After all I guess it is best to be successful at it, like yourself, and lead by example. I’ll say that upfront before expecting anyone to read it at the end. Then again, since about the same message was posted elsewhere maybe it doesn’t add up. I was talking about the topic in general though (I don’t know, is veganism a mood)… I eat my words every day too.
There are some pro vegan quotes here. I was just adding one on health (which seems like a great reason in itself). Claims of plant-based diets amounting to a healthy lifestyle are actually backed up by long term medical studies, unlike many other claims (not that every claim made about the benefits of so-called health food, or the food pyramid, is true or up to date). I’d recommend looking up studies for guidance on nutrition, because those are ongoing and more objective. Consider food safety also, there are more deaths caused by food poisoning in animal products, although raw plants cause half of the outbreaks. So I consider it part of a balanced diet to prepare the food properly, as far as health goes. People love to promote raw diets for extra vitamins, however there are also extra bacteria, which vitamins do not necessarily give you an immunity to. What the quote says is that such an “appropriately planned” diet can be healthier, and there’s more than ingredients that go into it. I’m just saying that I wouldn’t recommend eating any particular diet, especially long term, without knowing more about the risks and benefits (aside from the humanity of it).
It isn’t always like night and day to transition either. Maybe some of the people who got sick from romaine lettuce lately had just gone vegan… well it really pisses me off when I get sick from trying to eat healthy, and that’s what happened to others in my family who tried it. Plant foods aren’t all easy to digest either, especially raw. So it can take more persistance and knowledge to balance than any other diet in my opinion. Yet I definitely feel better with that working than being a less strict vegetarian, which I’ve been off and on for several years, until finally losing my nostalgia for junk food. I don’t even like the concept of vegan imitation stuff anymore, and it’s getting old to see the marketeers trying to turn every food into snake oil, including every veggie too, calling them “superfoods” and charging the price of supplements for more of those all the time. I don’t think that helps people eat healthier. It should be illegal, because they put a high tax on things like cigarettes for being unhealthy, so they shouldn’t allow price gouging on the opposite. Stores charge more for anything with fewer ingredients now. So I have to come up with unusual food combinations to get around spending a fortune on a simple diet. I think if everyone ends up being vegan, we will all have to pay some kind of blood money for it anyway. Otherwise, the USDA food database is useful for looking up alternatives to those stupid superfoods (in my opinion), with plenty of nutrients instead. I think I’ll end up fasting with water half the time, if I get really good at this (not to be so cheap, just more efficient in a holistic way, perhaps). Right now I might be training myself with a more substantial liquid diet half the time. That’s pretty good (maybe my perference). I think it helps to take a break from being a digestive machine 24/7, or chewing like a cow all day. Some say that eating at night is a no no, but I seem to get more out of the calories that way, and some foods digest better when I’m dormant for several hours, like a bear hibernating gets more out of the food they eat too. Anyway, I don’t think veganism describes one experience or lifestyle, as there are a number of ways to go about it, and someone proabably has to want it to work for that to happen. A few reasons veganism might not work for those who would prefer it to, is that they didn’t balance the diet, which leads them to seek something else, or it was hard to figure out what foods were most tolerable, and understand enough about food safety in preparing them, or it cost too much to be convenient on the go. One way or another, I think it is worth feeling better and being compassionate about, just not always easy to do, even if you are convinced that it should be. Ultimately it would end up being easier though, if it’s only a matter of trial and error, which may take a long time. Maybe the same goes for convincing anyone else.