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Go Veg, Get Healthy

There’s lots of hype out there about veg(etari)ans being unhealthy. Lately, lots of bloggers have come out saying they quit being vegan because their “body told them to”. That’s strange, because if I were to listen to my body I would be eating cookies for breakfast and sipping margaritas on the daily. Another has let the media spin her story to report that veganism gave her an eating disorder. Hilarious, because eating disorders are a mental disorder one has with food and their body image. If I restricted myself from eating anything that wasn’t completely raw I would probably go insane too.

Regardless of what once-vegans have said about quitting the lifestyle, the majority of people truly believe that a vegan diet isn’t good for you. Which is true, because you should not commit to a vegan diet, you should commit to a vegan lifestyle. I didn’t go vegan to lose weight or drop my cholesterol, but it just so happened to have that effect because it is such a healthy way of eating. I did, however, go vegan to lose the spiritual weight I felt from consuming the lives of previously living beings. Beyond that, there will always be people who don’t agree with what you do.

Of course, the one problem every non-veg has with veg(etari)ans is protein. But really, what non-veg knows precisely how much protein they consume, and truly, are they healthier than veg people? Typically, not so much. Check out this awesome Plant-Based Protein infographic from Vega:

 

Plant-Based Protein Infographic by myvega.com

Vegan Protein Sources

 

If you are curious about a vegan diet being healthy for you, these are some incredibly talented plant-based activists who are inspiring hundreds of people to make the switch to a compassionate lifestyle.

Photo Credit: PLYNNPHOTO.COM

David Carter, The 300 Pound Vegan, is also a defensive lineman for the Oakland Raiders. As the daughter of a former NFL athlete, I am ecstatic to see someone in the “macho” ego-driven industry to truly live the compassionate lifestyle. He and his gorgeous wife are extraordinary activists and a compelling example for couples everywhere.

 

Photo Credit: @NOMYOURSELF

Mary MatternNom Yourself, is a stunning vegan chef and activist who creates dishes that will make any living being in this universe happy. Her cookbook is full of recipes and inspiration for anyone who doesn’t have godly skills in the kitchen.

Photo Credit: BADASSVEGAN.com

John LewisBadass Vegan, enlightens people all over the World to commit to a cruelty-free lifestyle by sharing his love for fitness and food in the form of a delicious cookie – Badass Power Cookie. He is positive, encouraging, and dedicated to the most healthy way of life.

Photo Credit: RENEESOMMERFIELD.com

Renee Sommerfield… even her name is beautiful! I’m still having a hard time believing this divine and jaw-dropping Aussie actually exists. But, it’s true, and the World is better for her existence. She graces the pages of every magazine in Australia and has a social media following that adds up to over a million people. But the most outstanding part about her is her passion for animals and activism.

 

 

My passion for veganism stems from my love for animals and food. Once I realized how simple it was to replace dead animal parts with foods made from plants, I never felt better and I never  looked back. In fact, I cannot even imagine biting into a piece of flesh anymore. Because I am so flamboyantly vegan, I have happily convinced several of my friends and family to adapt the lifestyle. You don’t have to listen to my boring ass tell you about the benefits of going veg, take it from these beautiful people:

Screen Shot 2014-08-17 at 9.51.27 PM“Haven’t touched meat since the 1st of the year and vegan for almost 5 months.  I see the universe in a different way. I feel happy knowing I can survive and thrive without taking the life of another. Adopting the  vegan lifestyle changed me mentally as well as physically.” – Jaimie, 24

 

Screen Shot 2014-08-17 at 9.36.48 PM“This no meat than is life changing! I have SO much more energy… Now I get it girl! I totally understand what you have been saying all this time!” – Ashley, 29

 

Screen Shot 2014-08-17 at 9.38.21 PM“I wanted to let you know that you inspired me to go vegan. I’ve been 15 days on no meat and I’m feeling good. Thank you so much for inspiring me.” – Dak

 

Screen Shot 2014-08-17 at 9.41.28 PM“It’ll be one month tomorrow!! It’s easier than I thought it would be, although I do eat fish occasionally. And I’ve lost 5 lbs which I’m happy about! And I have more energy! It’s also nice to not feel like exploding after a big meal. I’ve noticed that. I’m not spilling out of my pants and tired” – Haley, 24

Screen Shot 2014-08-17 at 9.44.25 PM“I NEVER thought I’d stop eating meat. Now I don’t see how someone could! Thank you for opening my eyes to the awful reality of animal abuse! I wouldn’t be here without you. It’s terrible what they do to those animals. But everyday we’re making an impact whether we realize it or not.” – Cameron, 17

Screen Shot 2014-08-17 at 9.45.38 PM“I haven’t eaten meat for a week now! You definitely planted that seed in my head :) I feel great! Don’t miss it at all.” – Dani, 24

 

Screen Shot 2014-08-17 at 9.47.14 PM“Veggie for 4 months. I feel lighter, healthier, happier, and better knowing I’m saving not only animals, but the planet :)” – Kaleigh, 22

 

Screen Shot 2014-08-17 at 9.49.16 PM“My conscience is clear and I feel like a knew person.” – Garrett, 26

 

 

Screen Shot 2014-08-17 at 9.53.53 PM“My body wants nutrients for good health and my mind want peace for inner happiness so by eating vegan I accomplish both. My body is flushed everyday with quality nutrients and my mind is purified by knowing no living being, whom I care about deeply, is harmed.” – Jay, 30

 

“I love all that you post & all you’re about. Stopped eating meat because of you. Keep doing what you’re doing.” – Alexa

These are testimonies from some of the wonderful people I have helped go veg. It is truly incredible what the power of the human mind can do. Alone, you help save over 100 lives a year by going vegan. With the people above, we are effectively saving over 1,000 lives per year! Anyone who wants to make a difference can start with leading by example to make the change this World so desperately needs.

If you’re curious about how to transition to a vegan lifestyle, click here.

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Bulldog enthusiast, outspoken vegan, organic produce hoarder, pretend tv chef, and appreciative hand-me-down beneficiary (thanks mom & Kaleigh!).