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VEGAN

Why Vegan?

As a kid, and teenager I ate almost anything, besides red meat. I would stuff my head with all kinds of candies, snacks and sodas. Since I always had a high metabolism, I never had to worry about gaining weight easily, so I didn't think too much about what I put in my body. In 2003, when I was around 18 years old, I got to know the great holistic Doctor; Dr. Sebi. I spent many hours and days hearing him speak about health and foods. Even though he would teach me and advocate about eating vegan, he did not convert me. But in later years, I can say he defiantly sparked something in me, which I live by today. For inspiration, I often watch YouTube videos of people I follow who talk about veganism. Many of these speak highly of Dr. Sebis' teachings, so I feel very blessed to have had the opportunity to sit down and learned from him face to face.

I am now a vegan, which means I don’t participate in any animal exploitation or cruelty. I don’t consume any animal products, and I want to share the benefits through my journey, and show that this is easier than what many claim it to be. I’m not going to go into how healthy it is, but speaking for myself, I can say that I feel better and more energized than I ever have. I have also noticed that it might have made me more humble and maybe a little less spoiled, since I no longer just throw anything in my mouth to satisfy my momentarily ego, and get a endorphine release. Going vegan does require discipline and it is defiantly a big choice; a life choice. I was a vegetarian for 5 years, and before that I ate white meats, mostly chicken and eggs. I went straight vegan early 2016 and my only regret is that I didn't do it sooner.

At one point I was like, ¨Oh I am not going to preach about veganism¨ but then I realized that I wish I knew 10 years ago,  what I know now. So it is more about informing others and bringing awareness. Since this is a big life choice, I choose to share it.

 I realized I had the choice every single day to save 

- over 1,100 gallons of water

-45 lb of grain

-30 sq ft of forested land

-20 lb of Co2

-1 animal life

.. every single day

Veganism if the most powerful tool we have for saving our planet, for ending world hunger, for improving our health when we eat health consciously and for regaining our compassion. For becoming the people we believe ourselves to be,- good people!

We all say we love animals and we say that we are against animal cruelty, but still we pay people to mutilate, torture and slaughter animals. Animals can sense the fear, smell the blood, and they fight to the end. I speak with many vegans and non-vegans all the time, but I have yet to hear one reason that even come close to justifying killing a sentient being to satisfy our taste-buds. These creatures have never harmed us, violated us or taken advantage of us in any way. The least we can do is return the favour.

It is now a fact that a plant-based diet can help prevent and treat most of the diseases people have. Balanced vegan diets are naturally free of: cholesterol, laden and artery-clogging animal products.

Many people will argue that we are meant to eat animals, and point out what we ate back in the ice or stone-ages. I dont think this is a valid argument, since that was a time of survival, and we are no longer cavemen. We have evolved as a human race and we  no longer need to eat animals to survive. We actually benefit in every conceivable way from not eating them.

10 reason to go vegan:

  1. Animals - Save hundreds of animal lives every year.
  2. Health - Vegan diet prevents, treats and reverses heart disease, reduce the risk of cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure.
  3. Environment. - Meat production is a huge contributor to climate change, agricultural runoff, and harmful pollution!
  4. People. - The more people go vegan, the more hungre people can be fed.
  5. Land - The same amount of land produces enough food to feed 20 vegans or 1 meat-eater. 30% of the earths land mass is dedicated to raising animals for food.
  6. Water - Nearly 6+% of all waters used goes to raising animals for food.
  7. Energy - Whole grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables are so high in complex carbohydrates,- they supply the body with plenty of energising fuel.
  8. Beauty - With no animal fat, weight goes down naturally and skin gets cleansed. Vegan diet has a direct effect on the health and appearance on the skin, hair and nails.
  9. Toxic - Nearly 95% of the pesticides residue in the meat-eater typical diet comes from meat, fish and dairy products.
  10. Discovery - Take your eating experience to a new level. Experience new food. Discover new taste. Experiment and enjoy.

Like Gary Yourofsky says; this is a chance for a personal revolution; to leave your mark on the planet, by causing the least  amount of harm possible.

You are the change, you decide what goes inside your body, you decide if you want to continue to have other kill for you and consume death, terror and heartbreak. It is a choice and you decide. 

¨A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food: therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral. If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals. - Leo Tolstoy

¨Hunger is the first element of self-discipline. If you can control what you eat adn drink, you can control everything else¨ - Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah

Being vegan doesn't automatically make you healthy, there are many unhealthy vegans so make sure you know what you are doing.

I understand that going vegan might be harder for some than for others, and it might not be for everyone, in this lifetime.. My agenda is not to convert anyone, but rather bring awareness and these are some of my thoughts.

So If you consider going vegan, I suggest doing you educate yourself and do your own research beforehand.

Make yourself aware and check out these documentaries:

  • Earthling
  • Food Choices
  • What The Health
  • Forks Over Knives
  • Carnage
  • Eating You Alive

Also watch this speech by Gary Yourofsky:

 

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