YAY happy happy FriYAY! I hope you all are having a fabulous week and a great weekend planned ahead. I recently just finished reading the book, Breaking Vegan by Jordan Younger. Let me clarify a few things: I personally have never had an eating disorder, I am not vegan and I read the book because I enjoy Jordan’s blog and wanted to get more of an outlook on how her once healthy lifestyle down spiraled.
I don’t even know where to begin. This was an awesome read. Jordan begins by explaining how she first became a vegan and why she made a huge lifestyle change. Jordan starts off how at a young age, I believe around 11 or 12 years old, she wanted to help settle her stomach more by not eating certain types of food beginning with junk. And then it all began. At first, it started out problem free but then Jordan started restricting more and more types of foods from her diet. Listening to other raw vegans, bloggers and so forth obviously did not help her case.
I never realized how some people can become so wrapped up in clean eating and how it could make you sick if you do not do it properly. Just so many things can factor into it like your body needing the proper nutrients on a daily basis…which is obvious but once you get wrapped up in eating just nuts for a meal because you can’t consume anything else..that’s when you realize something is wrong.
Lastly, in no way does Jordan bash the vegan community. She has a lot of respect for everyone’s diet choices whether it is vegan, paleo, vegetarian, etc. Being vegan just did not work out for her. Everyone has different types of bodies that can not digest or handle certain foods the same as the person next to you. Just how someone can be allergic to dairy but you’re not and can eat it all day every day without getting sick. You can’t force your body into doing something if you’re not feeling well from it. You would want to feel great and awesome every day!
One of my favorite parts about reading the BV was how open Jordan was. She was not shy about anything from how her body was reacting to family and friends reactions to so much more. I couldn’t even believe that she went on a family vacation and could barely even enjoy herself since her diet was restricted of dairy, meats, and gluten. If you think about that, you can only imagine how hard that could be if you’re on a cruise.
While I was divulging myself into Jordan’s life, I learned a LOT more about the eating disorder, orthorexia. Some people do not think orthorexia is really anything serious or even a disease but it is real and others are struggling with it. Jordan explains in depth how orthorexia effected her life. Here is a definition:
a medical condition in which the sufferer systematically avoids specific foods in the belief that they are harmful.noun: orthorexia nervosa; plural noun: orthorexia nervosas
After two years of being vegan and realizing that she had a problem, Jordan reached out for help to start to have a regular diet again. Today, she still eats pretty plant based with some meats incorporated into her diet. Jordan is healthy and happy and is blogging away. Which is great because I am totally obsessed with her blog and all of her positive energy she puts out to her readers.
Now to the second half of the book, it’s all about positive vibes and your outlook on life. Jordan talks about her life after changing her diet and how it has changed her body functions, relationships and exercising. I really enjoyed this segment and how she gave out a positive message and how to treat your own body with the respect it deserves. If you’re anything like me, you enjoy trying new recipes and food. WELL GOOD NEWS, there are like 25 recipes included in the book. I’ve already tried a few and they are yummy and easy to make! I really encourage you all to go out and get the book.
If you end up getting a copy, let me know what you think! Here are a couple links to where you can find Breaking Vegan !!