A couple of years ago (approximately 2016) I watched a movie “Unsupersize me”. This movie shows a story of the girl with an extra weight of 300lb with a bunch of health problems as a consequence of her lifestyle. She decided to change her life with a personal trainer Juan Carlos. He proposed a new type of diet for her: 100% plant-based diet. Her meal plan was: legumes, grains, fruits, nuts, seeds, and veggies. She through away from her freezer all meat, eggs, milk, and other groceries with animal-based ingredients. The step away from animal products was based not on ethical reasons like love to the animals, but the primary purpose was health benefits. I never thought before that someone choosing veganism because of health.
Afterward, this woman was able to change her habits thanks to the sport and right nutrition. She transformed her lifestyle, and as a reward for her hard work she lost 200lb and got her health improved. In the movie, Juan Carlos told his story how he converted to vegan. He was in prison, and he had a lot of free time. Juan devoted it to make his body stronger and healthier. In the movie, he shared all current researchers and what books motivated him. After the prison, he became a personal trainer and opened his own gym where he promotes a plant-based lifestyle.
After this movie, I was really interested to read more about a plant-based diet to know more about veganism. I read books, watched a lot of films and asked people who tried this way of eating and living.
And after a year of research in one day, I made a decision that I should switch my lifestyle into a vegan. And on July 1st, 2016 together with my husband we started a new page of our life without animal products.
If you ask me for a reasons, I will highlight three. I think you will hear them from many people who went vegan.
1.) Health. Unfortunately all pigs, cows, and chicken have a lot of antibiotics in their diet before coming to our tables. In the USA is up 480 different drugs are allowed to use in the process of growing animals for food. While producers must be responsible for how these supplements affect animals, they shouldn’t report how it affects the person who consumes that with animal flash in the future. The food which fed to animals overall is questionable also. GMO corn is the only little piece from it. We can only guess what sickness that kind of meat can bring. It is not everything, what I found in my research. I will share a book and movies later with you.
The most important part of any diet that you should have a variety of products in your daily menu, so you will be able to receive all essential minerals and vitamins
2.) Love to animals. Eat or don’t eat animals in now days is your choice. It is not a necessity for survival, and it is simply your choice what you want to see on your plate. Love and compassion to animals was not the primary reason why I start thinking about veganism. To break a stereotype, that we can’t survive without meat- it is hard for many people. If you start talking with someone that you don’t eat meat, a lot of people would ask questions about protein first, amino acids, etc. The plants have everything that your body needs!
People eat different animals in different counties. Some prefer cow meat, others snake, and some people eat dogs. But for me, for example, eating dog is crazy ( and I am pretty sure for you too!). This is because we build a connection with some animals other a years within our culture, and with some animals, we did not. So, we don’t feel the same compassion for them. But does this mean, that they do not deserve it? It is no difference between animals! They all feel love, fear, and pain.
3.) Planet. More and more forest is cut down every day to make fields to grow corn, food and build industrial farms for animal agriculture. This is like a closed cycle: we eat more meat every day and more deforesting happens. Usually “meat farms” are located in small communities outside of populated areas. Because the amount of waste from animals is much larger than from humans, what leads to toxic smell, poisoning of the air and waste in the rivers… It is basically a survival for people who leave near “meat farms” and usually it is a poor neighborhoods.
It is all understandable, that when one person decides not to eat meat, it will not change the whole world and make it more harmless for animals. But everyone is responsible for themselves for what they are having on their plate, everyone accountable for their own choices. My choice is delicious fruits and vegetables.
If you are thinking about the transition to a vegan lifestyle, my advice to take it as it is comfortable for you. Some people will change overnight, while others prefer taking it slowly. I want to share with you my journey and support you.