I’ve been a vegan for just about a year and a half now, I recently shared a video called Vegan Story: My Food Journey. In it, I share some tidbits on how and why I became a vegan in the first place. Some of you have asked me how I stay “committed” to not eating meat or diary. It’s a full thought shift, from the way I think about food, my body, my long term health, animals and the environment. Sounds a little hippie, right? I know!
When I decided to go vegan I went HAM (hard as a motha)! Watching documentaries, following other vegans on social media, reading books, and experimenting with recipes. The whole nine yards! For me, it’s really important to get as much exposure to any new lifestyle choices. It’s my way, of building a strong foundation to ensure that one I know what I’m getting into and two it reinforces my newfound belief system. So after going really hard in the paint, on all things vegan these are the 3 biggest reasons I will never consume meat or dairy ever, ever!
I thought like with most diets, I would feel deprived and hate food, and I would miss out on restaurants and celebrations, that I would get terrible headaches and be irritable, etc. I was wrong about all of that. It took a few days, to adjust, but what I discovered was increased energy, better sleep, weight loss, improved clarity, and an incredible positive feeling for my actions and the effect it would have on those around me and on the environment. I couldn’t believe how much of our health we control with food. – Beyonce on her plant-based diet
(excerpt from Russell Simmons, The Happy Vegan: A Guide to Living a Long, Healthy, and Successful Life)
1 Healthy, Happy and Vibrant
Meat creates acidity in the body and requires loads of energy to breakdown. It also puts lots of toxins in the bloodstream. Those little toxins clog pores and can increase aging. If we are lucky enough, we’ll all get a little older, but who said we have to age fast or poorly? What about our quality of life? How young can we feel as we get up in those numbers? Well, there is no shame in my game, I want to look good, feel good, and be healthy for the rest of my life! Yes, I want glowing skin, major energy, and peace of mind about my health all the way up. Period.
After watching, Cowspiracy and a few other food documentaries on Netflix I understand how eating meat contributes to animal agribusiness. As the film highlighted out, “Animal agribusiness is one of the biggest sources of pollution in the world. It produces 65% of the world’s nitrous oxide aka laughing gas. Well, it’s not all giggles, nitrous oxide is a gas that has 296 times greater global warming potential than carbon dioxide” (fossil fuel associated with transportation).
3 ALL Lives Matter = Animals Included
For me, it’s about having a level of compassion for the animals. I just learned this term, “Speciesism”. Check out Google’s definition, “the assumption of human superiority leading to the exploitation of animals.” Before we go further, check out Google’s definition of “Racism”, “the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.” Notice any parellels? Superiority?! Hmmm, who crowned us the ones who get to decide the fate of other beings. I’d rather just throw some kale in a blender, or pop a couple tabs of spirulina to get my protein.
I know everyone is not going to go #vegan. However, I do hope that we all maintain a level of awareness about how our food choices impact us individually and collectively.
If you’re curious, check out the video on my food journey to becoming a vegan click here to watch the video.