Why Vegan?


Wesley, my favorite cow on the planet.
Time and time again, readers are asking me about veganism and how it plays a role in my health and well-being, as well as why I chose to go vegan. I feel it is time to make a simple statement about this on the blog. Feel free to ask any questions you may have. If you don't agree with my views, that is quite alright, but please respect my choice to live compassionately.

Since the blog focuses so much on health, it is important for me to stress that while I did not go vegan for my health, I actually get to reap lots of rewards by adhering to a vegan diet. Many doctors and nutritionists believe that a plant-based diet wards off heart-disease, diabetes, keeps our bodies running cleaner and more efficiently, and can even have a positive effect on things like mood and reproductive cycles. As one example, Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., a renowned physician in the cardiology field, worked for decades with Cleveland Clinic curing peoples' heart disease by having them go on a specialized plant-based diet. Not only do I enjoy giving my body such wonderful fresh foods, I just feel so much better when I eat whole plant-based foods.

A blogger that I follow, Peacechicken, wrote a fantastic blog entry stating, "while the health benefits are nice, I ultimately chose to be vegan because I awoke to the absolutely horrific suffering that billions of animals endure every year at the hands of humans."

Naomi, a turkey we rescued.
That sums up my experiences, as well. I was vegetarian for many years before going vegan, and when I learned the truth behind the dairy and egg industries, it was only natural to stop consuming and using all animal products. I have been an animal-lover my entire life, and when I stopped to think about how I treated our family dogs and cats with the utmost respect and love, but I didn't think for one second what the mother cow endured in order to have her milk in my diet, I was completely saddened and sickened with myself. I believe that we, as a whole, are very desensitized as youth, and by the time we reach adulthood we are so removed from the process of what we eat that we don't even make the connection that these creatures on our plates are just like us - living, breathing, sentient beings that deserve the same amount of respect and freedom as we do.

If you are interested in learning more, I am happy to help. Also, on the right side of the blog there is a link to Renegade Health; they have a lot of amazing raw vegan recipes on their site, as well as a ton of other natural health information. I have happily been vegan for 6 years and will not ever go back to a lifestyle full of cruelty.

There is a great movie that I recommend everyone watch; "The feature film Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods." Obviously EDS is genetic, and POTS is secondary to EDS, but that only means we need to take even better care of ourselves. A preview of the movie is below, as well as the entire movie "Earthlings," if you would like to educate yourself - it is the movie that changed my life and made me want to be vegan. Thanks for taking the time to read this and become more informed about things you have the power to help change.


Forks Over Knives Trailer:





Full-Length Feature Film "Earthlings" Narrated by Joaquin Phoenix:





8 comments:

Elizabeth Vos said...

Thank you for posting about this! I'm shifting to veganism and have EDS type 3 as well. >hugs<

Anonymous said...

Thnks for sharing. I'm in the process as well! I also hve eds type 3 dysautonomia n pots

Brian Greene said...

While I respect your vegan choice I remain a meatatarian. Without raising animals for food many of these species wouldn't exist or would be cornered out of existence due to our propensity to take over every remaining natural habitat on our planet.

I do try to stay away from the meat that is polluted with antibiotics and hormones as I think they will ultimately be our downfall.

I do eat veggies like a vegan and I cannot go a single day without a fresh veggie or two of some type. I'm 41 years old and have only in the last year or two begun to explore veggies that I once turned my nose up to and I love them, the fresher the better as I think canned stuff is horribly bad for you as much as frozen tastes like something well frozen (yes I hate frozen veg).

I don't have EDS or anything else wrong other than my wife and most people I come into contact with telling me I'm "off".

Happened across the site while searching for heated sticky pads! The greatest invention since ever. Been using them for some back pain I've had as of late.

Take care, and I wish you the best. Remain strong in your fight against your ailments, but at the same time embrace them, without them you wouldn't be who you are or have the outlook on life you have. I'll pop in and check up on the blog from time to time.

What's the pets names you mentioned 2 cats and a dog and I saw the spotty dog in a photo. You can't mention them without naming them!

Drive-by post is drive-by.

Anonymous said...

I also have EDS, am vegan for ethical reasons, but feel so much healthier too.

I follow the McDougall diet, low-fat plant based diet. I have much more energy since starting it, which is something us EDSers struggle with!

I also gave up gluten which has helped a lot.

Anonymous said...

A high fat, low fruit Vegan diet does wonders.

Thainan Salvador said...

Olá, meu nome é Thainan Salvador, tenho 25 anos e fui diagnosticada com EDS a poucos meses, tenho um história parecida com a de vocês. Estou sendo acompanhada por uma junta médica do Hospital das Clinicas de São Paulo Brasil, meu nutricionista enfatizou a necessidade do reforço do consumo de proteínas animais e sintéticas, com o intuito da regeneração muscular, ai eu pergunto como é possível ser Vegan?...
Nunca consumi muita carne, pois a digestão é muito lenta e incomoda, como alcançar o equilíbrio alimenta?
tenho me perguntado isso a algum tempo!

Unknown said...

HI,
Love to read about your veganism. I'm EDS 3, too... and was kind of vegan for 2 years (also a moral decision). But I had problems with my skin, my nails. I really follow my protein consumption and all the "rules" for being a healthy-vegan... but didn't work. I made an experiment: eating red meat once a week (only changed that, no more). Like magic, the pain was less, my nails and skin began to recover and... well, against my principles and moral convictions, decided to eat meat again. I don't want to be worse but I feel so bad about it. I have eaten meat the last 6 months, and not being confortable yet. (sorry my English, writing you from Mexico).

sarah holmes said...

hello "unknown" I have EDS3 POTS and MCAS. I am also a nutritionist. There is no easy answer on the diet aspect. You need to eat what your body can absorb well. So in your case obviously meat is better unless you are doing supplements. You can try collagen from Great Lakes. Vitamin C and Nutritional Yeast...many good supplements out there. There is many things you can add to not eat meat but even with trying everything I have to eat meat also unfortunately. Be blessed and don't feel guilty, that is not good for your health! much healing - zebra friend.
P.S Love this blog! xx