Instant Karma, or Why I'll be Vegan for Life
Posted Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 4:24 PM
Hey everyone -
Hope your vegan adventure is going well.
When I started the kickstart at the beginning of the year, one of my goals was to see a visible reduction in the swollen salivary glands on my face, in front of my ears. I looked like an orangutan to me. After only 8 days eating low-fat vegan I felt the back corner jawbones again for the first time in YEARS and my face was indeed visibly far less swollen. I was shocked it could happen so soon, and EVERYONE noticed.
I'm not sure of the mechanism that made that happen, but after reading up it's possible a leaky gut situation was remedied by such a low-fat diet and the animal proteins that had been escaping into my bloodstream and causing (several) auto-immune reactions were now absent. Or maybe considering my food as medicine and giving it the wonderful whole foods without the fat coating up my guts so I could actually absorb the nutrition helped shrink my glands. Probably a little of both!
I've been enjoying the food and the health since the new year. I'm really feeling great! We went out to dinner on Thursday where I unapologetically had a "treat" of green bean "fries" (yes, perfectly good green beans, battered and deep fried…) dipped in wasabi mayo, and a few bites of other cheesy "goodies" and I'll give you three guesses what happened to my face. No, I didn't grow a beard - interesting guess, tho! Yes, the glands in my face became swollen up just like they were on December 31 of last year.
HA! That will teach me to indulge PMS… LOL - Experiment tried, and FAILED! Actually I feel kind of thankful the reaction was so quick - no mistaking what happened. Another benefit, my husband FINALLY GETS IT. No more "can't you just have a bite?" BTW, I tell him I can have anything I want, I choose not to.
I just wanted to share that story. I know for a fact that FOR ME, I've never felt better or had more energy eating this way, and if I needed any proof that certain foods are unneccessary and harmful to my body, I got it and right swiftly! It's been 2 days since that one meal, and my glands are on the way down again.
Happy trails and kale chips!