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More Random Thoughts on a Vegan Lifestyle

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More Random Thoughts on a Vegan Lifestyle




Overall, my journey through this vegan lifestyle is going pretty smoothly and with great success.

Of course, I am well beyond all the meat cravings some newbies would have when they first start going vegan.

We are told early on that flesh of certain animals (cows, pigs, chickens, fish) give us the protein we need and that is true. No doubt about that, but what I’ve learned from being a vegan for several years is that EVERYTHING has protein, especially plants. And that is the main reason that the beef you eat today came from a cow that was raised entirely on plant-based foods.

Logic will tell you that, well, we are getting our proteins and nutrients secondhand through the process of raising that cow on a plant-based diet, then slaughtering that poor cow in order to get protein and nutrients secondhead through their meat.

What’s important to note is that cows will get the chlorophyll from plants which is essentially liquid sunshine, and we all know that all living things on this planet cannot survive without the energy from the sun.

It sounds like we would be benefitting greatly from this ‘liquid sunshine’ as it is essential on our survival.

But Let’s Get Back to What We Were Taught…

I remember vividly, as if it were yesterday, that a healthy diet involved the 4 basic food groups: Fruits & Vegetables, Grains, Dairy, and Protein Foods (red meat, eggs, chicken, pork, etc). I remember being taught this in elementary school in the first grade, even. And, the intentions were noble, to teach young children the importance of a balanced diet.

But, I remember that while we were taught all this, most of us kids were looking for our next fix of sugar in the form of candies, popsicles and cookies. We were ecstatic when we heard the sound of the ice cream truck approaching!

Onto the regular foods… dinners we had pot roast or meat loaf as a special treat. Many times it was hamburger helper, then we had plenty of hotdogs and hamburgers, along with sides of french fries and potato chips. And we looked forward to our parents taking us to McDonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken or Jack-in-the-Box as a special treat many on the weekends, particularly on Sundays after church.

Fruits and vegetables were a minority group, and I remember I had to be forced to eat my peas and carrots, and I couldn’t leave the dinner table unless I had done so.

See also: Four Major Food Groups

The “Basic Four,” published in 1956, underwent several changes, which culminated in the current five food groups found in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010. Fruits and vegetables, previously categorized as one food group, are now two separate groups, which, along with grains, dairy foods and protein foods make up the five food groups. —San Francisco Chronicle

Ironic how in my adult life I am eating more fruits and vegetables than ever in my life, and I understand and feel the difference it has made in the quality of my life, health-wise.

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Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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