Why did I go Vegan?

I woke up one day, sat down to drink my coffee, and watch a documentary (my favorite thing to watch). I decided to click on “Forks Over Knives” and give it a try.

What’s the difference between plant-based and vegan?

Plant-based is describing a diet that consists of no animal products including eggs, dairy, meat, and honey. Vegan is a life-style which consists of a plant-based diet as well as excluding animal products from your life including leather, wool, and products tested on animals.

So what’s the big deal?

I was sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. The more I looked into a plant-based diet, the more I realized that the food I was eating was what was making me feel sick all the time. I hated how I felt and needed to change something.

Fast food is one of the most accessible foods around no matter where you are in the developed world. So many people are dying of preventable disease and everyone knows it’s a problem, but no one wants to actually change because it isn’t the norm. There is a stigma around veganism, especially since most people look at it as a middle or upper class thing, but is it really?

Many of the foods that vegan’s eat are actually the least expensive things that you can buy. Grains, legumes, beans, tofu, and a lot of veggies. When people think of a plant-based diet as expensive, they are misinformed because they are looking at all of the meat alternatives which are really not needed.

Before I went vegan, I had a stroke, I was overweight, pre-diabetic, I had high blood pressure, and my depression was out of control. Now, almost 4 years later, I am only slightly overweight ( I lost 57 pounds) which also lowered my chances for diabetes as well as lowered my blood pressure. My chances of having another stroke went from 80% to about 2%. I am too young to be worrying about what might kill me. Most of the funerals that I have gone to have not been from people that died of old age, they have been from disease related things such as stroke, heart attack, heart disease, and cancer. We have the power to change it, but most people don’t have the knowledge, will-power, or just don’t care enough to change.

Besides myself, why did I change?

Long story short? Evolution. So many people go without one or more meals per day, most of those are the elderly in our communities. Why is it okay for us to give our food that we are growing, to an animal, which we are going to kill anyway? The most common sense thing that we can do is to give that food to the people that are hungry now. Why should we wait 2-3 years for an animal to be old enough to be killed to get that food? Just eat the stuff we grow. Each pound of ground beef that is eaten uses about 1,200 gallons of water that can go to people. Many people around the planet don’t have access to that fresh water and we are just giving it away to animals that we are breeding into existence. After knowing all that I know now, I’ll never go back. If you are what you eat, I don’t want to be eating rotting violence. There is no humane way to kill anyone and anything that doesn’t want to die and there is nothing you can actually say to change that fact.

As far as environmental, if you care about anything for the future, factory farming (the meat you buy from your grocery store), it causes more carbon emissions than cars. hmmm…

With all of the technology, the food options, food delivery from grocery stores, and variety, why not change? Give some thought to it.