The world is not vegan so there is going to be a lot of push-back, still 7 years later I am still seeing disbelief in people’s eyes. I wish people did a little more research and not to just listen to the news stories about unhealthy vegans but to look at the stories and to meet people who are healthy vegans. I will note that a lot of people will fight your choice to go on an all plant diet. I am separating the diet here from vegan because vegan focuses on animal issues and carries a more political agenda, which I will not discuss in this blog post.
I remember when I made the dietary switch my mother pushed far into my head about a protein deficiency. Yet respectfully she never took nutrition and became a mother who raised us on a western diet of meat, some veggies and potato. I on the other hand had spent years prior reading everything I could get my hands on nutrition. I had no vegan friends or vegan family members. I just did my research. The more I learned about diet the more I saw animal foods were causing more harm than any good and that plant foods were extremely, protective.
The pressure I got was intense. Friends, coworkers and other adults were pressuring me or ridiculing me to go back to eating meat. I even had a massive online debate with a group of fitness trainers at the gym at train at. I saw my friends and their family members younger than me get bellies and I remained in excellent health and continued to hold my six pack abs.
I have been following the research for now over eight years. I still keep track of the studies released and try to weed through the industry published studies.
When it comes to your health you cannot listen to the mainstream nonsense. Follow your heart and your intuition and hopefully it will lead you down the right path. Don’t let the pressure get to you. Stand up for yourself.
Some extra links that you might find interesting.
Nutritional Update for Physicians: Plant-Based Diets (Vegan Diets)
Physicians should consider recommending a plant-based diet to all their patients, especially those with high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or obesity.
Position of the American Dietetic Association: vegetarian diets/ Vegan Diets.
A vegetarian diet can meet current recommendations for all of these nutrients. In some cases, supplements or fortified foods can provide useful amounts of important nutrients. An evidence- based review showed that vegetarian diets can be nutritionally adequate in pregnancy and result in positive maternal and infant health outcomes. The results of an evidence-based review showed that a vegetarian diet is associated with a lower risk of death from ischemic heart disease. Vegetarians also appear to have lower low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, and lower rates of hypertension and type 2 diabetes than nonvegetarians.
Sanjay Gupta CNN – Clear evidence that plant based foods reverses
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