Vegan MoFo Day 13 - Sick Day
I've been sick most of the week. There seem to be two strongly held opinions about vegans and illness - one being that we are all sickly humans moments from death and the other being that veganism will protect us from any illness. Neither is true.
Vegans can be strong athletes. Some of them hold records for lifting or endurance racing. Some of us just do the occasional hike and call it good enough.
Vegans also get sick. They can even get cancer...and die of said cancer. There is no magic cure all. We do a disservice to the animals when we build up this idea that going vegan makes you invincible. We create self doubt and shame in vegans that get sick or don't get to what society thinks is an ideal weight. Then when they get sick maybe they figure they are doing it wrong and abandon their ideals.
Do I believe that a well balanced heavily non processed vegan diet is best and can even reverse some illness? Certainly! I've seen it happen and read about many instances as well.
But I also go the flu this winter (first time in probably 20 years) and I'm sick right now. This doesn't make me a bad vegan. I'm not sure an extra ounce of kale in my smoothie would have prevented this illness.
Tomorrow's post may or may not happen. I get a couple days ahead and I'm now caught up. I thought I was feeling better (and told a colleague so), but now my temp is back to 101.
Luckily having the flu this winter taught me I needed to be better prepared. I have ginger ale, basic meds, and a stockpile of trail mix. I may make some instant ramen if I get a burst of energy. Or not.
What do you do as a sick vegan? Any go to foods you keep on hand? And how have you seen shaming around illness or weight in the vegan community? How do you deal with it?
|Be vegan. Even if you get sick sometimes.