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I'm a vegetarian; not because I believe it to be the most healthy way to eat, but because it hurts my heart to eat animals. I'm a sensitive soul and just can't bring myself to do it.
I do eat a plant-based diet for my health, for the animals and for the environment.
I am vegetarian primarily out of compassion for animals. Based on solid research evidence, I also know that a plant-based diet is more healthy and is less harmful to our environment.
Although I eat and enjoy meat; there is no doubt that a plant - based diet is both healthy and ideal for us. I can only muster-up a significantly lame excuse for not being a vegan like one of my daughters; that (excuse) being my significant attachment to meats and simple meals...
I've been vegan for five years, and was vegetarian for two years before that. My doctor is thrilled with that choice, because it eliminates so many foods that cause issues in people as they age. I love not having to buy, handle, cook, or dispose of animal products. It means that all my food trash can go onto the compost pile, so my trash is just paper. Also, it's much cheaper, so I can eat organic foods without my budget taking a beating.
For the most part, yes. After watching Forks over Knives and reading the China Study, it became clear that the best way to eat is whole foods plant based. The benefits are staggering. However, after I made the change, I was bombarded with challenges to keep it that way. Even an understanding family will still make jokes about 'eating grass' and question where you get your protein. And a non-understanding family will devour meat with relish while they stare at you. Not to mention restaurants do not care about you. So in order to commit to that kind of diet, you essentially commit to never eating out again. My resolve was finally broken when I developed an unrelated digestion illness that wouldn't allow me to eat most raw vegetables.
So, I say 'for the most part' because I incorporate small amounts of cheese and eggs when I'm eating at restaurants and other peoples' homes. I still think the plant based diet is the ideal, and I hope to one day try it again. But it takes a considerable amount of effort to maintain, both mentally; against the norms of the world, and physically since you have to cook everything yourself. And I just don't have that much energy right now.
The number one reason I eat a plant based diet is that It's good for my health. I am a 64-year-old cancer survivor, and I am stronger now than I was before I got cancer more than ten years ago. I can contribute that to my eating a high raw living food plant based diet. Before I was eating this way, I had cancer, high blood pressure and heart disease. Today cancer still has not been able to catch me; my heart disease is nowhere to be found, and my blood pressure stays down as long as I keep my stress levels down. As a holistic practitioner, I have been blessed to see the health miracles in my life continue to happen as well as in the lives of my clients and friends. Type 2 diabetes is non-extant with us who are on a regular plant-based diet, and I've been blessed with helping dozens of type 2 diabetics get off of all their medications and live normal healthy lives. Knowing what I know today I could never go back to eating red meat as its associated with increased rates of cancer, heart disease and a dozen other sicknesses and illnesses. I hope this helps you understand how critical it is for humanity to move up to a plant-based diet. And I have not even begun to talk about how a plant-based diet will save mankind and the world. Blessings, Bobby
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