Eating a vegan diet can be one of the most fulfilling, rewarding, and delicious decisions you ever make.
Some people assume vegans eat only bland, boring side dishes or salads, mostly because they wonder what we could possibly eat if we don't have the protein-packed main entree.
I can't tell you how often people switch diets and them tell me, "We eat so much more of a variety of different foods now."
Whether you decide to follow a plant-based diet for health reasons, to show compassion for all living beings, to protect the environment, or simply because you don't like the taste of meat, you are choosing an amazing, enriching diet.
People sometimes ask me if I can eat something, and it makes me giggle inside. I choose to eat the way I do; no one tells me one way or the other. For that reason, I never think of my life in terms of what I cannot eat, but instead focus on what I do and will eat.
Eating real, whole food makes you feel amazing, and your body is trying to tell you something: feed me more of that food! It's time we all stop listening to fad diets and start listening to the real truth we have hidden inside of us.
Are you thinking about quitting animal products but aren't quite there yet?
Your doctor might have advised you to start a plant-based diet, or maybe a friend recommended you to a great book like The China Study, and now you're searching for a more natural, holistic way to rid yourself of chronic illness.
You can prevent heart disease, lose weight, lower your cholesterol levels, and even reverse your diabetes with a vegan diet.
Maybe you are an animal lover and you want to stop supporting the animal agriculture industry in which animals are systematically brutalized in order to provide meat and dairy for the wealthiest nations. Maybe you simply don't believe in eating other creatures.
Or perhaps you are an environmentalist and you realize that humans are eating Earth dry of natural animals and have since started mass producing farm animals, which pollutes and destroys our water, soil, and air.
And maybe you're just curious about the benefits of a vegan lifestyle and want to see if you can fit it into your own world. We don't want to judge you or make you feel inadequate. We believe that any and all animal products that you remove from your diet will make a difference.
Deciding to stop eating meat and dairy can be challenging
Most of us grew up eating and enjoying meat, fish, milk, eggs, and cheese, and have made the personal decision to change our lives. I stopped eating meat in 1993, but I still ate seafood, eggs, and dairy until 2007 when I decided to give it all up.
I still remember how it feels...
Now I can see that all that worry was completely normal, but also unnecessary. It was easier than I ever thought it would be to change my diet and life and I felt so much better.
You are not alone in this process. My goal is to share the wealth of information I've accumulated over the years and ease or improve your transition to a new, healthy, plant-based diet.
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