This is my secret…
Being a vegan keeps my addiction of overeating in check. I can’t trust myself with eating animal products. And I shouldn’t.
I’ve overeaten my entire life. Before and since becoming a vegan.
As a kid, I got away with it because I had a high metabolism. As a 4th grader, I remember how I would get the Double Whopper combo meal and finish it all. I would eat at buffets, consuming more food that most adults; and I know this because adults would tell me.
In my mind, if I wasn’t overeating, I wasn’t really eating.
As a teen and young adult, I would be the guy who would eat the most pizza or the most fried chicken at gatherings.
My metabolism finally caught up with me full swing by the time I got married, at age 27. That’s when my health problems came in full swing, as well. Even though my metabolism slowed down, my desire to overeat never did.
As you know by now, committing to the vegan lifestyle over 3 years ago has eliminated and kept my former health issues in remission; including eczema (dyshidrosis), constant sinusitis, pet allergies, and sinus pressure.
I’ve realized that one of the many benefits of being a vegan is that, for the most part, I can pretty much each as much as I want of the food I am able to eat.
Now granted, eating oily tater tots and sugary vegan chocolate bars did cause me to gain 7 pounds in the past year while I was “sympathy eating” with my pregnant wife.
But when I stick with my normal regimen of veggies, fruit, grains, beans, nuts, and seeds, I’ve learned that I can get away with “overeating”. Ultimately, I just don’t have to worry about counting calories or portion control.
The reason for this is because by sticking with those 6 food groups, I am eating food solely for nutrition, including my daily allowance of protein and good fats; yet with 0% of my daily allowance of cholesterol.
I overeat simply because it’s fun. I openly admit this.
I’m not overeating because of some traumatic event in my life, nor because I feel incomplete in some way. I just simply like eating more food that I need to.
If I ever went back to eating meat, eggs, and dairy, I would go so far the other way with it. I know it. I would be visiting the Wendy’s drive-thru on a daily basis.
Eating food is something I can’t be trusted with. I have no control when it comes to food.
Therefore, I keep myself safe behind the electric fence of veganism.
I am not addicted to alcohol. I have never used drugs.
But when it comes to food, I rely on the strict limitations of veganism in order to keep myself from getting out of control… because I am an addict of overeating.