I have said to friends and family recently that I want to do something to make an impact in this world. I realized today I can blog about the reasons why I have chosen to live a vegan lifestyle and use this platform to clarify for others why I believe a vegan lifestyle is one of the most important things we can do for our health, for the health of this planet – and of course, to stop the senseless use of animals in a variety of ways that is simply no longer acceptable to me. I also plan to incorporate research to validate the science behind why it’s important as well as provide information on steps everyone can take to help make a difference on the environment to better the planet.
As I thought about a catchy title for this blog the word “veganista” popped into my head. It’s a mix between the word vegan and barista, obviously. I was a coffee barista in another lifetime so I’m going with that. I kind of like it!
My Choice to Become Vegan
I was a vegetarian for about a year in 2000-2001 and started a vegetarian diet in the end of 2014 for reasons I’ll explain at another time in this blog. I began my vegan lifestyle after hearing a speaker discuss the dire plight of our planet and days later watching the movie Earthlings – that was April 17th, 2015.
Since that day I have made major changes in all facets of my life. I embraced a vegan lifestyle and eat a plant-based diet, use cosmetics and body products that are cruelty-free, and am ending my use of leather, wool, silk, pearls, and any products that come from animals.
Being a vegan now is different from what it was like to be a vegetarian in the year 2001. There are hundreds of food options now that make it easy to be a vegan. Vegan food products have exploded and it’s easy when living in a city with a Whole Foods and a food co-op with many vegan choices. That being said, it is easy to be a vegan junk food junkie as well. In the past month I’ve hit the “reset” button and am eating mainly a raw vegan diet of fruits and vegetables.
Since my transition to this lifestyle I find peace and comfort in my daily life now more than ever before. As the title of this post alludes to – I’m a vegan not only for the animals, but also for the planet, and for my health. The food I eat does not clog my arteries, does not contain antibiotics or hormones, or carcinogens, which is incredibly important to me because I’m a breast cancer survivor. I believe the agriculture and dairy industry is deceiving people into believing we cannot live without meat protein and calcium from dairy. That is simply not true. A plant-based diet provides us with the nutrients and protein to be healthy! There is protein in green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, and broccoli as well as nuts and seeds. Some of the largest animals in the planet eat plants and they are thriving (i.e., elephants and gorillas) as well as beautiful creatures.
Future posts will go into more detail about how veganism is good for our planet and for our health. I am making a commitment now to myself, and to anyone who might read this blog, to provide information about how to make positive changes to improve personal health and the health of our planet.
With kindness, peace, & love,
Denise (the Veganista)