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Why we are Vegan

Basic explanation of Vegan, and why we are Vegan

   In August 2006 our family (consisting of two parents and four daughters) switched our eating to a "whole foods plant based diet". Since then, we have faced the enormous misinformation and misconceptions that the general population seems to hold onto so vigorously, including many of our close friends and family. It has been a trying experience as it can sometimes be difficult to explain a plant based - vegan diet and it's associated benefits when we are learning about it ourselves.

   Here is what all this boils down to. We do not consume meat, dairy, or animal products. We do not consume prepared foods, modified foods (food with "enriched," "bleached," etc. in the ingredients list). We eat primarily fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes and whole grains in their natural form. Simply - we eat food produced naturally, and try to avoid food man produces.

   There are many reasons why we've adopted this "radical" eating style, as many have labeled it. We have gained  improved health, mental capacity, energy, and overall quality of life. More importantly, this is a long term view on health, something that will help us, our children, and anyone else who adopts similar principals into their eating practices.

   After we were vegan for months, we began to research plant-based diets and health. One startling fact that we discovered is that humans are herbivores. After reading, we realized consuming animal products is dangerous, unhealthy and will cause health problems, sickness and disease. Following is a non-comprehensive list of the most prevalent diseases scientifically proven to be caused by consuming animal products. Many can be reversed by no longer consuming animal products and instead eating a whole foods, plant based diet. Many can be avoided, or greatly reduce (up to 95% reduction) the chance of getting the disease by eating a whole foods, plant based diet.

   Diseases caused by consuming animal products:
  • Heart Disease (coronary disease/problems, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, etc)
  • Cancer (colon, lung, breast, leukemia, brain, stomach, liver, esophagus, prostate, etc.)
  • Obesity (carrying more then a third of a person above and beyond a healthy weight)
  • Diabetes (Type I and Type II)
  • Autoimmune Diseases (Graves' disease, Rheumatoid arthritis, Thyroiditis, Vitiligo, Pernicious anemia, Multiple sclerosis, Type I diabetes, etc.)
  • Osteoprosis
  • Kidney Stones
  • Blindness (Macular degeneration, cateracts, etc.)
  • Cognitive Dysfunction (memory loss, disorientation and confusion)
  • Alzheimer's Disease
   The above diseases and many others are currently increasing at alarming rates in the US. If you consume meat, milk, eggs, fish, fat and animal protein etc. you too are increasing your chances of getting one or more of them.

  By switching your diet to a whole foods, plant based diet you can greatly improve your health, and at the same time greatly decrease or even eliminate the chance of poor health as you age. Your diet choices have a direct relationship to the health and welfare of your childen. Change your diet and you will change the diet of your children, now and for their future, helping them avoid deteriorating heath and disease as they develop and age. Do not let blind acceptane of the status quo leave you and your loved ones closed minded about disease and health.
   Consider some statements by Dr. T. Colin Campball, PhD, from his book "The China Study:

   "Almost all of us in the United States will die of these (above listed) diseases of affluence." - page 105

   "When a whole foods, plant-based diet is demonstrably beneficial for such a wide variety of diseases, is it possible that humans were meant ot consumer any other diet? I say no, and I think you'll agree." - page 110

   "I've talked to so many people who say, 'I may not live as long as you health nuts, but I sure am going to enjoy the time I have by eating steaks whenever I want, smoking if I so choose and doing anything else that I want.' I grew up with these people, went to school with these people and made great friends with these people. Not long ago, one of my best friends suffered a difficult surgery for cancer and spent his last years paralyzed in a nursing home. During the many visits I made to the nursing home, I never failed to come away with a deep appreciation for the health I still possess in my old age (over 70). It was not uncommon for me to go to the nursing home to visit my friend and hear that one of the new patients in the home was someone whom my friend and I knew from our earlier days. Too often, they had Alzheimer's and were housed in a special section of the facility.
   The enjoyment of life, especially the second half of life, is greatly compromised if we can't see, if we can't think, if our kidneys don't work or if our bones are broken or fragile. I, for one, hope that I am able to fully enjoy not only the time in the present, but also the time in the future, with good health and independence." - page 222