If you’ve been keeping up with my posts, you know that I called myself an “aspiring” vegan. This is because for years, I’ve been flip-flopping all over the place with vegetarianism, veganism, gluten-free…ism, raw foodism, dairy-freeism, egg-freeism, and meat-eating……ism. ( Told myself they all have to end in “ism” )
All the while I knew that, ultimately, I must be vegan. It is the only sustainable and morally livable lifestyle. Up until now, I had everything but the diet down.
I had reached the point where I just couldn’t take it anymore. The reason I failed so many times before, reverting back to meat, is because I wasn’t eating enough real food. I’m talking legumes, whole grains, and vegetables. Any junk food vegan will not last unless he/she makes changes. I finally discovered that any junk food diet is slowly killing anybody. Because still, I was unhealthy as a meat-eater.
Eating unhealthy foods in either scenario is a massive detriment. When I’d revert to animal products, still I wasn’t giving nutrients to or treating my body how it deserves. I needed nourishment. Finally, after all this experimentation and time spent, I’ve been getting it.
Taking the meat-eater vs. the vegan, I have experienced that both utterly need the following: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds.
The only dietary difference is meat. If it’s not grass-fed slash organic slash not-full-of-drugs, it’s a detriment. The extreme majority of meat available in the US ( yes, even hippified California where I live ) is, as I see it, contaminated.
Personally, I’ve excluded dairy and eggs for a couple of reasons. I have some sort of intolerance with both but especially dairy. And I have some very offensive opinions about both – but especially dairy.
That’s just from a health standpoint. Yes, animal products are drugged-up but as more and more of us are coming to realize, their production is unsustainable and fundamentally inhumane. ( I often forget that humanity is supposed to be positive… )
You might think the cost of safe meat is fiscal, but is that the real cost?
For environmental information, you’ve got to watch Cowspiracy.
And if you’re curious about the moral aspect, here’s some information and inspiration:
- Gary Yourofsky’s Speech
- If Slaughterhouses Had Glass Walls
- The Scarecrow
- 101 Reasons to Go Vegan
I had watched all of those, as well as Cowspiracy, a long time ago. It’s the whole reason I flip-flopped with veganism. What was holding me back was my relationship with food.
As someone who has lost 30 pounds, I clearly struggled with that relationship. When I was 30 pounds heavier, it was a worse struggle. Today, although I still have more to lose, the struggle has eased. Bear in mind, diet is something I have to figure out. It’s not inherent.
It’s only natural that didn’t know how to do any diet, whether it’s meat-eatingism or veganism, the right way.
No more experiments. I crossed some sort of threshold and found the key to what is my number one concern: health.
I simply must eat real food.
I’ve been doing that. And it’s taken me to a place, physical and otherwise, where I can live how I want to, how I should.
If you’re thinking about going vegan, get to a healthy place first, whatever that may mean for you. After all, this is about a life change.
With the notion of eating actual food in mind, any dietary choice is up for grabs. I know, though, that there is no choice when in comes to veganism. It’s as impersonal as it gets, really.
I suppose I can say it now. I’m a vegan.