My Veganism Journey

Please watch this clear and informative video narrated by Sir Paul McCartney called “If Slaughterhouses Had Glass Walls, Everyone Would Be Vegetarian” on the inhumane practices around the world to factory farmed animals. He also touches on health and climate factors.

I adapted this from my fiance’s post but I have used my own personal experience in order to get my message out there prior to the pending resolution period of time at New Years.

I have been a runner and yoga enthusiast for about 30 years and active for most of my life and have been practicing Cardio Muay Thai for the last 7 years. I have a focused interest in performance, personal excellence and have been experimenting with diet and the effect thus on my body and energy.

I have had numerous influences on diet such as Body for Life, Atkins, Wheat Belly, How Not to Die, Smart Medicine for Healthier Living. Some of the concepts still apply but more needs to be adjusted. With climate change and advances in nutritional science, time has come to make improvements and application and understanding.

In 2016 Yoshinori Ohsumi won the Nobel prize for describing the process of autophagy where Intermittent Fasting (IF) can help with many functions including cellular repair and regeneration. Of course, IF has been practiced for spiritual purposes for many years. I have been practicing IF now for about 2 years with various schedules and have come to a comfortable schedule of 12-15 hour fasts three times per week, approximately and with some concepts of flexibility due to an inherent heart condition. This practice was the gateway for me to make other changes, which I feel are beneficial.

I have turned to more of a whole food plant based diet primarily for ethical reasons however people turn to veganism for a combination of three reasons, health, the health of the environment and ethical considerations. This has been a fascinating study and I am fortunate to have a fiancee who also enjoys learning and improving a healthy lifestyle. Cooking in this style together has been fun to learn, apply and get results. I have the onset of arthritis in my knees and it has lead me to consider that my diet likely contributed to excess inflammation and lack of healing from possible overuse. I was consuming copious amounts of dairy and factory farmed meat products without any consideration for those years. I am interested in Prolonged Fasting (PF) alongside my fiance but I am not there yet as I mentioned prior due to a diagnosis of Long QT. Prolonged Fasting is scientifically proven for things such as the enhancement of natural stem cells. Regardless the IF practice does enhance thinking, consciousness, and more. On a simple level it has helped me be more aware of what I eat and what toxic hunger is and what real hunger is.

My fiance’ has become a prolific gardener and growing our families own fruits and vegetables. I have been vegan for about 6 months now and I feel satisfied, my energy has increased on a subtle but noticeable level. I am not saying, if in the future, if I too ate a piece of fish or an organic egg, I would catch fire or bleed. It just so happens I have lost the desire for animal products. My energy is good and I feel veganism is extremely healthy. We have done plenty of research. We have studied the works of Dr. Colin Campbell, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. Michael Klapper, and Dr. Joel Fuhrman, and more. I enjoy the learning as well and it is fun to do as a couple evolving together in health. Gamechanger, Forks Over Knives and Vegan 2019 are also good movies to help people learn. Of course Gamechangers came forth with the concept that not only is Veganism good for the environment and considerations of animals, they have put forth a very compelling argument that it is the most healthy alternative even for competitive athletes. I think people should take a look at that.

A whole food plant based diet is something I truly enjoy and feel great about on many levels. It has been a fascinating study where I enjoy learning about the advances in nutritional science and I encourage others to become knowledgeable and improve their own health, consider the consequences of factory farming and develop compassion for sentient beings. These are my opinions. If I can encourage someone to change gradually or rapidly, I am confident it will be a significant benefit.

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