Oh, hi there.
I’ve missed being here. Things were a bit crazy while I was sick during the first trimester, but then I started feeling better and…well, I have to admit I’ve lost my vegan blogging mojo.
I guess a big reason is because I’m not sure I’ll be vegan after this pregnancy (I’m already eating fish and eggs and cheese during pregnancy.)
I’m still devoted to taking care of my family’s health as much as I can. But I’m not sure that total vegan is the right way to do this. And it’s not because it’s hard to do in a non-vegan world, and it’s not because I need more time-saving tips for vegan cooking.
It’s because I’m just not sure anymore that it’s the healthiest choice for us.
A few things have sparked my thinking over the last few months:
1. Pregnancy cravings. The most strange thing that I craved in the first trimester was eggs. I just have never cared for eggs all that much. But I felt so sick, and eggs made me feel better and I think there is something to that. Yes, I think we can “beat” cravings or whatever but I don’t think pregnancy is the time to try to do that. I think pregnancy is a time to listen to your body. (Even when that means packing on the pounds and how awful and uncomfortable that can feel in this thin-standard-beauty-world.)
2. My picky toddler. I have blogged at length about how picky Z is, and before he even started solid foods about our many struggles with his lack of weight gain. Bottom line: the kid loves cheese. LOVES it. He was eating it and asking for more at preschool, and given the amount of fat that toddlers need, and his general refusal to eat a lot of other calorie-dense foods…there is just no way this mama was going to deny him cheese. (I do try to limit it to a few sticks per day, and balance that out with a green smoothie every morning to prevent -ahem- blockage.)
3. This post by one of my favorite vegan bloggers.
4. And this post by another one of my favorite vegan bloggers. Both posts are about health crises that lead the author to question whether a vegan diet is appropriate (and we have had none in our family), but they each come to different conclusions about what to do about it. I think diet is such a personal choice and sooooo many factors come into play when making the best choice for yourself. And yet when I read Sayward’s post, while I admire her convictions so very much, I found that I didn’t share them to that extent.
5. A general feeling of malaise about following any philosophy 100%. I’m becoming more and more “take what I can and leave the rest” about rigid philosophies, in any area of life. Veganism has given me an entirely new outlook on food, and my family’s health, and a glimpse behind the curtain (or out of the matrix) of the American food industry. That perspective is invaluable to me. But I think I can experience a lot of the benefits by taking what works for us (smoothies, juice, seeds, lots of salads) and leaving the rest (having an occasional fish meal or eggs in baking).
By the way I think I am getting cranky in pregnancy, because I’m also feeling this way about attachment parenting and waldorf education. Lovely ideas! But not for me 100%. I’ll take what I love and leave the rest.
Well, maybe cranky is not the right word. It feels more like honing my ability to look inside rather than outside for guidance.
The blog will still be Love & Greens, because really truly that is what it’s all about. But I think if I continue to write my subject matter will probably be all over the place. (But first! A few guest posts to catch up on from the lovely Emma, I know I left you guys hanging with the sauce recipes…)
How have you been?
PS We found out a few weeks ago that baby #2 is a boy! Coming in August
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