Hi folks. Introduce myself, eh?
Well, let's see. I'm in my 40s and just decided on going on a veggie diet the first of the year. No, it wasn't a New Years resolution thing. LOL
I've suffered from IBS all of my life. I've seen a number of doctors over the years, received conflicting advice and many prescriptions, none of which actually helped all that much, and flushed a lot of money down the toilet. I decided to just take matters in my own hands and go for what I see as the causes of the problem.
After tracking my diet and IBS attacks I could see a definate pattern in that dairy products, meat, and fat seemed to be the primary triggers and decided to simply remove those items from my diet.
I am basically now on a vegan diet, but do not call myself a vegan as I have been informed by a few vegans that unless I was doing it for ethical/AR reasons I am not a "good vegan". So I refer to myself as a vegetarian, if the topic of diet even comes up at all. I really dislike labels anyway.
I live totally car-free, and have done so for a year now. I was in a nasty car wreck Dec. 26, 2004 which nearly killed me and left me laid up with a badly shattered pelvis for several months. I started riding a recumbent bicycle as a part of my physical therapy so that I could walk again. I have stuck with that and now ride a recumbent everywhere I go. I like the financial savings of not owning a car, and it's nice to know that I am not contributing to air pollution or oil depletion.
My new dietary habits are a result of a desire born from my car wreck recovery period to reorganize my life and get healthy again. I used to be very active, doing a lot of hiking, camping, whitewater rafting, and other activities that I am no longer able to do because of the injuries. I ride a bike, and do as much as I am physically able, and am now eating healthy in order to help my body heal and recover.
Besides, as I plan to live forever, I may as well have a healthy body.