I have always wanted to stand for something greater than myself. Ever since I can remember, I have been the person who believes in the value of integrity and uplifting others despite society’s thirst for negative competition. I’ve always wanted my life to be more than just making tons of money, running businesses and caring for my family and friends. I believe that while we are here, we should get clear on our purpose and utilize that to serve others. To me, that is how we get to that fulfilled life that we all seek.
A few weeks ago a decided very firmly that I would adopt a vegan lifestyle. So far things have been going great and I haven’t looked back. However during this transition period, I have had to explain to colleagues, family members and friends this lifestyle change. Every single time I have been met with the same question, “Why?”.
It is important to say first that I didn’t make this decision lightly. I researched, and researched and researched some more. I dabbled in it, and then eventually made the firm and final decision over the course of about two months. During my quest for knowledge, I found that there really isn’t one single reason why I chose to adopt this lifestyle. One thing I learned very early on, is that veganism is a multi-facted, multi level resolution to many things going on in our world today. Ultimately what I learned, is that vegans are standing up for something greater then themselves. I wanted to be a part of that.
However, the more I talk about it with people, the more I realize that there are 3 key reasons why I have decided to make this change, and they are the reasons why I will continue to move forward.
I Adopted This Lifestyle For My Health And Overall Wellbeing
I’m no doctor, and so I don’t claim to know everything about what my body needs and I certainly don’t want to claim that I know what other people need either. Whether or not the consumption of animal products is “healthy” for the human body serves as a major catalyst amongst vegans and non-vegans. I have read articles and seen wars waged in the comment section over this topic. Of course, you can find evidence to corroborate either side. However when I was researching, I did find an overwhelming amount of evidence that suggested eating meat and dairy were harmful to our overall health. I found articles, documentaries, and books accusing this “western” diet of pretty much all of our major illnesses, they even blame this diet for our obesity issues! That last one definitely struck a cord with me, as I have always struggled with my weight. I’ve tried every “diet” under the sun, I have even starved myself (another story for another day) in an effort to lose weight and maintain it. So when I was presented with this idea that eating more whole, natural foods like fruits and vegetables would solve weight issues, it made sense to me. It also made sense to me that eating this way would ward off many of our common illnesses and diseases (diabetes and heart disease just to name a few). I do believe what we choose to eat is important. So for my own health and in an effort to lose weight and maintain it easily, I decided veganism was the way to go.
I Adopted This Lifestyle For Our Environment
When we think about the issues with our environment, I am sure a few things come to mind. Some may be the burning of fossil fuels (pollution), deforestation, global warming/climate change, etc. One environmental hazard that is hardly talked about is our consumption of meat and dairy products. How the methane gases released from the animals is far more dangerous then CO2. How it takes an alarming amount of water and other resources just to produce one pound of meat. The list goes on. I recently watched a documentary on Netflix called Cowspiracy, if you are interested you should take a look. It will really open your eyes to the “hush-hush” situation we are in when it comes to discussing how our massive meat and dairy consumption is hurting the planet.
I Adopted This Lifestyle For The Animals
I have to admit a disclaimer right up front:
I have never had the guts to actually watch what happens to the animals in meat and dairy factories.
This is just something I couldn’t bring myself to do. I’d also like to add, that i’m the person that walks out of a movie theatre whenever a “torture-like” scene is about to happen…no matter what the movie is. I seriously become so disturbed that it is on my mind for weeks. Needless to say, I haven’t seen a horror or war type movie in a long time. And I haven’t seen the horror show that occurs in our meet and dairy factories everyday. When I would watch these documentaries, and they would begin to gear up to show some underground video that was capturing these actions…I skipped right over it. One thing I do know for certain, is that the amount of suffering that the animals have to endure is beyond ridiculous. No one should be okay with this….even if you say “It’s part of the food chain” or, “God put animals here for us to eat.” (these are real things some non-vegans say) I can’t get behind it. Of course the simple and obvious reason is because….If I can’t even watch what happens…why do I feel I get to have someone else do it and then eat it?
Before I went fully vegan I used to joke and say, “If I had to kill my own meat, I would be a vegetarian“…well….there is something inherently wrong with that isn’t it? For me personally, I felt it was wrong of me to know that suffering was taking place, ask someone else to do it for me, and turn a blind eye while I consumed it. Those series of events didn’t sit well with me, and so thus…veganism felt like the right thing to do.
Since I have adopted this lifestyle, I must say I have not missed animal products in the least. However, I have noticed in some odd moments (mostly when i’m super hungry) I do get these weird images of meat and I do catch myself thinking about it. But I have realized that is only due to my hunger, and when I eat my vegan meal I am completely satisfied. Veganism is a choice, and everyday when I choose what I decide to consume….I think about my reasons and it reinforces that this is the right path for me. I am excited about this journey, and I can’t wait to chronicle it here.
I plan to expand the entire vegan portion of this website, to cover vegan beauty products, vegan meals, and pretty much all things VEGAN. Livlovely.com is about living your life fulfilled in every way. To me, the choices we make for our lifestyle is part of that.
Thank you for reading, I would love to hear from you all. What do you think about veganism? Are you a new vegan yourself? I would love to connect with you on this journey! Are you a veteran vegan? I’d love to hear from you too! Thinking about going vegan but still on the fence? Why? Let me know in the comments below!!