When You Believe…




a punctuation mark (;) indicating a pause, typically between two main clauses, that is more pronounced than that indicated by a comma.

Every tattoo on my body has some personal meaning to it. This is a marking that, unless I have it covered, I will bear for the rest of my life as a message to the world as to what I am about or was going through at the time. This is my newest addition.

As an mental health advocate and survivor of suicidal thoughts and depression I chose the word believe with a semicolon replacing the letter ‘i’.

This tattoo encourages me to bel;eve that things will be better and that this is not the end of my journey.

It’s one thing to just say aloud or to myself that even though times are hard that they will be better and things will be okay. It’s a total difference when you actually bel;eve that things will be better or different.

The bel;ef in a better way is what makes it happen. When you truly bel;eve that you will be okay, you will be. You have to bel;eve.

What The Health Are Y’all Doing? 

Okay so I’m sure by now you’ve seen or heard about the documentary on Netflix called What The Health. This is another health documentary in the same vein as others like Supersize me and Food Inc. Similar information as well. Nothing new under the sun.

Anyway this documentary has sparked a new craze of people going vegan. Cool. Whatever. I’ve been a vegetarian/pescatarian for about a solid 3 years and I love it. I could possibly go vegan but I love honey. Yeah, honey. See honey is a byproduct of bees and a bee is considered an animal. In order to be vegan you can’t eat any meat or any meat byproducts. When my friend told me about the honey I knew right then and there that I was not down with that vegan life. Nope. Not for me.

Getting back to the film. I didn’t really like it. Take that back, I really didn’t like the documentarian. Documenter? Documentarian? Anyway, the guy that was doing the documentary. He seemed to be kind of douchè-ish. Plus his name was Kip. I mean he spent the first half, pretty much, of this thing calling the different associations like American diabetes, cancer and Susan G komen and asking all these high level questions to low level employees. Why would you call and ask the first customer service rep you get on the line questions like why they have certain things on their website and/or are promoting things that you feel are opposite of what they should stand for? You should be asking marketing not the lowest rung on the totem pole. I’ve worked customer service before and gotten calls from douchè-ish people like this and I tend to either transfer them to the corporate headquarters help line or just hang up. They have no clue as to why you think beef causes diabetes but there are beef recipes on the website, Kip! Did I mention his name is Kip?

So if you haven’t seen it yet when you do watch it fast forward about an hour. The real gem in this, if you can make it past Kip’s douchè-ish (yes, I am trying to make that a word) attitude, is when they talk about the health benefits of a plant based diet. They break down many of the myths around food in general as well as show a few ‘real’ cases of people that had miraculous turn arounds with their health by switching to a plant based diet. I put real in quotations because we don’t know if these people really had problems before and changed or if it was just an act. Not saying Kip is a liar but you can only trust someone named Kip only so much.

Now, switching from a mainly meat to plant based diet should not be an overnight thing like some people are trying or claiming to do.  As with any transition, it is most effective when done over a period of time. While some people have said they have been able to quit things cold turkey with no looking back this is not the case for the majority. Slowly cutting things out of your diet is a better and healthier approach than to just stop altogether. That’s just my opinion so take it as you may.

I just want you to be happy and healthy. I also want you to do your research before you just dive into being vegan or any change in your diet. There are several things said in this film that aren’t necessarily true. I mean it seemed like he made some pretty outlandish claims in an attempt to scare you into being vegan. Do your Googles! Research for yourself and don’t go by another person’s opinion of what’s good or bad for you. When it comes to health what’s good for the goose is not always good for the gander. Again and I can’t say this enough, do your research and consult with a doctor or nutritionist or a dietician. Someone that can not only advise you but also help you transition your lifestyle.

Yes, I said lifestyle. This is a lifestyle change not just a diet. If you haven’t noticed there aren’t too many, if any vegan or vegetarian fast food spots. That means meal prepping and/or knowing what and when you plan to eat ahead of time. No more ‘oh I’ll just run out and grab a bite to eat’ life for you. It sucks but this is the life you chose or rather the one Kip chose for you…

I’m one of those people that eats to live instead of living to eat. While I love food and experiencing different stuff I also don’t eat food or things just because it’s there. I use food as fuel and not as some sort of guilty pleasure. I used to do that but over time I had to evolve past that. Thanks, Type 1 diabetes and Ciliac disease…

I say all of that to say this. If you see this film and it makes you want to eat healthier or even become vegan then good for you but always always always do your research beforehand to make sure it’s the right decision for you. That’s with anything really though. If you see this and decide to keep living the way you are then that’s cool too. Like I said earlier what’s good for the goose is not necessarily good for the gander. Weigh your options and as always do what is best for you.