I’m a Vegan. And yes that capitalization is intentional. I am incredibly passionate about how I choose to eat.
Some people think of being a Vegan as deprivation. Taking AWAY meat and dairy from your diet. But they forget about the abundance of whole grains, beans, root vegetables, leafy greens, sea vegetables, nuts, seeds, and fruits that I can eat with reckless abandon knowing each of these foods is benefitting my life on a personal and cosmic level.
I am a Vegan. And that doesn’t make me a super hero (although it makes me feel like one). I say it with pride despite being mocked for my lifestyle choices as much as I get catcalled on the street for being a woman. Let that sink in for a moment.
I am a Vegan, but I won’t berate you for your own lifestyle choices. Every body is different, and you need to do what’s right for you. Eating good quality animal products can insulate your body during the cold winter months. It can heat your blood to fuel your fire. If men aren’t feeding their yang energy we’d have a lot of sensitive mandolin players that lack the hot desire to toss the yins of the world around in the bedroom. And who wants to live that way?! Despite the fact I would adore it if everyone could stick it to the FDA and the Food Industry ties to the government that are quite literally draining our pockets and our resources…I know that won’t vibe with everyone, and I won’t shove seitan down your throat (mostly because that means for seitan for me!).
But if you’re intrigued by veganism or thinking about trying out the vegan (or Vegan) lifestyle…here’s the top benefits I have found by making this groovy change.
- Elimination of chemicals and hormones. This is the biggie for me, and the reason I cut out animal products 5 years ago. Nowadays livestock are pumped with drugs that stay with them even after death. When you eat an animal product you are eating every pill they ever took. Every shot. Every serum. And the industries don’t list those in the ingredients. So who knows what you’re really eating! It’s not a coincidence that the rise of the meat industry correlates with the rise of cancer. It gives me peace of mind to know I’m not eating secret antibiotics in my kale salad.
- Easier Digestion. I was vegetarian for 5 years before I went vegan. And like most vegetarians I was told by my peers and doctors that I need to make sure I was getting enough protein. America is crazy about protein and can’t imagine a life where protein can be found in nature (it absolutely is btw). So I got my protein intake through low carb options (because carbs are BAD right? Lol. No. No they are not) like egg whites, greek yogurt, and cheese. And not to go into too much detail…but there were times where I didn’t poop for 3 days. I thought I was seriously ill. I’d get painfully bloated and nothing would help. Now I’m a Vegan and I poop 3 times a day! Those long healthy banana shaped poops too! Which is what we are all supposed to be aiming for in life. More so, By cutting out meat alone you’re greatly reducing your intake of saturated fats. You’ll find your body thanking you for that with the gift of a smaller waistline; despite the fact you’re eating more every day. And keep this in mind. If you abstain from eating meat and dairy for a while and then eat it again you get really sick. But when you don’t eat vegetables for a while and then have some broccoli, you feel cleansed. Jazz on that for a moment.
- Doing your part to save the planet. I will just throw out some facts out for you to consider: The meat and dairy industries are responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire transportation sector. 23% of Global Freshwater is used to grow grain for livestock. If you don’t eat meat and dairy for one year you can save 162,486 gallons of water Industries are cutting down rainforests to make land for live stock. In return people lose their homes, animals are becoming extinct, and we are losing the beautiful benefits of the rainforest. 45% of Global land is occupied by the livestock system. 33% of Global Arable land is dedicated to growing feed for the livestock. Meanwhile billions of people don’t have homes or food to eat. This is just the quick summary of the negative impact livestock industries have on our planet. Feel free to play around http://www.onegreenplanet.org/, read “The Kind Diet”, or watch “Cowspiracy” (on Netflix!) to investigate more.
- Overall Health. It’s not that vegans never get sick, but my bounce back time is quicker than my meat eating friends. I thought I had strep throat one night, the next day I ate a lot of goji berries and leafy greens, and the following day I felt back to 100%. In comparison to my meat and dairy eating counterparts who sometimes take weeks to get over a cold, or get those continuous winter sniffles. As a Vegan I have more energy than I ever did eating animal products. I feel nutrients coursing through my veins keeping my mind sharp and my muscles strong. My skin is smooth and glowing. I don’t even need to use hair products anymore because it’s so strong and healthy! As an added bonus, it’s proven that Vegans are less likely to get Cardiovascular disease, Type 2 Diabetes, and Osteoporosis. Vegans have overall lower cholesterol and blood sugar. It’s been seen again and again that a Vegan diet can prevent and reverse cancer. And this is just the top of the list!
- Living a Cruelty Free Life. I relish the fact that nothing had to die for me to eat it. Nothing had to suffer a miserable life. A plant is not filled with fear when you harvest it. By being a Vegan I do not take an animal’s fear or miserable energy into my body, and I find myself more courageous and joyful because of it. I am also actively fighting against the industries that torture these animals, and saying “I do not condone this poor treatment”. I can’t look at a bowl of ice cream without thinking about the innocent cow that was pulled by angry hands and poked by sharp needles every day to make that sought after dessert. By being a Vegan my compassion for every living thing has grown, and I find myself more open to helping others live their best life. I am an envoy of kindness and my plate reflects it.
Every Body is different. When you listen to your body, you know what it needs. I spent years as a Wendy’s cheeseburger addict before I heard the little voice that said “you don’t want to eat meat anymore”, and I spent years as a vegetarian before it spoke up again to say “dairy is not making you happy”. Your little voice might say something different, or maybe you’re ignoring it for now. But if you’re considering making the Vegan choice, go at it with pride. It has been the most positive life style change I’ve ever made in my life, and I hope that everyone has an experience that makes them feel as comforted and excited as I am about Veganism. Feel free to contact me with any further questions about the Vegan (or even vegan) way of life! I’d be honored to be your Vegan Guide.