Opinion: You Are What You Eat

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By Kelly Nish- Cougar News Staff Writer

Several months ago I decided to make a daring decision in order to see the change I wanted to see within myself. I was sick of self-loathing and carrying around extra thigh and belly fat. I went somewhere within myself and found a unique strength that I never thought I had. I decided to use my head – I decided to go vegan.

I enabled myself to eliminate all animal products including meat, eggs and dairy. I classify myself as an herbivore and only eat plant products. You are probably asking, “Where do you get your protein?” and I gawk at you. Are you kidding? Have you ever heard of someone having a protein deficiency? I think not! Vegans stick to the basics and in my opinion, the essentials; beans, rice, whole grains, fruits and vegetables. It’s really not that hard. Becoming vegan is a process and cannot happen over night. You have to gradually eliminate soda, white bread, red meat, pork, chicken, eggs, fish, etc. and then mold your new ways of eating to your lifestyle.

Bottom line, eating whole, unprocessed foods is the way we humans were intended to eat. Unlike the acid saliva of carnivores, our alkaline saliva is not meant to break down animal flesh. I jumped on the vegan bandwagon because I wanted to lose weight, but as I learned more about veganism, I realized there is another motive behind this way of eating – animal cruelty. I’m not going to get graphic, but of the ten billion animals slaughtered for human consumption each year, almost all of them come from factory farms which houses a massive amount of animals in an extremely small space. These factory farms mutilate, drug, brand, and castrate these poor animals and that’s all before they are actually slaughtered. Oh and by the way, a common drug within the farming industry is an arsenic-laced drug. That’s right, arsenic.

Now that you know what you’re up against when perusing a steak house menu, let’s move on to a lighter topic, dairy! Here are the facts; baby calves drink the milk from their mothers to plump up, fast! Consequently, when we drink milk or eat cheese, guess what! We plump up too! I’m not saying dairy is the devil, but pretty close.

Veganism changed my life. I’ll admit, it is very difficult to go to a restaurant and try to find a vegan meal, but by making conscious vegan decisions, you can lose weight and feel great about yourself. Go ahead. Ponder away. Challenge yourself, you might be surprised with what you can accomplish.

  • Michelle

    a. I totally agree, I went vegan for a while, but took a health class and learned I actually was NOT getting enough protein. Just eating fruits and veggies will not cut it. You need to purposefully eating beans, whole grains, and possibly protein supplements daily, if you are not, then your body is not getting enough protein. It ranges for everyone, but my daily recommended amount is 60g. Check how many fruits and vegetables and beans you are eating if you decide to go vegan because it is not just “that easy” to get the protein you need if you are not eating meat.
    On a different note, I did become vegan to lose weight as well and then also learned about the animal cruelty that goes on in America. I even went so far as researching, writing and presenting a 10 minute speech on why everyone should be at least a vegetarian. For anyone who doesn’t know the poor cow that you are eating is electrocuted so they won’t “feel” the pain of being butchered alive. However, some are not “electrocuted” properly and therefore, get hung upside down, butchered alive, and can feel the whole thing! I encourage everyone to do some research on where their meat comes from. It really is a huge issue that so many people turn a blind eye to.

  • I agree with this article and the other commenter. I am a vegetarian as well, and I wish more people knew the facts about meat consumption, how it’s unethical, unhealthy, and destroying the environment. Thanks for covering this!

  • Ashley

    I agree with everything you said above except for one thing. I don’t agree that going vegan is a good way to loose weight. I think you are going to make yourself sick and literally starve yourself. I mean Im one of those “naturally” skinny girls but I have seen this happen so many times. I don’t really like meat or milk and find myself tired and sick all the time. The only thing that explains this is my diet. I have even seen a doctor and they have done tests and Im “healthy” according to them. However, they do recommend more exercise. EXERCISE IS KEY. Burn more calories than you are consuming and you will loose wight. Just my advise, I have been through it and feeling fatigued all the time is not fun.

  • Chase Longan

    I just finished reading the article a short time ago. True that sometimes meat is not the healthiest thing on earth but on the other hand it also can provide some of the protein intake we need in order to survive. But then again it’s your choice whether or not to eat meat. i think that everyone should read the article and then really do some research on the matter and see where they stand on the subject. also the other question would be about the stuff found in foods like fruits and vegetables, we always hear stuff about meat from vegans or vegetarians but how come we don’t hear meat lovers talk or should i dare say argue about the stuff that is in our fruits and vegetables that could possibly and stress the word possibly have health risks or impact on the world? I just wanted to throw it out there to see what the response to that would be.

  • Vickey

    No matter what, a little bit of everything is important. Evan a little bit of fatty foods and sweets are good, just not too much. It clears your system. Oh and no one has said anything about calcium? if you don’t eat meat or dairy where is the calcium? and if your a vegan or vegetarian and you’re taking vitamin supplements— your cheating. You don’t need to be vegan to be healthy. Just watch your salt and cholesterol, and exercise. You don’t even have to count calories. As long as you don’t feel stuffed after you eat, your fine.

  • Avriel

    Vickey, unfortunately you’re uninformed. There is evidence that women who drink milk are more likely to develop osteoporosis when they age. Milk actually takes the calcium out of your bones and there is plenty of calcium in all types of vegetables. By eating dark, leafy, green veggies, soy products, nuts, and legumes you can intake just as much if not more calcium than you would get by drinking milk.