Diseases and health problems growing up as non-vegan/omnivore/carnist, whatever we want to call it:
- severe acne
- inflammatory bowel disease, supposedly for life
- psychosis (after hormonal treatment of above disease)
- regular flus
- regular colds
As a vegetarian
- flu and colds annually around New Years until I quit drinking alcohol
Now my diseases as vegan, non-drinker, non-smoker
Instead, inexplicable spurs of joy, like I was a newborn baby just finding out about life again. A feeling of extreme love and connection to everyone I see around me, no matter who it is or where.
Never have I missed the food I liked as non-vegan. With a bit of curiosity and creativity there are vegetarian and vegan alternatives to all of them, possible to make healthier, with less saturated fat, more vitamins and minerals and less additives. But I found that the taste of all the various vegetables, fruits, berries, nuts, seeds, cereals, legumes, herbs, algae, mushrooms in themselves is so good and can be combined in so many ways that I don’t need to. But it’s nice to know the option is there since it helps people change.
At times I feel sad and depressed from how slow we seem to learn to look beyond labels and respect one another as just another version of ourselves. I wish for everyone to start living a life without ever having to worry about cancer, flu, colds like I have learnt. Not knowing how to teach the people closest to me sometimes causes me to binge on food.. but my recovery is fast, and I’m learning new things every day.
My mother sometimes asks me ‘is there protein in that?’ when I eat. Yes, there is protein in all carbon-based life forms, it is not possible for cells to grow without it! Another question I’ve had is about B12. So I did my own research. Did you know that B12-deficiency is not particular to vegans at all? And that there is active B12 in various algae and seaweed? It is also possible to grow B12 in human intestines with the right bacterial flora, just like it is for other animals. So there is no need for artificial supplements!
Another equally important reason I am vegan: The number one cause of deforestation, climate change and wildlife species going extinct on our planet appears to be the growing of food for livestock. Consumption of dairy and meat is an acknowledged cause of many forms of cancer. These facts seems to be conveniently ignored most of mainstream culture, media and society, not put on the agenda despite all the work done by scientists around the world. It is a pity when people are scared of speaking the truth. But public figures and people in authority positions are no more in charge of peoples lives than anyone else, it only may seem that way depending on what perspective we choose to take. If we want to steer our spaceship (the pale blue dot we call Earth) in another direction we all can take the rudder, we don’t have to look at others or the past.
Let’s talk, be more open, listen and look for more information before jumping to conclusions
Since we like nature, some photos. Have you ever seen a hovercraft on a frozen lake before? Before I took the picture I hadn’t.