I decided to go vegan for health reasons. I wasn’t a vegan activist although I was purchasing organic meat because I could not condone the CAFOs (Confined Animal Feeding Operations) used today.
My father was raised on a farm in the Midwest and would go hunting every year during my childhood to fill up our freezer. We enjoyed weekly Saturday night barbecues and meat at every dinner.
Over the years, I was eating less and less meat and poultry because it didn’t taste like it used to. During this time I was raising my son as a single parent and business owner. It didn’t occur to me that I needed to research the changes in the meat and poultry and realistically, I didn’t have time. I trusted the industry.
It wasn’t until I was able to cure myself through the food I ate and the products I used that I found I was naturally going vegan. I’m not sure I even knew what that was.
How to Go Vegan
The first step is educating yourself about the food you eat and the products you purchase. One day I was pondering how people lived without our modern day products. These are the products we are told are safe to use. The FDA warns us against natural products because they are not regulated. This leads us to believe they are unsafe to use. Really?
That’s when I started researching all those strange additives in our food and products so I could understand what they were. In every case I found toxic chemicals and could not believe they were labeled to be safe for humans. One individual product may be safe, but not when you add in all the other products we use; the cumulative effect is harmful to our bodies.
- Up to 60% of all the cans used in canned products still contain Bisphenol A, known as BPA – a known hormone disruptor
- Plastic food containers contain Bisphenol A, known as BPA
- Shampoos, lotions, and nail polish are just some of the cosmetic products that contain BPA
- Dental amalgam used to fill cavities contain mercury, known to be toxic to humans
- Toothpaste contains fluoride, not a pharmaceutical grade additive
With such a toxic environment, it really pays to do your homework. And that’s why I use all natural products today and even make my own toothpaste and other products.
Here’s a short video I found to be very useful. It provides the information you need to make your own decision on going vegan and how to do it successfully. It really is easier than you think because you won’t just be eating fruits and vegetables.
There’s a whole world of real food that tastes better than any processed food you find today. And there’s a vegan alternative too so you don’t have to starve yourself of your favorite comfort foods.
Forks Over Knives
Forks Over Knives is one of the resources mentioned in the video. I read it a few years ago with the Kindle version. It was originally launched in 2011 as a documentary. It presents information that is backed by scientific research that claims modern diseases can be prevented, halted, and often reversed.
In addition it has spawned a movement of “farm to fork” events across the country. In Northern California where I live, chefs come out to demonstrate their healthy cooking alongside our Farmer’s Market produce fairs.
Do you have questions on going vegan? Leave a comment and let’s get the discussion going.
If you are vegan, tell us how you started and pass on any tips you have.
P.S. You will be amazed at how your body responds to eating vegan. It will fill you up faster than processed foods, allowing your body to recognize when it’s had enough. If you’re looking to lose weight, this is the perfect way – make sure it’s a lifestyle change and not just to lose weight. Once you lose the weight, you can keep it off by continuing to eat vegan.
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