#63: Why I'm No Longer Vegan, Heather Pace, 13-Years Vegan Now a Meat-Eater

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Oct 24 2019 44 mins   1
#63: Why I'm No Longer Vegan with Heather Pace

Short Summary & Bio:
Heather is on the show today to share her story about being vegan since the age of 14, including 3 years raw vegan; and after many debilitating health problems she agreed to add meat and animal products back into her diet to help save her life. She is still a meat-eater 9 years later, and wants to get the word out about listening to your body instead of dogma in the dieting industry.

Heather Pace is a classically trained chef specializing in plant-based cuisine. She’s the author of Sweetly Raw Desserts cookbook, has written 9 recipe e-books, and is the blogger behind Sweetly Raw.

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Points of Discussion:
- Heather became a vegan at 14 years old
- Became Orthorexic or obsessed with a perfect diet
- Quickly experienced negative symptoms, underweight, always cold, weak, brain fog
- At 16 she discovered Raw Vegan
- heather emphasizes how counterintuitive it is to eat raw food in a cold climate
- She found herself binging on raw foods because her body was signaling her that it needed more
- Heather attended traditional culinary school as a vegan
- Started as a vegan blogger in her early 20’s
- Went 3 years raw vegan and her symptoms increased
- serious depression, terrible sleep, poor digestion and stomach pains, daily headaches, skin breakouts, weak, suicidal
- Family friend, a homeopathic doctor, approached Heather out of concern for her health
- blood tests showed low thyroid hormones, B12 and Iron deficiency
- Heather started the healing protocol which included eating red meat twice a day, in a cast-iron pan for the iron
- Heather explains the internal conflict she faced realizing she needed to eat meat now, but was also a vegan blogger and vegan chef
- She explains how she became vegan seeking optimal health, not for ethical reasons
- In the raw food community, if you’re having an health problems they say you’re “not clean enough”; this is hugely problematic
- Heather explains her history using laxatives, enemas, and colonics to treat constipation
- As soon as she started eating meat and seafood, she felt immediately better, and even her depression eventually lifted
- Her doctor had her on a low-stimulant diet, removing foods that were too stimulating for the immune system
- Myth: your body will forget how to digest meat after you avoid it for so long
- Heather believes we are meant to eat meat and animal products and less raw food in relation to cooked food
- It’s been 9 years since she started eating animal foods again and this is her life now
- Heather warns about falling back to vegan tendencies
- She explains what it was like to confess to the vegan community
- Raw & Vegan desserts are typically loved by all whole food dieting communities, even Paleo
- Heather emphasizes the importance of soaked and sprouted nuts, seeds, and grains
- minimizes toxins
- enhances digestibility
- Starting at such a young and impressionable age like 14, diet obsession is almost expected but unfortunate.
- Heather now realizes she can’t do too many nuts or raw foods because they can cause stomach pain, bloating, gas
- Supplementing with iron pills commonly causes constipation
- Heather says grass-fed grass-finished meat and eggs are smart food choices even for plant-based dieters
- Marisa and Heather emphasize the importance of enjoing your diet and learning to be flexible while listening to your body

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