Day 170: Tough Choices

*note: this was posted on April Fools Day- it turned into a kind of War of the Worlds reaction, so I thought I should add this note.

Well friends and readers, 170 days was a great run.  When I first started this experiment, I never thought I’d make it past 2 weeks much less 25.  Being vegan and living plant strong seemed like the hardest thing in the world to do.  However, with the support of good people like you I was always able to find the will to dig down deep and keep avoiding the animal products.  After a while, I found that the herbivore lifestyle was one of diversity and choices.

I am proud of this accomplishment and honored to have met so many great people, which is why making this announcement is such a difficult thing to do.  I’m especially concerned about upsetting my sister, who has been very involved in my “transformation.”  However much I might like to curl up and hide from the truth right now, I believe honesty is the best policy.

Today I am transitioning back to Atkins dieting so I can lose weight faster and reach optimum health sooner.  I did not come by this decision lightly.  I’ve spent a lot of time weighing the pros and cons, and this is the better choice for me.  I will feel bad that animals have to die to feed me, but I am willing to deal with this for a year or two while I lose more weight.  Maybe when I am done I can cut back on the meat again.

I visited my old doctor in Gainesville, and he said that my protein and B-12 levels were too low and that if I didn’t start drinking milk again, my bones would break.  I know a lot of you told me that this kind of thing can’t happen on a proper vegan diet, but I’ve known my doctor for almost five years and I trust him.

I was worried about my blood pressure going back up and my gout returning if I started Atkins again.  We also talked about my recurring bowel infections I used to deal with.  He said that all these problems have solutions provided by modern science, which put my mind at easy.

I have learned a lot about compassion for animals during my 170 day vegan run.  It wont be easy for me to chow down on animal protein again.  I feel bad for most of the mammals.  I am not saying that I wont eat beef or pork, but I will be eating mostly chicken, fish, eggs and dairy. I will try to keep my beef and pork intake to less than 25% of the total meat consumed.

I hope that you will understand that I had to do what I thought was best for my myself, and in this case, with bathing suit weather around the corner, animals are going to have to die.  Happy April Fools Day.

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About jasongillett

I'm Jason Gillett, 2 year VEGAN, and a 41 year old family man. My wife & I teach in a FL school. I am using a blog to chronicle our family's new life. https://howilost150pounds.wordpress.com/ View all posts by jasongillett

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