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Q&A: No Longer Vegan and Feeling Guilty | MeghanTV


Diets change. They have to in order to support our health. That is a fact.

The challenge is that the diet we choose can easily become part of our identity, or at least we think it's part of our identity. But it's not, and it doesn't need to be.

Labels are for tin cans and the diet we choose should be supporting our health, at every stage of our life. Being healthy is the only way that we are able to give and receive the very best in all facets of our lives.

I have experienced these challenges personally over the last seven years. I don't eat now like I did when I was healing from Crohn's. I don't eat the same way now as I did two years ago. And I am pretty sure my diet will change a dozen more times over the course of my life. My goal, and what I aim to teach through the work I do is how to make you your very own best health expert, so you can decide for yourself the diet and lifestyle that will best support your optimal health.

There is no greater detriment to this planet than a human being out of balance.

We see this everyday, all around us.

This is especially tricky, and maybe the most difficult subject among communities that identify themselves by the label they give their diet.

The question that prompted today's episode of MeghanTV is incredibly timely, and I am sure many of you will find it freeing, relatable and helpful.

Today's reader question is from a woman who calls herself an "undercover ex-vegan," afraid to share with her family that she has changed the way she eats in an effort to save her health.

In today's important episode I share:

  • Factors to consider when choosing what to eat.
  • A dietary philosophy that works with any diet you choose.
  • The most important way to gauge if your diet is working for you.
  • How to deal with judgement from others.
  • The keys to a universally healthy diet.
  • When all else fails, use THIS line. Works like a charm!

You are not the label you give your diet. via @meghantelpner #UnDiet

What I have seen over the last decade in this field is a major shift. When someone's health begins to suffer, they move away from an old dietary regime only to be publicly ridiculed for it. Shouldn't moving toward health be something we celebrate for each other? Shouldn't we celebrate those we love who recognize that their lifestyle is depleting their health and are willing to do the work to get themselves well again?

Has your diet changed over the years? What prompted the change and what helped your transition?

Please note that we love your feedback, you know we do. But if you choose to make your point of view known with hurtful, aggressive comments, or personal attacks towards someone else for their choices, that's just not okay, and not very helpful.

13 Responses to “Q&A: No Longer Vegan and Feeling Guilty | MeghanTV”

  1. James said…
    I agree and subscribe to letting people eat what they want but to say ‘Our dietary choices are ours alone.’ is misleading. In another post, you talk about the environmental impact of the health foods that we eat and that we need to be aware that our food choices can and do affect the world and others. People that were once vegan and choose to go back to meat on a small scale should not bear a burden but this statement is the easy way out for a lot of people to eat in abundance and at the expense of animals, the environment, and other human beings.
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      It's a delicate balance to make choices that support our health, the health of our families, the health of animals and the health of the planet. I try to educate people about the various issues at play and advise others to eat thoughtfully, yet in the end it's up to each one of us to make our own dietary choices. In the context of this post/video, the emphasis is on the struggle that people have when dealing with judgment or criticism from others about their eating styles, as this is something I'm frequently asked about. My intention here is to give people advice about how to handle those social situations when they feel under attack.

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