Hello, all! Welcome to my very first blog post as sentientjewel. This is very exciting for me since I’ve been wanting to start this up for a long time now. I’ve been asking myself what I wanted to discuss in my first post. I’ve even written down a list of possible topics in my journal, but the one that keeps coming to the front of my mind is why I’m vegan in the first place.
I think this is an important story to share, not just because it’s the start of it all, but because it seems to be the first thing that my peers ask me once they find out that I live a plant-based life. So here it is!
“Wait, so you’ve never had a burger?!”
-nearly everyone I’ve met post going vegan
No, no. I grew up eating meat and dairy up until I was about 19. Believe me, I’ve had my fair share of burgers. In fact, most of my 19 years involved a pretty unhealthy diet. I was all about fast food and processed foods. Little Caesar’s Hot-n-Ready? YES. In-n-Out double-double with a thick strawberry shake? ABSOLUTELY. Cup Noodles? Count me in. Don’t even get me started on Hot Pockets…
Honestly, I was not headed down a very great path. That was made even more clear for me right before my 18th birthday when my father passed away from colon cancer after an 18-month battle. This was the event that I consider my biggest (and toughest) wake-up call.
After discovering that colon cancer runs in my family (in addition to diabetes and plenty of other health issues), I took it upon myself to ask questions and do some research. I found that diets high in red and processed meat are a contributing factor to colon cancer. On the other hand, diets high in fruit and vegetables are linked with a lower risk. One of the causes listed on Medical News Today even states “A diet that is very high in animal protein” as a cause. This is where, for the first time in my life, I really started to evaluate how I was treating my body.
I started questioning everything that I was consuming from then on. Although I didn’t go completely vegan until about 1 year later, this is where my transition started. First and foremost, my decision to go vegan was for my health and to try to prevent what runs in my family from having a further negative impact on my life. It wasn’t until I watched countless documentaries and continued my own research that it started becoming about the treatment of animals and the environment as well (more on that later).
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So now, 5 years later, I am vegan for my health, the earth, and the animals. I do what I can to always make conscious decisions because I know that these choices do not just affect me alone. The meat and dairy consumption of our time is destroying our planet, all while contributing to the torture and slaughter of other sentient beings for human profit. This is something that I am just not okay with being apart of, so I do my absolute best to reduce my contribution to it.
I figured that if I can maintain a consistent, healthy lifestyle, feel AMAZING, eat delicious food, AND contribute to saving the earth and the lives of innocent animals… why wouldn’t I? This is why I’m vegan, and this is why I want to share my story and my experiences with veganism with all of you.
So, whether you’re vegan, curious about a more natural take on life, or even just interested in reducing your carbon footprint, stay tuned! There is a lot of good content about conscious living coming your way.
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