Superfoods or Chemotherapy?

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Let’s talk about Cancer.

Have you ever heard of Vincristine? I am betting and hoping not!

Vincristine is first and foremost a plant alkaloid–which means that it comes only from plants. Vincristine naturally fights cancer. Natural sources of Vincristine can be found in well-known antioxidant-rich superfoods.

But more widely known, Vincristine is used as chemotherapy to fight Cancer. Vincristine Chemotherapy is made by growing massive amounts of algae and extracting the needed compound to help kill cancer. Then chemotherapy is administered. One gram of Vincristine costs $28,000.00 US dollars.

What does this tell us?

Cancer can be fought every single day by eating the right foods. “Chemotherapy” can take place three times per day depending on what we choose to put on our plates and into our bodies.

So why aren’t the medical industry and Big Pharma telling us that the way to reach homeostasis and optimal health is with a WFPB diet? Because a healthy population won’t support the current medical industry model the US has in place! The current model is disease management, not a “healthcare system.” 

Plants not only have the ability to curb cancer promotion in the body, but they also have the ability to treat and cure cancer. Did you know that everyone has cancer in their body?  Some people promote the growth of cancer cells by eating foods that promote intense cell growth, and some people eat foods that do not promote and even reverse the growth of cancer in the body. We live in a society that has grown to put an incredible amount of emphasis on getting lots and lots of animal protein so that we can grow and grow! And it’s not hard to see that we’ve succeeded in doing so with more than half of our population riddled with obesity. But what most people don’t realize is that animal-based proteins also support the growth of disease in the body.

Cells are constantly multiplying to keep themselves, and us alive. During this process, if a “mistake” is made a cancer cell will be produced. What hopefully, and usually happens is that the new damaged cell will realize that it’s weak and it will, with help of other cells kill itself off (apoptosis). If the body is full of cancer-fighting nutrition this will likely happen and cancer will never go from the initiation stage to the promotion stage. But, when this does not happen, and these damaged cells lose communication with the rest of the cells in the body it doesn’t know what to do and it begins to multiply at a rapid rate.

Additionally, the process of blood vessel development is called angiogenesis–If angiogenesis is “out of whack” it can end up feeding and supporting the cancer cells growth. Eating a WFPB diet is high in antioxidants which helps keeps damaged and diseased cells from multiplying. Furthermore, eating a Whole Food Plant Based Diet allows for angiogenesis, the production of new blood vessels, to live in “the Goldie Lox” state. Why is this important? Simply put, blood vessels feed and support cells, so if blood vessels are being developed at a higher rate than needed, cells, including cancer cells will multiply more rapidly. When angiogenesis is in the Goldie Lox state production is just right.

On the other hand, eating a diet high in animal-based proteins helps the damaged cancer cells to grow and multiply! Additionally, animal-based proteins do not affect angiogenesis thus, they do not help blood vessel production to reach the “Goldie Lox Zone.”

There is a plethora of science-based evidence to prove over and over again that the best prescription for cancer prevention and a cancer diagnosis is the whole-food plant-based diet. And all of this evidence is right at our fingertips–so, let’s not tie our hands behind our backs and put our lives in the hands of those who only wish to manage disease and make money, but not treat the true causes of such diseases, or provide proper information on how to best prevent disease in the first place. 

Love always + live well

-NL

The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

My personal non-medical suggestion is to always seek out a medical professional that has a background in nutrition and employs a holistic, functional medicine approach. 

Zach Bush, M.D. On GMO’s, Glyphosate & Healing The Gut

Cancer: Is It Just Bad Luck or Failed Research?

Diet, Cancer and Whole Food – Dr. T. Colin Campbell – Healthytarian Living

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Protein Paradigm

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As a child, I can remember sitting at the dinner table with a plate of BBQ pork chops in front of me. I can remember the color and groove of the plate, the design of the BBQ sauce bottle, and how much I did not want to eat the meat on my plate. I didn’t like it– it was chewy, and at a young age I already knew the only reason it had any flavor was because it was smothered in sauce. I was grossed out and sad; sad because regardless of the fact that I didn’t like the meat, I had to eat a decent portion of it to satisfy my stepfather. I don’t believe he was forcing me to eat it to punish me– he was probably just trying to make sure that I got enough protein so that I could grow into a strong and healthy adult.

I don’t remember the exact moment I made the connection between the food on my plate and the cute piggies I surely loved, but it happened and I became vegetarian throughout most of my childhood. I loved animals and I didn’t love the flavors or textures of eating them, so it made sense to my pure mind to keep them off my plate. But then I grew up and let that purity slide out of my hands in exchange for a hot dog, and a chicken finger. I can only imagine that this happened at an age where I was more concerned about myself, and what others thought of me than anything else.

I became vegetarian again later on in life when I finally stopped caring about what others thought, and I had a pretty firm grasp on who I was. This time my reasoning was that I loved animals and felt guilty about eating them, but I still concluded that “animal protein is superior to plant protein”. At this time I still lived in the paradigm that most of us live in– Animal protein might not be necessary, but it is superior, and we need large amounts of protein to grow, heal and be healthy.  

Luckily my last vegetarian run stuck, and I stayed vegetarian for three years; during which time I did much growing, and realized that one day I would absolutely be vegan! It turns out that I had been wrong about plant proteins’ inferiority to animal protein– yet, I still had no clue about how horrifically the animals were treated– animals that I had always claimed to love.

I had learned from scientists, teachers, parents, the media, friends and medical professionals that eating animals is a necessity and protein is always needed in large amounts. It’s safe to say that most Americans had learned this as well, thus we have all been operating in this protein paradigm for as far back as we can remember. It has shaped our diets, how we view other species and our world, advertising, what we view as healthy, and even what we view as gross when it comes to food (i.e. when someone says vegetables are gross but they’re literally eating a dead bird). Paradigms are ideas that we, over time, accept as truths and, they, good or bad, shape our realities and how we operate and view the world. Because of this, it is incredibly tough to accept ideas and information that prove to poke holes in our realities.   

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I can now look back and recognize where my paradigm began to shift. As I learned more about true health, I started to seek out more and more science-based information. I started to watch those dreadful documentaries where you see all the things you hope you can ignore for the rest of your life. I started reading books, following doctors, listening to podcasts, learning to cook elaborate and healthy plant-based meals, and I began to see that the lens in which I viewed the world was not the right prescription and needed much adjusting. For many, all of this might have been frightening–admitting that maybe the way they have lived the majority of their lives wasn’t actually right, and then taking on the task of a complete life makeover. But it brought me to life, or more accurately it restored me. As a child, I was an animal lover, and as an adult I became passionate about nutrition and health, thus learning that a plant-based diet and a vegan lifestyle was my new path allowed me to honor who I truly am.

It’s important to recognize that we view the world through a lens that we did not create on our own. We listen to our elders, our superiors, our peers, the supposed experts and the media. And we accept the ideas that the majority presents as truth. Any good scientist will tell you that science does not ever truly prove anything, it simply attempts to prove or disprove something that we already believe, or hope to be true. Thus, we must not be so eager, or even lazy, to just believe what we are told, as later on down the line we will learn that the consequences may be hard to swallow. Accepting the readymade truths that the world around us offers and living our lives according to these so-called-truths may drastically hinder our ability to grow and be our true selves.

I am grateful that after years of learning, contemplation, and growth my paradigm had finally shifted. And in my new one, eating large amounts of protein is not, at all, necessary and can actually shorten lifespan if too much is consumed. And animals are my friends and eating them is bad for my health. And that is not, ever, hard to swallow. I only wish that I had checked my worldview prescription sooner.

Love always + live well

-NL

p.s.

Another view I have worked to change is how I see rodents and insects. I have always been squeamish and viewed insects as pests, but was not excited about having to kill a bug to eradicate the problem. At some point, I realized that a bug stuck in my house has a purpose on earth; different than mine, but no less important. So, I started to appreciate and respect them. Previously I would have killed a cockroach or a fly, but now I take a moment to recognize the little life in these beings and I trap and release. It’s no longer an anxiety-filled experience full of chasing around a bug, smashing it, making sure it’s actually dead and then holding my breath and as I clean up a mess of blood and guts; rather it’s a small, calm and connected rescue mission. Learning to view insects and rodents as beings living their lives has allowed for more peace in mine. We can always work to change our perspectives and paradigms. What views have you changed lately, and how have they positively affected your life?  

Veganism has made me a better person, but I am not better than you

I have been asked in different ways if I feel as though I am better than others because I am Vegan. And in all honesty, if that question needs to be posed, then that interaction most likely left the inquisitor feeling as though I felt I was in fact, better. And if they felt that way, it’s quite possible that in those moments I did feel more noble or deserving of all that is good than those that are not (yet) Vegan.  I can certainly recall moments in my early days of Veganism where I felt a lack of love towards anyone that wasn’t making the same choice as me.

But more than a one-on-one discussion about possible feelings of superiority, I have witnessed non-vegans all across the internet making big claims that all Vegans think they are better than others. On the other side of that, I have witnessed many Vegans proudly proclaiming their supremacy over non-vegans. And all of this is wrong.

I’m a passion-fueled being which means that if I am doing something, it’s because I really, really care about it. If I’m labeling myself, and identifying with a group, it’s because I truly believe there is every reason in the world to do so. I am not usually one to label myself as it has always felt like some kind of trap, and simply an unnatural way of being. But I am Vegan, and I am proud of that. Veganism, for me, has been a journey and it continues to be an exploration of self and the world.

As I mentioned, passion is important to me, so I don’t simply do something lightly and move on–I give the things I care about my all. So, when I started on my path of Veganism I looked at it as though I needed to immerse myself in it; I needed to learn all that I could and I still do feel this way. I was quickly exposed to a plethora of new information on the cruelty of the animal agriculture industry. I learned that many organizations that claim to care about our health, do not care about our health. I learned that this planet that we all call home is struggling, and a main cause of that is due to our massive animal agricultural industry.

For the sake of staying on subject, I cannot begin to go into detail about all that I have learned that has led me to believe that Veganism is the very best choice that I could ever make. But I can tell you that when I learn of horrid acts of animal cruelty, I am sad. And when I see my brothers and sisters not caring about our dying Earth, I am angry.  And when I see a friend in the hospital with Diabetes because they were never told by their health-care provider that a plant-based diet is what they need to stay healthy, I am frustrated. I want this world to be a better place; I want the home that we share to be a peaceful place for all sentient-beings, and I want our Earth and my brothers and sisters to be well.

I know there are many Vegans who do feel they are better than those who eat the flesh and secretions of non-human animals. But there are also many who don’t, and I am one of them. Veganism has been the single best decision I have ever made because it has made me, and continues to make me, a more compassionate person. As I was learning how to be my “new-vegan self” I had to relearn how to view the world and how to interact with others who were not vegan. And It was not easy at first–it was awkward and I had growing pains. But I am a thinker, and I always try to learn from life so, eventually, I learned how to be who I have always been, but, as a Vegan. And who I am is a compassionate, passionate, loving-child of the Earth. When I ask myself “why did I go Vegan?” the answer is simple: because I want to be the most compassionate person I can be. To be the most compassionate person I can be is to be compassionate in all ways and to all beings.

If we are to define our greatness by one choice in our lives, then we are missing every other opportunity to become even greater. Veganism has not only taught me to be more compassionate to myself, animals, and humans, but it has taught me that life is an opportunity to get it right. I know many non-vegans who dedicate their lives to helping others. I see simple acts of kindness and love carried out each day by those that eat animals. I learn how to be a better person from people of all walks of life.

Although I am Vegan because I believe (based on empathy and facts) with every fiber of my being that it is the right thing to do, I cannot decide that it makes me better than others who do so much to make this world a better place. All I can do is learn from them and hope that they can learn from me.

Do I want  the world to go Vegan? Of course I do, but I will work towards this goal with compassion, not force.

I strive to be a decent human, I aim to teach what I learn, and I hope to inspire change. We can all do better, and we can all be better–I believe we can agree on that.

Love always & live well

-NL

 

The Beauty of Change

I went to makeup school. For several years I would spend over an hour applying all kinds of makeup to cover this and enhance that.

I used to spend 400 bucks getting my hair done. I would curl it and straighten it several times a week.

I used to love going to swanky steakhouses and order a medium-rare Filet Mignon and drink red wine until I was mumbling.

I used to stock my closet with club dresses and heels that gifted me with the joy of bunions, and tag along with friends to clubs where I had to drink in excess to provide myself with the illusion that I was having a good time. All the while feeling physically uncomfortable and beyond socially awkward.

I refused to dissect a worm in high school biology class because any squirmy thing gave me the willies.

I once told someone I could never be vegan and that while I enjoyed plant protein sources I felt it was inferior to animal protein sources.

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Here I can be found with a head of grey hair, no makeup, and willingly sticking my hands into worm castings–more specifically in this photo I am picking a worm out of the soil we are collecting at our local community garden and placing it back into the earth from which it came. I can’t recall the last time I took out my straightener, and I only spend more than 10 minutes applying makeup if it’s for an event as big as a wedding. I would never again consider eating animal flesh, and I am so incredibly proud to call myself a healthy, happy vegan with great protein levels.

I didn’t just decide to stop dying my hair.
I didn’t just decide to stop taking an hour to paint my face.
I didn’t just say “to heck with it I am touching worm shit now.”

And I didn’t just get up one day and change my mind about eating animals.

Conversely, I took the time to listen to my soul. I got to know myself and slowly stripped away what I had learned I needed to be and how I needed to look to “fit into” society. I shed what was no longer serving me, and I still am.

At the wonderful age of 31, I feel more like a child than I have since I was a child and there is a very good reason for that– I have become myself again. When I was a little kid I was vegetarian for many years because of my love for animals as well as my honest disinterest in the tastes and textures of animal flesh. I was goofy and silly, carefree and beyond sensitive and compassionate. I spent many of my summer days at the grandparent’s pool saving the bugs that had made their way into the water. I ran around naked as much as possible and had hair past my little butt. I loved twirling around and feeling free.

But the influences of our peers and society are strong and none of us are immune to that fact. In today’s day and age, it is easier than ever to be influenced without even questioning what we are doing and we quickly end up taking on the ideals of others. We forget who we were when we were young and innocent and we start becoming someone other than ourselves. And over time we don’t even realize that this has happened.

At some point a few years back I started feeling like everything I was and all that I did was not right. I wasn’t sure why, but I just knew that I needed to change my life. So I started doing that, and one by one I let go of things that didn’t feel organic; step by step I became my true self again. By growing I returned home.

When we say that people can’t change or grow I think we are really recognizing the inability to take charge and change things in our own lives.

In 2018 I intend to continue honoring myself by connecting with and listening to my soul, and I hope that you find the courage and strength to join me.

Love always in all ways

– NL

A Day in The Life of The Hunted

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Is the Golden Rule (do unto others as you would have them do unto you) exclusive to humans? Our actions point to yes

 

 

Imagine going about your day just living as you usually do. Everything seems fine but what you don’t know is that someone is dressed up in special clothing so that you won’t be able to detect them; they are wearing special scents so you can’t smell them and they are hiding behind walls, doors, trees, and couches so if you do sense that something feels off, you won’t be able to pinpoint where your fear is stemming from.

They have a weapon loaded and they are ready to kill you.

You are oblivious, but they are hunting you. You didn’t consent to the “game of hunting”, but they feel that somehow this one-sided pursuit is a game that you are both a part of.
And then it happens. You’re hit. You feel pain and fear and then you’re dead.
Your loved ones are lost and confused without you. They don’t understand why you’re gone.
Your child will not have you there to protect them and teach them everything they need to know.
Your family will never function the same. Your friends will miss spending time with you.
Your death will affect so much more than just you, and the world will never be the same without you in it.
And with your death, the human being who hunted you feels as though they did something courageous and necessary.
They felt brave behind their weapon when you stood oblivious and unable to defend yourself.
They felt it necessary to take your life but you know that it really wasn’t.
They feel that you are now a trophy, and they keep a piece of your body to remind them of the time they stalked you and murdered you. They feel what they did is morally okay because:
“it’s the circle of life”
“they are helping the planet and the area in which you lived”
“it is something people have been doing since the beginning of time”
“they need to eat you to live because people need to eat flesh”
But these are all statements that can be easily disproved so, in the end, you died for no reason at all.
I can tell you one truth from this tragedy– I would mourn your loss. I would grieve for you. I would cry tears because the world lost you and you were beautiful and perfect. You were put on this Earth just the same as me, just the same as all of US and you deserved to be here. And lastly, I would spend the rest of my life trying to help everyone on this beautiful planet do everything in, and with love.
Because what happened to you was not fair and I know you deserved better.
#speciesism 
Love always & live well
– NL

The Truth Really Does Hurt [us and them]

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(how we’d prefer to see them, right?)

As I closed my eyes to nap on the plane ride to Mexico City, I began thinking about all of the amazing cruelty-free food options I was about to be presented with. Mexico City has a very large vegan population and the city is dotted with vegan restaurants and several grocery stores. I felt so calm thinking about how nice it is to be able to not only nourish myself but also enjoy myself with foods that do not require harm and death.

And then it started; flashes of every video and pictures of animals being tortured and killed that I have had the sadness to see…

Cows being beaten with hammers.

Baby pigs being held by their hind legs and smashed repeatedly against the wall until they die. (common practice called thumping)

Baby lambs having their tails cut off and thrown on the floor so that shearing them becomes an easier task.

Chickens being stepped and stomped on.

Geese being so scared that they tried to escape and ended up piling on top of each other and most of them suffocated. I watched that–the geese flailing about, trying to get air, twitching until their lungs finally gave out and ironically gave them reprieve.

Workers taking turns belly flopping on pigs for fun and laughing when they’d die.

Rabbits with their skin burned off so that beauty companies can decide if a new chemical is safe for human application. (is taking the time to research cruelty free-vegan products a bigger inconvenience than the inconvenient life these animals will endure for their entire existence?)

Male baby chicks being forced into a grinder while they’re alive as they try to escape because their FEAR is real.

Male baby chicks being thrown in boiling water alive and screaming out of pain. (Because of the egg industry all male chicks are murdered upon birth as they serve no purpose)

Foxes being overfed so they’re so obese that they can’t move at all for the sake of fur.

A Mink being skinned alive so someone can wear her and feel luxurious.

Name an animal and I will tell you how they are being tortured right now by the hundred thousand, even millions. You’re probably wondering why I continue to expose myself to these horrible images and videos, well the answer is simple: Because we have to. We must open our eyes up to the suffering created at hands of man so that we can keep on fighting for what we believe in. I personally need the sadness and tears–I need the fire in my heart and the anger in my mind so I can stay fueled for one purpose: to spread compassion.

Compassion is not torture.

Compassion is not slavery.

Compassion is not murder.

Compassion is not injustice.

Compassion is not indifference.

 

Compassion is love.

Compassion is justice.

Compassion is respect.

Compassion is kindness.

We say we love animals. But what we mean by that is that we love some of them.

We do not love pigs, lambs, sheep, chickens, and turkeys.

Love is nowhere to be found in the way these animals are treated, and they are treated horribly because WE demand it with our dollars and our ignorance.

Dairy, meat and other animal exploitation companies want us to believe that what they are doing is acceptable. These companies spend 550 million dollars a year turning a negative into a positive (a very popular marketing strategy) so that we won’t see the very sad, grotesque and infuriating truth.

Here are a few common examples:

Instead of telling the truth about how 46 million turkeys are tortured and then murdered for our Thanksgiving meal we are shown cute photos of turkeys. Turkeys are salt and pepper shakers! Cloth turkeys are blown up and placed in people’s yard. We even call it Turkey Day, yet any other recognized “Day” usually doesn’t end in the killing of the being that is being recognized. (i.e. national puppy day, mother’s day, shark week)

Dairy and cheese commercials use a cow character and show how she is part of the family, looking after the kids as they go to school… When in reality she is being confined to a space so small that she can’t move, being repeatedly raped and then having her babies taken away from her over and over again.

How many chicken restaurants have you seen that have a chicken as their mascot? Why are we killing and eating our mascots? Is that not strange?

550 million dollars a year is spent with the sole purpose of keeping us blind, compliant and willing to spend our money so that these companies can continue to enslave, torture and murder innocent, sweet and loving beings that want nothing more than love and freedom.

Are we a compassionate species who self-reflects and takes care of those that need us?

Or are we a species that makes decisions without questioning ourselves and in turn causes horrific violence, terror, and murder every single second of every single day?

I believe we are truly compassionate and loving at heart. Let’s be kind, loving, thoughtful and compassionate. Let’s be who we believe we are. Let’s take the time to think about what we support. I know we have it in us. 

Love always & live well 

– NL

 

Bravo to Cave Men for Surviving!

A big argument in support of eating meat is that humans have been eating meat from the beginning of time. I will not question the validity of the statement “humans have been eating meat from the beginning of time”, although I certainly could as this is a blanket statement that does not provide enough information or statistics to properly support an argument worth debating. 

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Instead I pose two questions directed at our ancestors and then at us:  

Why? Why did humans hunt, kill and eat animals in the time of the cave man?

There is one answer: To survive. When our ancestors could not harvest fruits, vegetables, plants, nuts and seeds due to travel or weather conditions they killed an animal to eat it for survival. 

What was the outcome? They survived (bravo ancestors!)

Why do present day humans eat meat? The answer is no longer survival. Present day humans do not face the same challenges as our ancestors when it comes to locating a proper food source.  

 The answer is that it is done out of habit, for the enjoyment of taste and because of misinformation.

What is our outcome? Heart disease, obesity, diabetes, death, deforestation, global warming, world hunger, species extinction, water depletion, and the murder of over 56 billion beings each year (not including fish and sea creatures–the number is so great that it surpasses the hundred billions!)  

Now we are in fact doing the exact opposite of what we need to do to survive!– we are killing ourselves by eating animals. we are literally not surviving, and we are destroying our planet as well.   

To provide integrity to the argument that meat was eaten by our ancestors so we should be eating it as well, we need to include why they ate meat, what it did for them, and what it currently does for us. And in doing so we realize that what it did for them, it does the exact opposite for us. When we take the time to ask questions and self-reflect we see that this argument quickly disproves itself.

And if we are truly concerned with the survival of our ancestors then we should be concerned with our own survival, (which of course includes the survival of our planet) and stop eating animals flesh and their secretions altogether.

Love always & live well 

 – NL

“Why Are You Vegan?”

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I currently work with around 120 people and I am pretty sure that at least 90 of them know that I’m a vegan. I could certainly insert overused-annoying joke “how do you know someone’s vegan…” here, but the truth is I have probably discussed my lifestyle with no more than a handful of my co-workers. But my co-workers are kind and they always offer to share their cake and breakfast pastries, and I am always the one to politely decline. When one always says no to such offerings, people naturally become curious and start asking questions. And when I’m eating lunch and it looks wholly different than everyone else’s food people want to know what I’m eating–Curiosity is how my veganism got out. Now let me be clear, I am proud of my choice, but making everyone aware of my choices is not how I lead my conversations, yet should the topic of veganism naturally finds its way into the conversation I am glad to exclaim who I am and the choices I’ve made.
Several times a week someone comes up to me while I am eating to ask what I’m eating, or explain how they could never be vegan, or explain that they really don’t eat that much meat, or express how they’d literally starve if they ate the way I ate–this last one truly tickles me because I am right there not starving, alive as ever, in front of their curious and perplexed faces!

I find the people who feel the need to tell me that they don’t eat too much meat to be the most interesting as, clearly, they feel that they need to explain themselves to me without any sort of initial provocation on my part. I understand that my mere existence and lifestyle choice can easily make some feel uncomfortable, so when people automatically confess their animal eating habits, I simply nod and say “okay”–I know that most people don’t realize how many different animals they ingest every single day and I don’t feel it’s the proper time to “open their eyes”. Talking to people about veganism is incredibly important, and if you want to have the right impact on them you need to be careful about your timing and approach.
But my favorite interaction involves the question “why are you vegan?” because this question shows me that someone is curious about my choices and is, through no doing of mine, willing to listen to something that might make them uncomfortable.
The answer I provide is somewhat like this:

“First and foremost, I am an animal lover. I see no difference between a dog and a cow, or a dog a pig! I am a big lover of all animals and do not want to add to their suffering and ultimately untimely death. In addition, animal agriculture is one of the leading causes of climate change, deforestation, animal extinction, world hunger, obesity and much more and I would prefer not to be part of an industry that so vastly, and negatively affects this world and its inhabitants. Lastly, the health benefits of a whole food plant based diet alone should be enough for anyone to make the switch. People who eat a WFPB diet are at a much lower risk of ever being diagnosed with cancer, heart disease, diabetes or obesity.
That’s my face-to-face short answers when I am speaking to people whom I don’t know very well. I don’t want to make anyone feel bad, I don’t want people to be turned off from the idea of a plant-based diet, and I, of course, want my peers to feel comfortable with approaching me on the subject of food!

But there’s more to that answer, and well, the internet just makes us all compelled to share it all, doesn’t it?
I used to love cheeseburgers, but that was before I knew what I know now.
What I know now is that for me to have enjoyed those cheeseburgers, which was not a necessity in the least bit, many bad things had to happen, and many bad things would occur.
First off, what was between the bun: cheese—cheese offers absolutely no benefit to the human body, it is not part of a healthy diet, and can promote digestive issues and disease in the body (i.e. cancer, diabetes, heart disease and obesity). Cheese is made with milk from a cow’s tit, and that milk is most likely full of puss and bacteria–none of which is intended for human consumption. The milk from the tit of that cow was intended for someone though–the baby calf who will no longer be able to consume it, whom will most likely never be able to see its mother again; whom will be ripped away from her to be tortured and killed, or just tortured until it’s too old and then killed, or left to die. The mother will feel emotional anguish and grave concern, wondering where her baby went while the life juice intended for her baby is sucked out of her body for our unnecessary consumption.

Under that cheese is the bleeding flesh of a dead animal. A dead animal who was held captive, raped, and tortured while being aware of its bleak existence, and ultimately murdered for, again, absolutely no real reason other than my need to enjoy a meal that provides zero goodness for my body.
What I also learned is that that quarter pound of beef on my plate took 110 gallons of water to produce, and about 3 lbs of grain.
About 70% of all grain production in the US is produced to feed cows.
In one year eating an omnivorous diet uses 1, 533,000 gallons of water vs a plant-based diet coming in at a much lower 109,500 gallons per year.
I learned that forests are being destroyed so that cows could, unwillingly inhabit these areas, leaving other animals without a home and to eventually die off and become extinct.
I learned that beef offers no health benefits, causes obesity, heart disease, cancer, and almost every digestive issue on the planet.

So, in short, that is why I am vegan.

For the animals, for our future generations, for this amazing planet, and for myself. I live consciously and I think about every choice I make, and because of that, there is no other option for me than to be vegan.

Love always + live well

-NL

To learn about more reasons why one might decide to be vegan check out this more recent blog post !

The Exclusive Human Ability to Self-Reflect has morphed into Absolute Power

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There are over eight million species on this planet. One of them is human and the rest are collectively known as animals. There is one ability that sets the human species apart from animals, and that is self-reflection.

Simply put, self-reflection is serious thought about one’s character, actions, and motives.

Animals do not have the ability to self-reflect but they do still feel pain, happiness, sadness, fear, and joy.

When a mother cow watches a human take her newborn baby away from her she does not think “That human is taking my baby away from me so that other humans can have my milk and my baby will probably be killed soon for veal” but she does have the ability to feel scared, worried and sad.

When an elephant loses a tribe member to poachers it does not think “Humans kill us because they think our tusks will make their lives better. They sell pieces of us and I think that is wrong” but it does grieve for a long time and practice mourning rituals to in a sense, honor the dead.

When an alligator is attacked in the middle of the night by a group of men it does not think “Why are these men attacking me and what do they want?!” But they are in fear, and they do feel the physical pain of the weapons being used to take their life.

This self-reflection is what gives us the power to affect the reality of our entire world, our environments, the experiences of others and the realities of all other species. We have dominion or control over the other species of this world and what are we doing with it?

Does dominion mean to take advantage of or to take care of? From what I see every single day it appears that it means to take advantage of.

To me, it doesn’t seem as though we are using our exclusive ability to self-reflect. If we were self-reflecting would we be so happily and mindlessly causing so much pain and terror in this world?; would we be destroying our earth and its inhabitants?

Are we using our power for good or for evil?

The answer is up to us.

Love always & live well

– NL