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.