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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. Kika says:

    After 23 years of a vegan then Vegetarian diet, I began eating sime meat two months ago. I am just 42 but have already had a total hip replacement and had recently begun having pain in my non-surgical hip. Also, I felt like my body was screaming at me for more protein. I gave myself three months to see if grassfed beef gelatin and homemade chicken bone broth would help my joints. Family and friends were so shocked but also proud of me for making a change like that for health’s sake.

  2. Deb Young says:

    I have been following your whole food idea for a couple of years and to me it makes sense, as I say this it is still changing as well. New things to try and add let go of some of the old favourites. Sometimes it is a struggle on both sides, but well worth it. I am the only one in my circle of friends and family that eats this way so it does pose some issues and comments are made, some kind, some not so kind but I know what is best for me and that is what matters. Thanks for the ongoing learning and changes. Staying the same is not an option.

  3. Danielle says:

    Loved this video!! Such a great message. Adding local pastured meat to my diet was the best thing I ever did for my health. It was a bit awkward explaining to family and friends but they got over it, as did I.

  4. Sarah says:

    This is the best post in the history of !

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  6. ShannonC says:

    LOVE this video! Thank you Jill for the question and to Meghan for the video. I changed the way I ate just before the summer after I found out it wasn’t serving my health. It was a hard decision to swallow, but when I saw my blood tests results and heard what my clinical nutritionist had to say, I knew I had to try. It’s been a journey and the idea “labels are for tins cans” definitely helped me. Thankfully, most the people in my life were understanding…though it’s taken time for them to remember I have changed. All the best Jill!

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  9. Anne says:

    After being a lacto-ovo vegetarian from age 20 to age 42, I had to make some major changes. Because of early menopause symptoms and sudden skin rashes, I consulted a naturopath and started a year of being gluten-free and vegan. After this year my major symptoms subsided and I felt so much better. I was able to re-start many physical activities that I had left behind and started running again. What I realized is that the diet that healed me wasn’t going to sustain me as a mid-life athlete and that I couldn’t go back to eating dairy and wheat. I made the decision to begin eating meat. It was very hard to let go of the vegetarian identity that I had forged, with little support, in my early 20’s. The bottom line, though, was my health and eating meat was the best way to nourish my body at the time. I’m now about to celebrate my 50th birthday and continue to adjust my diet as needed. Thanks for this great blog post.

  10. Rissa says:

    I love the video, its so helpful and the 4 tips are making an impact to me. Being aware to what I need and what other people might think of me. Thank you for sharing.

  11. James says:

    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 says:

      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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