After living a vegan lifestyle for nearly twenty years, author Lierre Keith nearly destroyed her health. Her body’s basic structure was caving in slowly, she was cold nine months out of the year, and she couldn’t produce a baby if the future of the species depended on it. “Pain was the inhabitant of my body, and I was only the shadow it cast,” she said.
Ultimately, she had to abandon her veganism. She had been convinced that the vegetarian ethic would save her health, the hungry, and the world. Yet this virtuous diet left her chronically exhausted, depressed, and sick. Her ideology had blinded her.
Now she’s regained her health by adjusting her diet to include sustainably raised animal products, avoiding processed newfangled foods, and adopting a much more paleolithic or primal diet.
You absolutely MUST listen to her recent interview on the Our Natural Life podcast. In it, she reads the passage from her book documenting her conversion from veganism. It gave me goosebumps! As the interview progresses, she touches on a number of interesting subjects like what’s wrong with our industrial food supply and what’s right, compassionate, just, and nutritionally valuable about its more sustainable alternatives. But perhaps the BEST part of the podcast was simply her story.
Whether she was talking about how her vegan diet harmed her (particularly in relation to having a crushing depression and chronic mental health problems), or sharing practical advice about how to re-introduce meats into your diet, I loved what she had to say.
She also has a great, long rant about the evils of soy! If you eat soy anything, you can’t afford to miss this.