I went vegan in the winter of 1995, almost entirely for ethical reasons, but I was happy about the incidental health benefits that went along with it. Nearly 15 years after going vegan, I now realize that “just go vegan” isn’t the answer to every problem. Over the years, vegan food has become so popular that vegan junk food companies have popped up left and right, making it easier than ever to be sick on a vegan diet.
In 2003, I suddenly developed allergies to wheat and gluten, and discovered that I was afflicted with candida (yeast in the blood) that drained me of my health and energy. I was also headed down a clear path toward hypoglycemia and possibly diabetes. After finding raw food, I’m healthier than I’ve ever been. But even now, there are still so many questions with vague or conflicting answers.
I’ve also come to question the conventional wisdom of only looking at a politician’s animal and environmental record when deciding who to vote for. In this age of tyrannical administrations, maybe seeking more government control, even for the sake of ending animal cruelty, isn’t the best solution.
I grew up in upstate NY, went to college in Austin, TX where I lived for 10 years, spent 4 years in Seattle, and now reside in Asheville, NC. I have worked in the high tech industry as a software developer since 1999. In addition to vegangirl.com, I also built foodscout.org, which is essentially a cataloging of all the information about whole natural foods that I’ve collected during my journey toward good health.