I’ve kind of had writers block. It’s not really for lack of something to say, trust me, I always have a lot to say, especially when it comes to being vegan, or being healthy.
The trouble is, I’m just not sure how many ways to say “GO VEGAN”. There are so many reasons, so many completely logical reasons, and I’m not really sure what the problem or hang up is for some.
For the health side of it all, I really come up short in how to say any more clearly that going plant-based is the best thing you will ever do for your health. Not only that, it’s the easiest thing. As a former severely ill diabetic, I’m not sure why anyone would even want to chance getting diabetes. I often think that perhaps people just don’t have it bad enough? Maybe dancing the line of amputation or blindness is the only thing that will push someone over enough?
I hope not. There is nothing worth getting diabetes (or any other preventable disease) over, no food, no lifestyle. Going plant-based is an easy answer, an answer that saves lives, saves future generations, and saves billions of dollars that are being spent every year on treating type 2 diabetes – last year we spent more on type 2 diabetes than BOTH wars. Thousands lose their lives to a disease with a very reachable and very simple cure. Not only that, it’s an answer that continues every single day to be proven with real results, and just pure science.
I’m not sure how to respond to the notion that going plant-based is “hard” mostly because I was once told I was going to lose part of my leg, I was severely depressed, I had arthritis in both feet, I was losing vision in my eyes. To tell me that going plant-based is hard, in light of what I’ve been through seems insane. Having diabetes is hard. Eliminating a few things from your diet – that’s in no way hard. In fact, I’d say that most people have gone through far worse than having to make a few lifestyle adjustments.
Every day, people go through stresses far harder than changing their grocery list, and yet it baffles me that going plant-based is seen as hard. Having a flu is much harder, going through a break up or family stress is all much harder – selling a home, moving, all much harder than eliminating three ingredients from your shopping list.
What is hard, is that most of us have severe addictions to our fast food lifestyles, and our bad foods. But I would still say, that breaking those addictions is no harder than anything stressful you’ve been through, it’s just a matter of choosing, and deciding that you would rather deal with this “hard” than the “hard” of having diabetes, or suffering anymore than you need to.
I probably sound harsh in all of this, and that is not my intent. It’s more that I want people to know there is hope, there is an answer, but only if you want to hear it. The answer is easy, and comes with very little lifestyle adjustment, for a very big benefit in the end.
Going plant-based was the single best thing I’ve done for my life, and the easiest thing I’ve ever had to do. I’ve been on countless medications, diet plans, and have tried so many things, and I can say with out a doubt that this is far easier than all of that.
So, I’m a bit stuck on what to say. (well maybe not stuck, given that I just wrote a ton). I’m stuck on how more clearly to say that going to a healthy vegan lifestyle is not only the best thing you can do for your health, but the best thing you can do to respect and care for all life, the best thing you can do for the Earth, the best thing we can do for healthcare.
And it’s all simple – it’s just the addictions our society has come to love that seems to be so hard for people to give up.
If you are serious about going plant-based, and learning about being vegan, I am going to do a month-long introduction to a plant-based and vegan lifestyle. This will lead up to the holidays, and yes, I will be teaching how to have a healthy vegan holiday! If you are interested, please leave a comment and I will get you more information!