As vegans, we often joke amongst ourselves about the standard questions and comments that we hear from friends, family and even strangers about our lifestyle.
“Where do you get your protein from? I would be vegan but I could never give up cheese. Don’t you feel deprived as as vegan?”
Over time, I have learned to answer each of these questions or comments in the most effective manner possible. Providing the person who is asking me with as much information as I can, without forcing my beliefs on them. I am not here to force my lifestyle on anyone else. But I do feel like I am here to help people live the lives that they want to live to whatever level of compassion they can. I believe that most humans are compassionate and would be open to incorporating more compassionate methods into their life, but they are not sure how to do so. As Americans, and really as humans, we are not trained to understand the association between the food we eat, and where it comes from. No one thinks about grazing cows when eating a hamburger, or egg laying hens when eating fried chicken, but it is important for people to understand that when they are eating those things, they are coming from a place other then the grocery store.
Most Americans have heard of, and follow, some version of the Standard American Diet. Unfortunately, this diet, visually seen through the good ol’ food pyramid, is actually not a healthy way to eat at all. I could go on for pages and pages about why this is so, but to sum it all up, the food pyramid tells us that if we eat a certain amount of these so called healthy foods, we will be healthy and live a long life. This is not the case at all. Consumption of animal products such as meat, poultry, fish and dairy and eggs can actually lead to more health problems then the common American could imagine.
If compassion for animals is not enough to drive you to make a change in your diet then maybe some more truth about what you are eating is. The meats and dairy products that line the shelves of the typical grocery store are packed full of chemicals and hormones. These chemical and hormones cause an array of health issues that can be prevented; Cancer, Osteoporosis, Heart Disease, Thyroid Disease and more.
It is my job and passion as a vegan to educated anyone who wants to learn more about this amazing life style. When I am asked one questions above, or any other question about why I do what I do, I actually get excited knowing that I could be the person who helps this individual become more conscious about the way they live and that I could possibly change their life forever.
If you would like to learn more about becoming a vegan, or just want to chat with someone as conscious as yourself, give me a call! I am here to help and being Vegucated is the first step to eating and living a healthier lifestyle.