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Why Be Vegan?

I get this question all the time, "why did you change to vegan"? Well, that's an interesting question, so here's the answer. I did it for health and moral reasons.

I was not always vegetarian and had eaten meat for much of my life. Additionally, I had been vegetarian for extended periods throughout my life and it was not really an issue, but dairy was something that I was never willing to give up. I thought I could never part with my beloved cheese.

Then I had a few transformational moments and decided to give it a go. Firstly, I was constantly getting chest infections and often this turned into pneumonia. After having my 4th bout with pneumonia in less than a year, my doctor suggested I give up dairy, just until I could get over the pneumonia. Dairy, as you may or may not know, produces a lot of mucus, so if you already have an issue, adding more is not a good thing.

So, I completely gave up dairy for two weeks and the difference was amazing. I felt better, less congested and most of all, my digestion was better and my heartburn, which had always been an ongoing issue, was 100% gone. I thought to myself, this is incredible.

As I studied more about my diet, I decided to reread an amazing book which I had read years earlier. "Diet for a New America" by John Robbins. This book gives no holds barred overview of why our diets are making us and our planet sick. It's well written and I highly recommend it to anyone.
This book reminded me of the moral component of our diets and how our choices can have an impact on our earth, ourselves and from my point of view, it was the single most important step I could take to address climate change and heal the earth. If you are interested in how the production of meat impacts our planet, here is a good link. http://www.peta.org/about-peta/faq/how-does-eating-meat-harm-the-environment/

Some might say, what can one person do, but the journey begins with a step and each person making small changes can have a huge impact. We can all have an impact with the choices we make, so this was my choice.

So after three years, here's what a vegan diet has done for me. I am 60 pounds lighter. I rarely get chest infections any longer and if I do they pass much more quickly. By reacquainting myself with my body and a healthier way of eating, I now regularly work out and for 55, I'm in pretty good shape.

Live life, eat great food and be healthy!

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