As most of you know, I’m vegan and have been following a vegan lifestyle for almost a full year. It’s been one of the most rewarding and gratifying experiences in my life so far. I have a huge passion for sharing my meals and recipes with you because although I’ve been vegan for almost ten months, I can actually count on one hand how many times I’ve eaten a salad. We don’t just eat fruits and veggies in the raw, contrary to what the masses may have been told or believe.
I am so excited to share this video and post with you! It’s been in the works for about a month. I filmed for one week, then had to edit it all together and write out this post so let me know if you have any questions in the comments below and I’ll answer them.
So when I finally made the decision to go 100% vegan lifestyle, G was nine months old and showing interest in solid foods now that she finally had some teeth! At this point, I was already not drinking milk and pretty much didn’t eat meat because I hated it my whole pregnancy and always tried to cook veggie-based dishes for G because I felt like it was healthier than animal products. So I already didn’t mind not having meat in my food; it was cheaper! Then I watched two documentaries that sent me over the edge….
Forks Over Knives is the one that really resonated with me. I consider myself a health-conscious person, and after being presented with the possibility that eating animal-based products may increase the likeliness of cancer, I was honestly stunned. In short, the documentary explores how eating a plant-based diet could possibly keep you from getting cancer because you aren’t consuming casein protein – something they’ve found in lab rats that had tumors. They link casein protein with foods like meat, dairy and eggs, and that did it for me. I guess I look at it this way: I am a parent – my number one duty in life is to take care of, protect my daughter, and teach her the healthiest way of life. To me, that is eating a plant-based diet. (I try to use those terms more so than “vegan” as it sounds less snobby).
I won’t say it isn’t hard. I cook almost every day and going out to eat is a huge hassle because animal products are hiding everywhere… but I honestly am SO much happier since. I feel better, I’ve lost a ton of weight… literally the pounds have shed off of me, and I feel amazing when I cook – although I have to do it often, I am OBSESSED with foods. I love watching G eat healthy foods and enjoy things that nourish her body and mind.
I also really enjoyed watching Cowspiracy. I recycle, cloth diaper, and try to live as sustainably as I can. Cowspiracy sheds light on the issue of sustainability and the insane amount of resources we have to use to support the meat and dairy industry. Water is a huge one, especially for those living in California where they suffer from a drought. I believe that we need to care of our Earth, and eating a vegan diet (growing crops/plants) instead of mass raising, multiplying and producing cows, chickens, etc. for our own human consumption has proven to be significantly better for our environment.
Side note, and honestly not 100% the reason I transitioned to a vegan lifestyle, but I am SO much happier with myself as a person too. I am happy that I don’t contribute to the deterioration or mistreatment of animals, and happy that I can teach G about that too. I am following a vegan lifestyle for the health reasons mostly, but the fact that animals are not harmed because of my food choices is a total bonus, as I am an animal lover and always have been!
In a recent podcast I listened to by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau she talks about the idea of humanizing animals. Some startling information I learned in the specific episode are that pigs are slaughtered at 6 months for meat, beef cattle are slaughtered at 18 months all for our disposal. I also learned in a separate podcast of hers that cows are actually given calcium supplements, since they don’t eat grass like nature intended them to (they eat GMO corn feed) so they have to supplement the cows with calcium before taking their milk for human consumption. Why can’t we, as humans, just eat the calcium straight from the “grass” itself?! Plants!
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“You can change the world; you must change the world.”