Going from a diet of buffalo chicken to vegetarian in the matter of hours was a steep jump, but also completely normal at the same time. You see, before I learned more about balance, I would take intense leaps from one extreme to the other. This kept me from getting bored, but it also kept me from listening to what my body truly needed.
About 9 months after going vegetarian, it was time for a new food challenge – vegan. Even the tiniest bit of dairy was a no-go in my book. Going vegan taught me what it felt like to digest dairy and it got rid of my addiction to it. But it limited me anytime I went out to a friend’s house and caused me to not be as energetic.
About a year after being vegan, I had my first Jyotish reading. Jyotish is hindu astrology. It is thousands of years old and helps us to see that which can not be seen in our lives. It was mind-blowing at how accurate it was, and how much it was able to put into words things that I questioned.
About halfway through it was brought up that I was born with digestive issues. Ah yes, you mean the surgery I had when I was ten months old, how did you know? It was followed by the question
“do you crave sweets? ”
“All the time. “I said embarrassingly
I knew my Jyotish reading was going to help me in things like career and life, but I did not know that it would open my eyes to listen to what type of food my body really needed. When the conclusion came that my body needs more protein than most, I slowly began thinking about changing my diet. Over a few months, I eased my way back into eggs and chicken and allowed my body to tell me what it needed. Although I still have mostly a vegetarian diet, it’s nice to not have any limitations and the added bonus of higher energy.
Since then, I’ve created my own set of guidelines that I’ve grown to love