Want to know why I chose to live a vegan lifestyle ? Yes? Okay but remember these are my opinions and beliefs , I am not forcing my way of thinking on anyone . Okay so my first reason is yes , my unconditional love for animals. I refuse to support the belief that animals were put on this earth to be eaten. “and ye shall be holy men unto me: neither shall ye eat any flesh that is torn of the beast of the field; ye shall throw it to the dogs”-exodus 22:31… Animals are living ,breathing animals who deserve love and compassion. If you go to PETA.com you can read all about the truth of what happens to innocent animals everyday. Okay are you wondering why didn’t you just go vegetarian,why vegan? Well I do not believe in the consumption of dairy either. It is completely unnatural for humans to drink a cows milk. Yes,there. Are plenty of people who say it is healthy and needed for your bones ect. But if that’s true then why is milk one of the leading causes of osteoporosis? No mammal naturally consumes milk after weening off of their mothers milk. Would you breast feed a cow? Oh it sounds weird to you if i put It like that? Well what do you think milk is? It’s a cows breast milk, meant for calves. Okay, now on to the health benefits of being vegan. First of all ,animal products are the only things that have cholesterol , eliminate the animal products and you eliminate so many health problems. But isn’t fish oil healthy for you? No, it is not. Omega fatty acids are healthy which can be found through Vegetables. With fish, and fish oil you also get a serving of mercury, yum! Let’s put it this way, if you can not consume something while pregnant lets assume it’s bad for your body all the time! People have also been taught that you need meat for iron, that is a big fat lie. Beans= iron .are you wondering how to get the nutrition you need while being vegan? Well I’ll get to that but first I’m going to say that no, you don’t have to eat nasty food, and you don’t have to miss out on things you like. There are plenty of substitutes that give you enough nutrition, as well as taste great. And don’t let people fool you by saying you will become weak and sick by living a vegan lifestyle , it is actually vice versa. Ailments come from bad health, which is a result of a poor diet. (IE: hamburgers,bacon,hotdogs,and chicken) not to mentions that these animals are pumped with hormones and steroids before they are killed, what are you really eating? Okay so what can you eat? Well there are many,many recipes out there ( I will be posting a lot of them myself) but the things you should try to eat often are -beans,soy milk,tofu,dark green veggies, fruits &veggies with a lot of antioxidants , meat substitutes such as boca burgers,veggie buffalo wings,and meatless meatballs are delicious. Spices are also very important. You should also take a multi vitamin(make sure it contains b12) everyday. I know there are foods I did not include but if you do a little research you will find many food choices. Well I’m glad you took the time to read this . Thanks -KD
Interesting thoughts. I can see where you are coming from.
Most people don't see animals as having any value, or at least significantly less so than human beings.
Do you think animals share the same value as humans, or less? Do they have value?
I'm happy that you are happy, but your statements are, just as you said, "opinions." You have clearly not read ANY meaningful evolutionary or genetic science regarding what loosely counts as "race" and involves nomadic lifestyles dating back tens and even hundreds of thousands of years.
Which is cool. You don't have to pay attention that stuff. Religious people don't either, which is what, in MY opinion vegan habits are, or at least resemble: Dedication to belief based on feelings and selective reading. I'm glad you are happy in your beliefs,but for anyone who reads more broadly across the span of human inspection, investigation and introspection, well, yeah, it's kind of silly.
But then, who cares about facts in the end anyway. We only really know for a fact that we have this life and then we die. Everything else is completely unprovable, so there is a fantastic argument to be made for the idea that ignorance is bliss. An argument that I have absolutely no counter for. I may be enjoying it myself. Almost certainly am. Enjoy your carrot. I'll eat this burger and, well, maybe one of us will end up in heaven or hell... or we'll just both be dead and some new people will puke their meaningless beliefs into the air during their time. LOL
You should make a Hub about this. It would reach a lot more people compared to just posting in the forums.
I've always wanted to ask a vegan their opinion on this: What do you think about the fact that there is no natural non-animal source of Vitamin B12? In a fairly real sense anyone who had tried to become vegan before the development of artificial supplements would potentially have suffered from B12 deficiency; it can take years to develop in adults, if ever, but it can and has caused acute effects and even death in infants whose parents tried to raise their children vegan without adequate supplements.
To me this implies that veganism is biologically unsound, because you can't get all of your essential nutrients from natural sources. How would you respond to that?
@eric newland even though there is not a natural source of b12 (although it is possible we have not discovered it yet (: ) I do think the health benefits of not eating meat or dairy out weigh that fact , now that we do have access to the supplement.
Justifiable could mean different things to different people. I do believe in humanly putting an animal down if there is a serious illness that can not be treated,or if the animal is in pain. I also believe that if there is a life or death situation between a human and an animal and killing the animal is the only option, then it would have to be done. But just killing an animal for any other human benefit is in my opinion ,not okay.
@shadesbreath thank you for your feedback..it's an amazing thing that we are all able to form our own opinions,although it is a fact that eating "clean" highly reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer,high blood pressure and diabetes . to each their own . If what you do makes you happy then in the end that's what matters in your life.
Actually, that's not true unless you use gross averages. If you look at genetic subgroups, you'll find that where your ancestry comes from has pretty much everything to do with those "risks." People who are, for example, of Nordic ancestry evolved in a place where the cold seasons took up huge portions of the year and farming represented only a small portion of their overall annual caloric intake. These people hunted heavily and, therefore, evolved systems that not only abide red meats and high fat, but also require them for maximum vitality.
On the other hand, genetic groups who evolved in tropical climes where vegetable caloric resources were abundant, those stayed true to the original African ancestry of our species, with no significant reason to adapt to other climatically induced caloric survival techniques (nomadic versus gathering societies not articulated here). Those people do show high risk from high fat, animal based diets. Other cultures seem to do better with heavily fish-based diets, (Scandinavian, Inuit, Japanese, etc.) further giving evidence to the refining nature of evolution and time and the allocation of native resources.
The existence of conditions like "lactose intolerance" and any other condition so obviously genetic and the product of location and evolutionary forces only further lock down how it works.
Again, I'm happy you are happy sparing animals and people the evils of meat eating as you have decided to believe they may be. I just hope that you will spend a few moments considering the broader body of research on the topic before you spend too much time converting people to your "side." You might actually do some serious damage.
Like I said I do not wish to force my beliefs on anyone,as everyone has different values and beliefs , I am just posting my personal opinion because I know some people agree and some people are interested. This subject could be debated for years and years but I will never agree with a non vegan lifestyle and many will never agree with a vegan lifestyle and that's fine.people have a mind set and once they believe what they believe it rarely changes. We are who we are and there is nothing wrong with that. That's the beauty of being our own unique person. -KD
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