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Vegan Diet is a Movement, Philosophy and Mindset
Keep in mind, that whatever diet (or eating habits) you are practicing, whether you are a vegan or an omnivore, it’s important to all to eat a plant-based, whole foods diet. Which would include keeping white sugar, white flour, white rice, white bread, processed foods, junk foods, and fast foods to a minimum for optimal health.
Having said that, a vegan diet is one in which no animal products are consumed, to the best of one’s intentions. Yes, a vegan could accidentally or without knowing, consume a little animal food. It could happen. But the intent and mindset is clear that one is practicing being a vegan.
Plant-Based, Whole Foods
But plant-based, whole foods are what everyone should be focused on for optimal health. Yes, this bears repeating because eating healthier is part of survival in this modern age.
And there are many, many reasons one should eat a more plant-based, whole foods diet. For one, it’s been proven that unhealthy habits could lead to chronic diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
Many people come to the vegan lifestyle with one or any of the following reasons:
- 1. Health and Well-Being
- 2. To Save The Animals
- 3. To Protect The Planet
Veganism As A Philosophy
Many people who come to Veganism do so with a compassion towards animals. And animal cruelty is the main concern for adopting a vegan lifestyle.
With this way of thinking, the compassion for animals over their cruel and torturous treatment (and eventual demise) is the main emphasis for becoming a vegan.
Many videos exist to prove that animals are being tortured, abused and killed for a billion dollar meat and dairy industry. Their commercials and advertisement glorifies the eat of animal flesh to the point of hedonism and pleasure.
Hamburgers, hot dogs, and top sirloin steaks are the epitome of this Western glorification of animal meats. And, the hunters of eons ago only got the meat that they needed and used the whole animal. It was harder to kill animals for food, so back in those ages there weren’t big supermarkets selling all the animal meats you can eat in abundance. So, we Americans tend to eat too much, and that is the reasons why we have epidemic levels of chronic disease.
Veganism As A Mindset
Deciding to become vegan is a mindset. It is an intent to eat a certain way and to adopt a different way of Life that is better for ourselves and for our environment.
It is this ‘intent’ to adopt the vegan lifestyle that is the important thing. So, the mind must be committed to being a vegan.
A part of this intent is to revolt against the established set of thinking, that killing animals in the billions each year and eating their flesh at every meal is ethical wrong.
Veganism Is Revolution. A Movement.
It is our way of taking responsibility for our own actions and making the world a better place.
It is a reaction to the current health of our society. That at the very least, is a movement in a more positive direction… as the current state of our health in an advanced, industrialized society is far from perfect, with health issues that are reaching epidemic proportions. And, a system that is being compromised because of this industrialization and lack of responsibility to the environment.
It is this type of responsibility to the environment and the greater good to society and humankind that is essential in order for us to live prosperous lives and experience well-being and optimal health, for ourselves and other animals and the environment surrounding us.
In the end, we are all connected. And, a vegan lifestyle truly is a positive action in our lives.
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