This week in IIN, we began a lecture series on vegan and vegetarian diets. I have been vegan for almost three years now so obviously I have a biased towards this way of living.
Not only do I believe it is healthy for the body, mind and spirit, it is also good for the planet and of course, the animals.
In the first lecture, something Joshua, the founder of IIN said stood out to me. He was speaking about young adults and how we have the ability to eat a vegan diet successfully because we are young, vibrant and have healthy bodies simply because we have not yet lived as long.
He made the comment that what works for us now, might not always work in the best way, so we need to be mindful of that toward our clients and not force a certain diet upon them.
This made me think about my own personal choices and evaluate what I would do if such a situation were to arise.
What if I had a disease and the only food my stomach could handle was some sort of animal product?
What would I do?
Well guys, you can’t save animals or promote healthy lifestyles from the grave.
I went vegan for ethical reasons and stay this way because it works for me, both healthfully and morally. However, if there came a point where I was ill or needed some form of calories from animal sources to survive, I would not hesitate to consume them.
This topic can be tied into my experience last Sunday with Coke.
Do I drink it regularly? No.
The situation I was in led me to consume it greedily.
Do I regret it? No.
Let’s say I was in another situation like that and the only thing available was cheese. Would I have eaten it?
Why? Because honestly, I would not have made it home without something.Click To Tweet
I am lucky (actually, we all are lucky) that we live in a culture and society that allows us the choice between animal calories and other types of calories. Given the choice, I will always choose the cruelty free option, unless my life and well being depend on it.
Consuming a small portion of an animal source to sustain my health and life is collateral damage for the good I can do alive to protect hundreds of other animals through my message.
Cruelty free and vegan is something I will always strive for, but I acknowledge that perfection is not always possible.
Tying this into my future health coaching practice, I will remember that each of my clients have their own lived experience and know what things they prefer in order to be successful. Just because I thrive on a vegan diet, doesn’t mean they will.
It will always be my message that a vegan way of eating is best for the planet and the animals, however part of meeting a client where they are at means allowing them to pursue their truth and realizing they might not be ready to embrace what I believe is the best way to eat.
Pumpkin spice waffle with peanut butter, coconut butter and maple syrup. Side of apples and cold brew.
Budda bowl with tofu, roasted veggies, black beans and snap peas
3 year old granola bar I found in my backpack
Almond butter, grape jelly and banana burrito, bowl of broccoli with dip
Is it pumpkin spice time for you yet?
Would you eat something out of the ordinary for your health?
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