Making the decision to eat and live a vegan lifestyle is a big commitment. It takes courage, determination, and commitment. Many people can remember the day, certainly the month and year, they made the decision for themselves.
Generally, people decide to become vegan for three reasons: personal health, planet health, and animal welfare, though not always in that order. Many vegans put animal welfare highest on their list, while others like Dr. T. Colin. Campell, author of
don’t even have animal welfare on their list of reasons. Dr. Campbell, whose book was the last straw in my struggle between being vegetarian and vegan, actually did some extensive testing on animals. His decades-long research revealed that eating a lower protein, plant-based diet has a significant impact on rates of obesity, cancer, diabetes, and on and on. He’s not a “tree hugger” trying to bend facts and ideas to support his beliefs, he’s a scientist. And a respected one. If you haven’t read the book, and you have any interest in living a more healthy life, you should.
Another book that was hugely impactful, and was behind my son’s mother’s decision to go from flexitarian to vegan in one evening, is Skinny Bitch.
It’s a much more irreverent book, but comes to the same conclusions as Dr. Campbell. It’s also a much faster, less academic read.
Some vegans, quite a few, actually, make the decision to live and eat vegan – yet they have to live and eat with others who have not (at least not yet) come to the same conclusion.
As a reminder, vegans don’t consider milk, eggs, meat, poultry, or sea animals – food.
If you’re vegan, consider your kitchen. You probably have “exotic” items like vital wheat gluten, egg-replacer, chia, quinoa, and probably maple syrup. In this short list, most non-vegans MIGHT have the maple syrup. And even that probably has aspertame (not a vegan issue, but a health issue).
Now think about the kitchen of someone who eats a Standard American Diet (SAD).
Animal products have permeated SO MUCH of our diet, there’s even BEEF in Altoids mints. Come on, really?? Really.
American Agribusiness has done a great job feeding hundreds of millions of people and keeping food cost inflation to almost zero (compared to anything else: cars, houses, income).
But it’s not sustainable.
If everyone on the planet ate a SAD diet, we would not have enough farm land to produce what they would eat. And the impact on the environment would be devastating.
The unfortunate reality is that our SAD diet is seen as the diet of prosperous people. But as Dr. Campbell notes in incredible detail, prosperous people are significantly more prone to get cancer. And Diabetes. And to be obese.
If you haven’t read the books… pick one and start today.