Vegan, Vegetarian, Eat-It-All?

Today I’ll reveal you something about my personal eating history. I have gone through several different phases but have reached a happy goal at the end. I’m lucky to have grown up with a very healthy kind of nutrition at home. Mum always cooked for us and we had a good mixture of potatoes, pasta or rice, meat and vegetables and daily salad or raw veggies and food. Even though I never thought about if my nutrition is well-balanced enough (well, who did?), it was automatically really good. Thanks mum!

When I was fifteen, I turned vegetarian. I had seen the rainforests and oceans on our travels and wanted to protect the environment by contributing to reducing the CO2 emission by not eating meat anymore. At the same time I took three years of fights with my mum on me because I even picked out the ham out of her pea soup – my parents really weren’t that supportive back then. But looking at my health, it all went quite well for a while – until my nails started breaking, the corners of my mouth split open and whole tufts of my hair fell out. The medical diagnosis – malnutrition. I know that some people will now say that you can be vegetarian without deficiency symptoms, but despite a good mixture of veggie food and vitamin pills my problems only ended when I started a more balanced diet again at the age of 18.

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At 21 I started Instagram and that is where I learned a lot about veganism. By then I had forgotten all the health problems I had back then and went vegan. This time I changed one little aspect though. If I was invited to eat out or at a friend’s place, I still ate everything, just to not make it too hard for the host. Apart from that I didn’t have meat, fish, eggs or dairy products anymore. I was also quite strict about sugar. I knew how good it would be for the environment and I felt so good with this diet too. I felt so healthy. Until my hair dresser told me to go to see a doctor as soon as possible and have my blood checked, because there was an entire tuft of hair missing at the back of my head.

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After that I kind of automatically slipped into a perfect balance and today I’m extremely happy with it. I live on my own and at home I live a plant-based diet. It goes well with my values, it’s good for the environment and apart from that meat is just really expensive too, so it’s good that I don’t need it. But when I cook with my friends, eat out in a restaurant or am invited for dinner, I am an omnivore (“eat-it-all”). That’s how I make my life and the life of others much easier. And since I’ve been so relaxed about these issues, I’ve been much more relaxed with food altogether! All my (negative) thoughts are gone! Since I haven’t had a bad feeling about animal products anymore, I haven’t felt guilty about sugar either. At home I cook quite healthily, but I have sweets too. At the restaurant I enjoy my food, no matter if it’s healthy or not. Actually, I always enjoy my food. I eat healthily to be able to I eat more. And I tell you, I eat a lot! Since I have felt this balance, I feel really good. And I guess this easy kind of eating is they one I will stick with.


Photos by Stefan Lindauer

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6 Comments

  1. 31/08/2016 / 12:14

    Thank you for this article! I am also (finally) learning that moderation is key to health, but also happiness :)

  2. Kathy
    03/07/2016 / 20:42

    You are an amazing inspiration. This is so good. Good for the environment but good for the people around you too. But do you think you get enough protein for your sports? Do you eat many beans? Please let us know!

  3. Bernarda
    03/07/2016 / 15:40

    Oh I’m sad that you had so many problems with malnutrition. I know we all need to suplement b12 no matter what you are eating. I’m vegan for over a year now and I can tell my hair is growing healthy again. But I had some other problems growing up. If you feel good that’s great for you. But I’m an ethical vegan so if something on my blood test will ever be bad I’ll do everything just to stay vegan 😊🙏I’m just happy because every choice I make is not hurting anyone 😊and my parents aren’t 100%supportive but they’ll get used to it!

  4. Chloe Roome
    03/07/2016 / 02:00

    Hi Lottie! I was vegetarian with no issues but became underweight and malnourished on a vegan diet and I have spent the past year trying to gain some weight back and regrow hair! I mostly live alone because I’m away for uni where I generally avoid dairy, eggs and too much sugar! When I come home I splurge a bit more (trying to be better now as it is nearly holiday time) and I occasionally eat some fish but still avoid meat! I think balance is key!