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.