Going Vegan

How do I go vegan and still maintain a healthy lifestyle and diet?  Education! Education! Education!

Hello, my name is Robert I am vegan.  I am an Exec. Chef and I have been in the foodservice industry for over 35 years. I took medication for years to treat my high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

My vegan education started about 5 years ago when I was reading the article Pet Food, Bird Shredding & Embryo Sexing: Behind the Scenes, from United Poultry Concerns Magazine (fall issue of 2016) about factory farming. In particular, what happens to male chicks when they are born.  I couldn’t believe what I was reading.  My heart was pounding with rage and my eyes began to water.  I wanted to do something but I didn’t know what I could do.  Who was I to think that people would want to hear what I had to say?  Who would listen?  What would I say?  How would I say it?

I started educating myself about factory farming and how it has impacted the animals, us, and the planet.  What I have learned has to lead me to where I am today.  Whenever I have had the opportunity to share and educate someone about my choices I feel this overwhelming passion to help them see what I see without making them feel pressured at all.  I am not here to pass judgment or to change your mind.  I hope that you will learn something and decide for yourself.    I wasn’t born vegan, I ate meat, seafood, and dairy just like you only several years ago.  I just want to provide you with some information to help you look at things differently.  Wouldn’t it be great if the marketing that surrounds the world of factory farming would be so open to showing everyone what happens behind closed doors?  I believe in my heart that if everyone would educate themselves about where their food comes to form and what they put into their bodies they would make better choices, not only for themselves but for the animals and the planet.  We are only here on this earth for a very short time.  We only get one chance, one shot to get it right, and right now we are not doing such a great job, but I have learned that it’s not too late.  I said earlier that I was on medication for high blood pressure and cholesterol but since I changed what I eat I do not take any medication anymore except for some vitamins.

Just think of a couple of points.

Look at this picture of a chicken back in 1957 compared to one in 2005.  In the same period, the chicken has grown to over 4 times the size.

What other animal drinks the milk from another animal?

In the US, 80% of agricultural land is used to raise animals for food or to grow their feed.

From a freshwater resource perspective, it is more efficient to obtain calories, protein, and fat through crop products than animal products.

Increased energy, lowered blood pressure, lowered cholesterol, and just an overall better sense of self and doing the right thing.  If this or any of this appeals to you then please join me and consider going vegan.

I have learned a lot over the years and now my focus on food at home is a much healthy one.  I hope you have enjoyed this post as I have a lot more I would like to share with you all.  So stay tuned there is more to come.

6 thoughts on “Going Vegan”

  1. Barbara DeMorato

    So proud of you for so many reasons. Proud of the choices and decisions that you have made, in your life, to live a healthier lifestyle by going vegan. You took the time to educate yourself and are now reaping the benefits. Continue to follow the path you’re on.. I will continue to read your blog and, who knows, one of these days what will happen.
    Love you too much to measure… Aunt Barbara & Uncle Nicky too..

    1. Hello Aunt Barbara & Uncle Nicky,
      Thank you for reading my Blog and for your comments. I truly appreciate it. I am proud of myself for this blog. It has taken me a very long time to find something that I am truly passionate about. I do hope that I can have a positive impact on the people that read my blog.
      Thank you again,
      Robert

  2. I applaud you in your choice to go vegan, Robert. I too believe that the more people know about the food industry, the less likely they will be to eat the way they do. I read the Omnivore’s Dilemma. That was the book that made me stop eating meat. Although the author of the book eats meat, his descriptions of the factory farms was enough for me. Another recent book that I have read is We are the Weather:Saving the Planet begins at breakfast. Since you are a chef, I think it would be good for you to share recipes or tell us about other blogs that you follow where you can get good vegan recipes. There is a lot of bad processed vegan food out there and once you get the hang of cooking good vegan food you won’t be quick to hit up the processed stuff.

    1. Hello Ann, Thank you for reading my blog and your comments. I really appreciate it. It means a lot to me and I truly believe that by education people will come to the decision that by eating a vegan diet it will make them healthier and of course the pluses for the animals well being and the planet! I saw David Attenborough’s special on PBS last night called Extinction. It was really good although disheartening to see that in my life time all the loss that has been caused by the human race of which I am apart of. It is really scary to think that if we don’t change as a people there is a good chance that there won’t be a people anymore over the next 50 to 100 years.
      I feel that being Vegan is much more than not eating animal products, it’s a lifestyle that includes much more and I have so many ideas running through my head for my next post.
      Thank you again.
      Robert

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