Now that it's been a month since going vegan, a lot of the people close to me seem somewhat surprised or encouraged that I feel so great. A few people have even told me they are going to eat less meat, which is a great thing. But, some well-intentioned people still attempt to challenge my vegan values through various arguments ranging from environmental to economical to ethical.
It doesn't faze me. I haven't stepped into this blindly. I already know for a fact that I can be fully nourished through a vegan diet. Actually, it's healthier than an omnivorous one. I know I don't want to support the torture of animals (99% of meat is factory farmed in the U.S.). And I know the environmental impact is devastating. The thing is, I'm not a walking encyclopedia. I don't neccesarily have an adequate retort to every argument. And I don't need one. These 3 basic core values will not waver. Explain away. Tell me how bad soy is. Tell me about ethical farms. Tell me how I need supplements. Tell me humans were meant to eat meat. It's like trying to convince me to cut off my own arm. It's not happening, no matter what.
I have no explanation of why I suddenly changed, other than I woke up. 4 weeks later, I'm more awake than ever. I still tell people I've never felt better, and it's still true.
And I want to give a shout out to some organizations who have my back, yo.
Show some love for the American Heart Association:
Most vegetarian diets are low in or devoid of animal products. They’re also usually lower than nonvegetarian diets in total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol. Many studies have shown that vegetarians seem to have a lower risk of obesity, coronary heart disease (which causes heart attack), high blood pressure, diabetes mellitus and some forms of cancer. AHA
Take me out, Mayo Clinic:
No matter what your age or situation, a well-planned vegetarian diet can meet your nutritional needs. Even children and teenagers can do well on a plant-based diet, as can older people, and pregnant or breast-feeding women. Mayo Clinic