Of course I miss bacon cheeseburgers, and bbq’d chicken wings, and the perfectly cooked filet minion. But my body psychically cannot process any of those things anymore, and here is why.

Let’s rewind for a moment, 3 months ago I started noticing that I was having pains in my lower back and abdomen. Being that I ate fairly healthy, exercised weekly and I wouldn’t consider myself “super skinny” but I am also not obese either the first thing that came to my mind was, “oh no it’s my kidney or my liver”. I thought that maybe I had been taking too much Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen and had caused some major damage to my vital organs. I have never in my life had this kind of stabbing pain, so I immediately scheduled an appointment to see my primary care doctor. After a few weeks of waiting to get in, she set me up for an ultrasound to get a closer look at what was going on. After hearing about the results from the ultrasound I was now extremely worried and asked my doctor what the next exam was that I could do for a more in depth reading. She suggested a CT scan. If you guys don’t already know this about me, I absolutely hate injections. I don’t mind needles but injections make my skin crawl. Something about a foreign substance being injected into my body rubs me the wrong way. With that being said if you’re reading this and you’ve never had a CT scan yourself I personally say unless you absolutely need it and it’s medically necessary then avoid it at all costs. They injected me with iodine contrast so that all my organs would light up for them to see. This was such a horrible sensation, my whole body got hot as if I was having a hot flash and then it gave me major anxiety. Needless to say I got through it and got my results back that everything looked good except for a “fold in my gallbladder”. which apparently is a  common thing I never knew about. This is where it gets tricky. My doctor calls me and tells me I am fine, all my test results came back normal. However, I was still getting these horrible sharp stabbing pains. So of course I did what any person would do, I googled my symptoms along with “folded gallbladder” and low and behold there it all was. EXACTLY how I was feeling, down every last detail. So I took initiative myself (because YOU are your best advocate, no one else is going to do it for you) I decided to make the switch in my diet to becoming a Vegan. I started off slow, I cut out all meats except for fish. I have already been lactose intolerant my entire life so I knew I couldn’t have any kind of dairy. I also knew I had a history of acid reflux. So that’s where the decision of becoming a Vegan came into play, over becoming a Vegetarian. It was pretty self explanatory, I knew I was going to need to commit 100% to this diet in order for me to be able to tell if this was going to work for me. So I did, and I still am. I can confidently say it is working, and helping tremendously with the pains I was having. Obviously everything in life is trial and error so I am still testing out the waters, but so far my overall lifestyle and spirit feels uplifted. I don’t get headaches or migraines nearly as often, I don’t wake up overly tired, I sleep better and my mood has changed! No joke you guys, when people say changing your diet is life changing they are not kidding. So yes, I am a Vegan and I am happy. I am healthy, and lucky to be.

With all that being said, if you know anyone or YOU yourself have gone through gallbladder issues like myself please feel free to reach out! I would love to help, share recipes, or even just be there to talk. It’s not easy completely restructuring your diet and lifestyle trust me, I know. So if I can help ease someones transition in any way I would be happy to help.

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Xx,

The Gypsy Mama