When I became vegan 37 (pre-internet) years ago, there was little information available and we didn't know if the vegan way of life would even be beneficial. We didn't know if vegans could remain healthy without eating any animal products. Thirty-seven unwavering vegan years later - I hope to inspire you and let you know that we CAN live vegan, long-term. We can live without intentionally inflicting violence on other animals. We can make a stand and not be a part of the cruelty of needlessly enslaving, objectifying, and assaulting fellow feeling animals. We can be forerunners of a world where anyone sentient has their basic birth rights respected, because they are perceptually-aware, conscious, and feeling. Unlike plants and objects, animals; both human and nonhuman, have the capacity to suffer and the desire to want to live ~ and to live free from harm.
You can look forward to walking the earth with this same satisfying feeling one day soon. There are rewards for you too. I've not needed to take a pharmaceutical or visit a doctor, hardly ever. I once lived with 35 vegans and every one of us felt our health improve after we became vegan. There’s no health guarantees, but chances are – if you eat a balanced whole foods plant-powered diet ensuring you get all necessary nutrients, you will become healthier. What you need to know in a nutshell: supplement with sublingual vegan Vitamin B12, get some sunshine every day for the natural and optimal way to obtain Vitamin D (and if you don’t get sunshine, please supplement with Vitamin D2, or one of the new brands of vegan Vitamin D3; which is generally not vegan), have a daily intake of omega 3 fats in the way of walnuts, flax seeds, chia seeds, hempseed, purslane, etc. or supplement with algae-derived DHA/EPA supplement sometimes, eat calcium rich foods like dark leafy greens and almonds on a daily basis, eat iron-rich foods, and check your iodine if you are not eating seaweed or iodized salt. I recommend a green drink every day of fresh orange juice and plenty of dark leafy greens, blended with a piece of fruit. Don’t be scared by these recommendations – if you check the ingredient lists of nonvegan foods, you will see they are fortified; vitamins added in. Studies say that animal-food-consumers have to watch out for many nutrients that they are not getting that vegans have no problem with. I just want you to be optimally healthy – and we have figured out from studying vegans – what exactly you should check and ensure you are not deficient in. Eat plenty of raw fruit and salad. Particularly beneficial foods for vegans to include are broccoli, walnuts, tempeh, quinoa, abundant dark leafy greens (and better if blended into a green drink or smoothie), hemp-seeds, orange colored vegetables like sweet potatoes, butternut squash, or cooked carrots – as we vegans make our Vitamin A converted from beta-carotene. Here are 40 vegan foods and their health benefits – to help you decide which foods to eat. Finally, it would be beneficial to include sauerkraut (raw and homemade is best), kefir in plant milk, kombucha; fermented foods in your diet.
Thank-you for stepping it up and making a stand, because increasing the number of vegans on Earth will help heal the planet and all its inhabitants. When I became vegan, I didn't know any other vegans and it’s a real joy to know that I'm no longer alone and that more and more people are becoming vegan every day! We're on our way to making history!
Humanity adopting vegan living is the most significant social justice movement of our time, with the most far-reaching ramifications for a better, brighter world, and quite possibly the greatest hope for even having a future of life on Earth. According to the United Nations, Farming animals is the biggest culprit in global warming; which, according to some scientists, is a very serious threat to human life on Earth. Animal “agriculture” is also a major problem in environmental devastation and using up natural resources.
Most of the plants we grow are inefficiently cycled through animals - unnecessarily, when they could instead be fed to starving people, and we would then stop purposely breeding animals into existence only to be commodified, oppressed slaves. We can eat a plant-powered diet to combat environmental devastation and global warming and to live healthier, but we are vegan for the animals and opposing exploitation of anyone sentient. It turns out that vegan living has the potential to cure our ailing planet, both environmentally and sociologically. Human temperament will become less violent when people stop consuming death, misery and violence.