A food loving vegan feminist does the vegan folly for more than 3 years. She writes her most heart felt admission that hey, veganism was killing her. Her emotional prose showed how difficult it was for her to admit that veganism didn’t work for her and that continuing on with the vegan dogma may eventually kill her. So she reluctantly and later accepted eating meat was essential for her survival and her vibrant health.
Yes she did it. Tasha got her health back. On a cooked omnivore diet. Which goes to show, it is better to have cooked meat than no meat at all.
Some of you may remember me as ‘The Voracious Vegan’. Unfortunately 3.5 years as a vegan left me with a myriad of deficiencies and health problems, and I learned the hard way that not everyone can thrive on a exclusively vegan diet. After many agonizing months spent trying everything I could think of and going from doctor to doctor, I was forced to give up my vegan diet. Reverting back to my omnivorous ways rapidly restored my health and I’m now fully healed and better than ever. (To read more about my vegan journey click here.)
Many of you know that I have recently been struggling for the first time in my life with health problems. When I discovered that my problems were a direct result of my vegan diet I was devastated. 2 months ago, after learning the hard way that not everyone is capable of maintaining their health as a vegan, I made one of the most difficult decisions of my life and gave up veganism and returned to eating an omnivorous diet. My health immediately returned. This experience has been humbling, eye-opening, and profoundly transformative. To hear the whole story just keep reading…
As expected, she got the ire of the nasty, aggressive, fundamentalist vegans. Of course she did not realize that during her vegan time, she may have been as fundamentalist as her vegan cohort. Now she realizes what monsters vegans can be when one admits the vegan fantasy just doesn’t work:
UPDATE: Thank you all for your comments, I never expected this post to get so much attention. However, I do not have the time nor the desire to continue moderating comments. Some of you have been amazingly supportive and have shared many thought provoking ideas, and I really appreciate that. Unfortunately, others have made threats against me and my family and that I cannot tolerate. So, thank you all very much for reading my post but I am going to be turning off the comments. I hope you can understand.
Tasha then continues to answer her detractors:
Wowee. Opening that can of worms was exciting, wasn’t it? I’m still a bit shell shocked to be honest. Lots and lots of questions were asked, points raised, opinions aired… Lots of you had lots to say. Never before have so many people converged in one place to tell me all about…me. My blog crashed the server several times, I had tens of thousands of people visit my blog in 48 hours, hundreds and hundreds of comments were written, and almost that many personal emails and tweets. Wow.
Unfortunately, I also had a handful of people make violent threats against me and my family, among many, many other obscene and vile things, so I was forced to shut down the commenting on this and the original post.
However, there are so many of you that are AMAZING. Thank you all so much for having so much passion and for taking the time to write your comments and emails. I wish I had time to thank you each individually for your outpouring of support. Your emails, comments, messages, and phone calls all lifted me up so much. How did I ever get so lucky to know so many amazing people? Thank you!
Today I thought I’d do a bit of housekeeping and try to answer some of the lingering questions that many of you had, at least the ones that seemed to come up frequently. Here we go again…
A note about this little personal circus going on with Tasha:
– Her veganism style was about not eating animals
– Her veganism included cooked vegetables
– She was not raw vegan
– When she added meat, it was not raw meat, it was cooked meat.
Just pointing out that this website, this author supports an ideal called a raw paleolithic diet. Raw omnivore. The highest quality raw animal foods, raw vegetables, raw fruit. Of course some people may be adapted to eating newer kinds of food, but that does not mean they are no longer nourished ideally by a raw paleolithic diet.