Is it possible to be a soy-free and wheat-free vegan? I mean, yes, I know it's possible, anything is, right?, but is it logistically possible? Will I turn in to the asshole version of myself that can't eat anything, anywhere, and have to ask eight million questions about every single menu and meal away from home?
When I went to school at natural health university it seemed like everyone had their food issues. Seriously. Couldn't eat meat, dairy, soy, gluten, corn, nuts, anything artificial, it was really annoying. Every meal turned in to a conversation of food allergies, sensitivities or preferences. I was a nutrition major and still, all of this talk bored me to tears. I was a vegetarian at the time but it felt pretty insignificant compared to what most of the people around me avoided, and obsessed about, on a daily basis.
So here I am, continuing to explore the idea that I would become one of them. *shudder*
The first major worries I have are, how difficult would it be to follow this kind of diet for any length of time? Would I have to cook every single meal I ate at home, from scratch, separate from my family's meals? How about nutrition? Would I prepare nutritionally sound meals for myself leaving out so many kinds of ingredients? I am not saying you can't, rather that, when I'm lazy will I?
The secondary worry is more about letting my dietary choices turn me in to "that person". The person no one wants to ever eat around because of the fear that I'll start spouting off at the mouth about, well, what I put in to my mouth.
I do think that I could lean more towards being a conscientious meat and dairy eater. Only eating things that are at least reasonably ethically produced. This is a very slippery slope, however. When you only eat some sorts of meat, it's much easier to move in to eating any kind of meat. At least for me. I tend to be an all or nothing type of gal when it comes to this stuff.
Likely what I need to make are baby steps. Start cutting out certain kinds of meat, like beef and pork. Start cutting out certain dairy like cheese and milk. I did it once, for my elimination diet, I don't think it would be too hard to do again. It would just mean maintaining it for a much, much longer period of time and not just 28 days.
Since I currently eat no soy or wheat, that is a no-brainer. I know 100% for sure wheat and I don't work well together. I am still exploring the soy piece. Of course, having watched Food Inc last night, I am now accutely aware of how prevalent GMO soy is in our foods. According to the movie, 90% of soy is from GMO seeds. It does appear that you can buy foods made without GMO soy, so that's something to look in to. And please, don't even mention to me about GMO corn. I can't even wrap my head around that right now. Of course, NOW I'm thinking about it.
I'm getting worn out just writing this down. Most days it feels like too much to even think about.