Today we bring you a guest post by Danielle Felip, from Body By Nature. This post is part of the Nutrition and Intuition Blog Event.
Hello! My name is Dani and I am a Holistic Nutrition student studying at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition and I write a personal website, Body By Nature.
For four years, I have followed a vegan diet, on and off but mostly “on.” For the last 3 years I noticed that around the beginning of winter I get a craving for eggs and some dairy. The past two years I gave into these cravings with guilt and shame. I felt like I was letting myself and the vegan community down. I felt like I wasn’t good enough and dedicated enough. I felt bad about my food choices. I would give in and come Spring return to vegan eats telling myself it wouldn’t happen again.
So this year, in November when the craving struck, I chose to silence my inner critic and embrace my intuition. I gave myself a much needed pep talk. I asked myself why I was craving these foods and would it make or break me if I ate free range, organic eggs or greek yogurt? Would that change who I was as a person? Would in corporating some animal products in my diet make me feel better? And if they did, would I be ok with it? I listened and trusted my intuition, that inner voice that I was trying so hard to supress and yet always remains so strong.
I went out and bought myself a dozen organic, free-run eggs from a local farm and made myself two hard-boiled eggs. I ate and enjoyed them. My inner voice was telling me I was doing the right thing by giving my body what it needs. Soon I incorporated kefir and goat cheese into my diet and I have felt better than I have in months. I have more energy, I am sleeping better, my skin has cleared up and most important I no longer feel guilt or shame.
This isn’t to say that a vegan diet is not a healthy one. It is and I know plenty of people who can attest to this. But for me, it was a diet that I did not thrive on all the time and it truly took embracing my intuition to tell me so. The change in my diet was received as mostly positive from the people in my life although there were some who were not but I choose to not let it get to me. As a Holistic Nutritionist I do not believe there is a diet that is perfect all the time. The body is ever changing and has different needs. I am now happily plant-based, eating mostly plants with eggs or goat dairy thrown in. Most importantly I learned to trust what my body was telling me and embrace my intuition.
Red Quinoa with Spinach, Apple, Cranberries, Walnuts and Goat Cheese
1/2 cup red quinoa, cooked according to directions 1/2 apple, chopped (I used a delicious Honeycrisp) 1/4 cranberries (fresh not dried, sure they’re tart, but cranberries are supposed to be) 1/2 cup spinach, chiffonade 2 tbsp walnuts, chopped goat cheese (I used about 1/4” round and chopped it into cubes)
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 tsp raw honey salt and pepper to taste pinch of cumin
1. Assemble all ingredients into bowl and mix.
2. In separate bowl, combine dressing ingredients and whisk. Add dressing to quinoa mixture, mix again.
3. Divide and serve.