Natural Plant Based Foods vs. Processed: Why Does a Vegan Even Have to Think About This?

Natural Plant Based Foods vs. Processed: Why Does a Vegan Even Have to Think About This?

I’ve been a junk food vegan for far too long.  My cholesterol, always on the high side, shot up another 30 points.  I gained weight and couldn’t lose one pound on my 5’2” frame.  Meanwhile my diet consisted of prepared analog meats, cheeses and other processed vegan merchandise (like vegan donuts, plant-based oily “mayonnaise”, packaged entrees, coconut oil products and ice cream) crammed with salt, oil, and sugar.  SOS is the typical starter diet for new vegans. It lets us feel that we don’t have to make too many sacrifices giving up animal products nor are we straying too far from our former non-vegan favorites.  It’s a comfort zone and far too many of us reside there.  

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The Beginning

Cold Turkey

After watching the documentary, “Eating”, a profound feeling came over me.   My husband, who also watched the film, had a similar experience.  We looked at each other and simultaneously agreed that, “We can’t do this any more.  We can no longer eat meat.” We knew we could never again support the industrial farming of animals.  The utter cruelty and disregard for life graphically filmed in real time was overwhelming.  And, the health issues surrounding the eating of animal flesh was completely convincing as the testimonials were from the members of the medical community.  From that moment on we haven’t touched meat, dairy nor eggs and we never will.

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