Why did I go vegan?
Sometimes it isn’t just as easy as one reason. I was unhealthy and unhappy. I had a stroke a couple of years ago. I was overweight, had high blood pressure, high cholesterol. I have children and a husband to live for, I have me to live for.
I went plant-based a year ago in order to fix the things I did to myself. I read everything I could, watched documentaries, listened to actual doctors and nutritionists, and then decided that it was the best thing I could do for myself. Over my first month I went from plant-based to vegan (maybe 2 months). What’s the difference?
Plant-based means that you don’t consume animal products, no eggs, no meat, no dairy. Just cutting out those things cut down my cholesterol by a lot (considering that cholesterol is only found in animal products). I was on a quick road to a heart attack. I wasn’t bloated anymore either! I didn’t have awful stomach aches in the morning (found out I was lactose intolerant) followed by not-so-pleasant bowel issues.
At 5’2” and 215lbs, I was beyond unhealthy. I, like most people in the US, work during the day and somehow thought that McDonalds was a sufficient lunch. Come on past me, get your shit together. I was drinking coffee for breakfast, then coffee on the way to work (so what, I like— uhhh love coffee) with a bagel with cream cheese and hashbrowns, then probably a bag of chips for a snack, then lunch was usually something quick (since I get a 30 minute break including food pickup) like McDs, BK, or Wendys (double cheeseburger, fries, large coke). Dinner time… chicken, baked potato, bread, and a veggie… ya know, to make it healthy.
So, like I said, I went from plant-based to vegan. I didn’t just jump in head first without doing any research. I wanted to feel better and be better. It wasn’t until I started digging deeper, that I was confronted with what my actions were actually doing. Like I said before, once you know something, you can’t unknow it. I’m not going to go into the gore-filled details, you can look that up yourself.
I’m not saying that people shouldn’t eat meat, but don’t be a jerk about it to those of us who choose not to. Also, you should know where your food comes from. Respect what another being gave you because your taste buds are more important than their life. It just amazes me the double standards that we have. If we forced humans to live in the conditions that we make these animals, someone would speak up. If we were forcibly raped and impregnated just to have our babies taken away from us for someone else to consume our milk, we would be in prison. But they are just animals…. yeah, so are we. They aren’t smart enough to compare to humans. Okay, so if a person has a low enough IQ, it’s okay to eat them? What about your dog?
With even all of that stuff out of the way, I find it very funny that when you post anything, even a picture of a salad that didn’t use breast milk and used a vegan alternative, there is someone always posting a picture of a slab of meat or a steak or something along those lines. Cool, you don’t understand something, so make fun of it? Gotta love the less than intelligent trolls. No need for that BS, just keep strolling. I mean, when you do it on a vegan specific page or post, you are clearly going out of your way to just be a douche. We get it, you live in your mom’s basement and have no friends. Good for you.