“Can I just ask why you are [going] vegan?”
To answer the number one question in my life, I decided to create this page to not only answer it, but provide you with my list of resources if you’re interested in looking into my new lifestyle choice.
I am going vegan because I strongly believe that animal products (meat, milk, butter, eggs, etc) are leading factors for many diseases, including diabetes and heart disease, and also shows a high correlation to the cause of cancer. And I don’t want to suffer from any of them, period.
Many people then come back to my response saying that “they’re only living once” or that “everything causes cancer.” My response is then:
- I too am only living once and can reassure you that I’m not eating anything that I don’t enjoy.
- Have you ever seen/loved someone with cancer? Do you wish cancer or a heart attack on anyone, including yourself?
My choice is strictly because of health concerns but I do think that it is important for everyone to fully understand where their food comes from. I know this is a ridiculous example but if you wouldn’t let a child eat lead paint, why would you feed them a breakfast cereal pumped with sugar, additives, dyes and foreign ingredients? Why would you serve them that cereal in milk from a different mammal; a fuel for a calf that needs to grow two-thousand pounds to thrive in its natural environment? Treated milk pumped with hormones and from a cow that didn’t live life in a pasture, happy like the commercials suggest.
The more I’ve read, the more I support my decision to go vegan with the concerns of animal welfare and the negative effects factory farming has on the environment. People make the conscious decision to buy a more efficient vehicle to reduce their carbon footprint, but are unaware of the fact that their dinner is most likely causing global warming at a faster rate. This is me making a conscious effort in every aspect of my life to become aware. From now on, I will buy smarter (no leather, nothing tested on animals) and make an effort to buy second-hand whenever I’m able to.
Yes, I am vegan but will not give up honey. My family has a few hives and I too look forward to being able to care for honeybees in my future.
Oh, and I get my protein from veggies. And yes, I get enough of it. I’m just taking the direct route to the nutrients rather than consuming an animal that has already consumed it, broken it down, and well, shit it out. The more you research, the more you’ll learn about which veggies contain what. I promise you, you don’t need as much protein as the FDA suggests. Who do you think pays for that nutritional pyramid? Ding! Ding! Ding! The meat and dairy industry!
Interested in my opinions? Here are some documentaries that I recommend you watch (all are instant on Netflix):
- Forks over Knives
- Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead
- King Corn: You are what you eat
Here are some books I recommend you read (now that you’re really interested):
- Eating Animals
- The China Study *very scientific, long but informative read
- The Food Revolution *breaks down the China Study
- Diet for a New America
Cookbooks I love:
- Forks over Knives: The Cookbook
- Clean Food: A Seasonal Guide to Eating Close to the Source
This is new lifestyle not only for me to adjust to, but also my family and friends. I grew up in a household eating meat every night, and I loved it. I love meat. I love eggs. Most of all, I am a lover of cheese (as are many of my friends/family). How I’m getting over my love of cheese is simple: I take it day by day. If I crave something particular, I try to find a clean and healthier substitute. One day at a time. Yes, I still crave it and I die for a bite when it’s in front of me, but I have to step back mentally and remind myself why I am vegan. Some people call it willpower, I call it common sense. If I refuse to let people affect my health, why would I let food?
A note for friends and family who do cook for me: please don’t be offended if I don’t eat. If I suspect that something was cooked with an animal product in error or on purpose, I’m going to choose not to eat it. If I don’t have a snack on hand (fresh fruit or nuts), that’s my error. There will be no cheating, especially on holidays.
I am not a professional. I am just trying to make the best decisions for my self. There are healthy vegetarians/vegans and then there are junk food vegans. I am opting for the healthier option but am only human when I order a large fry.
I am open to suggestions, comments and disagreement but please, keep comments respectful. Comments that are disrespectful, rude, untruthful or anonymous may be deleted. Thank you!
And no, the beau is not vegan.