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Can I Go Vegan in My Recovery?

Can I Go Vegan in My Recovery?

Going vegan can be a hard choice for anyone who is concerned about their own health, much less that of other animals. For people in recovery from addiction, it can be another choice in a list of choices to make about how to go forward in recovery in a healthy way.

Giving In

Sometimes going vegan can be a difficult road because it is about restricting certain foods to the point of excluding yourself from even enjoying food. When in recovery, veganism can be helpful to an extent but your body also needs nutrients to heal. Being vegan while battling a disorder that ravages the body and mind can be less helpful than harmful. An eating disorder, addiction to drugs or alcohol, and other issues can turn veganism into an obsession rather than a way to eat more healthy in recovery. Being vegan may become an excuse to avoid going out to eat or visit with friends or family which can perpetuate isolation.

Can vs Need

Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you need to (or should) do it. Letting go of veganism can open you up to not only a less restrictive diet, but also to a less restrictive lifestyle. It may help you release a large set of food rules that you try to hold onto as a modicum of control over your life. Being in recovery is taking control even when it feels like things are spiralling out of control. Being vegan means finding a way to give up a few things now so you can do what you want to later on. Sometimes, in recovery, you make choices about what to give up, including dietary choices so you can be the healthiest version of yourself.

Food Choices

For some people, it may be fine to continue being vegan in recovery while others may find it hinders recovery and gives new sets of rules to live by. There is no right or wrong answer. This is just something to work on. Work on separating yourself from the eating disorder and examine your personal motives for going vegan and making those choices. A doctor should have the final say in how you conduct your diet to coordinate with your recovery. The last thing you want to do is compromise your recovery due to poor eating habits that impact your health.

Making choices in recovery can feel challenging. It feels like sometimes the choices are less now than they have ever been but it is only for a short period of time early on. You are making choices now that will greatly impact your future going forward so it is likely you will see things improve as you move forward in recovery and begin to feel more empowered to deal with health and dietary issues that arise.

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