Vegan, Day One

Desperation—muscle spasms, joint aches, a persistent rash on my left hip—has led me to my latest attempt to cure fibromyalgia. The last reasonable solution I haven’t attempted is veganism, and as of today, I’m giving it a chance.

I was a vegetarian for much of high school and college, although not a particularly healthy one. My meal choices centered around cheese pizza, tater tots, soda, and ice cream. Not eating meat isn’t a huge leap for me, but veganism is. I’ve been on a mostly organic-based diet for years, but that includes organic cheese, free-range meat, and even organic ice cream. I cut out refined sugar for five months and saw minimal results, but I’m hoping that going with a strict vegan diet will finally kick fibromyalgia out of my life.

This morning, I had our local co-op’s version of energy bars for breakfast. They’re fig-based squares with cocoa powder, goji berries, sunflower seeds, and sesame seeds. I’ve eaten them for years before a long run, so this day so far hasn’t been much of a foray into veganism. I have a feeling that it won’t be for three or four days that I really notice how closely I have to watch my food choices to stick to the vegan way of life.

Pain can make a person crazy. Fibromyalgia combines pain with a special kind of erratic yet constant crazy. If almond milk, fig paste, and Brussels sprouts can fix this hell, then I’ll raise a glass of kombucha to the vegan cure.

4 Replies to “Vegan, Day One”

  1. Hey, I am most interested in this. I went to have my bloods done today and the nurse said how are you? So I told her!! She then told me about many people who are having success with a vegan diet, so I will be watching your progress with interest. Are you going to start slowly or go head on into it?

    1. I’m going right into veganism, although I had 3 pieces of celebratory/goodbye pizza the night before the big change. I’ll definitely post updates. Day 2, and I’ve been really wanting cheese, especially while riding my bike. I never ate cheese while riding my bike, so I have no idea where that caving is from– probably just general wanting what I can’t have. A doc dug around in my left knee with a needle earlier this week, and I’m really hoping to end the cycle of doctor visits by going vegan. Thank you so much for reading and commenting. 🙂

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