Guilting People Into Becoming Vegans Needs To Die With 2018

Guilting People Into Becoming Vegans Needs To Die With 2018

You know that old trope of the guy with the Prius being a snobby douche to the guy with a Hummer? That's you, vegans, that's all you.

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I'm all about taking care of the environment. I think next to ensuring every child in our country has access to a stellar education and ample amounts of food, it should be one of our nation's highest priorities.

From the displacement of families in places like California, Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida on account of natural disasters to the extreme danger pollinators are suffering from the impacts of climate change, our environment is in dire need of our advocacy. In reality, if we all make small changes to our lifestyles (ie: carpooling, using paraben-free products, recycling) we can collectively have one hell of an impact on the world we rely on so much.

With all of that said, I'm really sick of being guilted into veganism. I understand the benefits to our environment and the overall health of our bodies and that's awesome. Seriously, if you are proud to live a vegan lifestyle, I applaud you. But that doesn't make it okay to make me feel like shit about not being a vegan.

You know that old trope of the guy with the Prius being a snobby douche to the guy with a Hummer? That's you, vegans, that's all you.

Need an example of how you might take it a little to far? Maybe you're familiar with some of these standard vegan/non-vegan friend conversations:

Vegan: "Want to go have lunch at this new vegan restaurant?"

Non-Vegan: "Awesome, I heard the pot-stickers are amaze-balls."

So far, so good. Not too pushy, we're both fulfilling our love of food. Awesome!

Vegan: "Did you like your Christmas gift?"

Non-Vegan: "Honestly I'm in love with this vegan purse. It's so cute!"

Wow, now you're getting me presents...maybe vegans aren't so bad after all.

Vegan: "Hey, have you ever seen this 120-minute documentary of cows getting slaughtered filmed in ultra 4KHD? I think it will really make you vomit and reassess all of your life choices."

Non-Vegan: "Yeah, that's going to be a hard pass."

Oh, now I remember. You're always trying to horrify me into giving up animal by-products.

So I get it, "Food Inc." was traumatizing and made you feel really bad. But I'm afraid I just can't relate. The way I see it, those animals were bred solely to be slaughtered and to give me something I need, food. It's called the circle of life and to be really real with you, I'm a pretty big fan.

We all have lifestyle habits I'm sure we'd love everyone else to adopt, but life doesn't work that way. Instead of guilting others into being a vegan, encourage them to find more sustainable habits (outside of their dietary ones) to help nourish our planet. If you can do that, you can probably shake the bad impression the Prius-guy analogy has left you with.

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Everything You Will Miss If You Commit Suicide

The world needs you.
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You won’t see the sunrise or have your favorite breakfast in the morning.

Instead, your family will mourn the sunrise because it means another day without you.

You will never stay up late talking to your friends or have a bonfire on a summer night.

You won’t laugh until you cry again, or dance around and be silly.

You won’t go on another adventure. You won't drive around under the moonlight and stars.

They’ll miss you. They’ll cry.

You won’t fight with your siblings only to make up minutes later and laugh about it.

You won’t get to interrogate your sister's fiancé when the time comes.

You won’t be there to wipe away your mother’s tears when she finds out that you’re gone.

You won’t be able to hug the ones that love you while they’re waiting to wake up from the nightmare that had become their reality.

You won’t be at your grandparents funeral, speaking about the good things they did in their life.

Instead, they will be at yours.

You won’t find your purpose in life, the love of your life, get married or raise a family.

You won’t celebrate another Christmas, Easter or birthday.

You won’t turn another year older.

You will never see the places you’ve always dreamed of seeing.

You will not allow yourself the opportunity to get help.

This will be the last sunset you see.

You’ll never see the sky change from a bright blue to purples, pinks, oranges and yellows meshing together over the landscape again.

If the light has left your eyes and all you see is the darkness, know that it can get better. Let yourself get better.

This is what you will miss if you leave the world today.

This is who will care about you when you are gone.

You can change lives. But I hope it’s not at the expense of yours.

We care. People care.

Don’t let today be the end.

You don’t have to live forever sad. You can be happy. It’s not wrong to ask for help.

Thank you for staying. Thank you for fighting.

Suicide is a real problem that no one wants to talk about. I’m sure you’re no different. But we need to talk about it. There is no difference between being suicidal and committing suicide. If someone tells you they want to kill themselves, do not think they won’t do it. Do not just tell them, “Oh you’ll be fine.” Because when they aren’t, you will wonder what you could have done to help. Sit with them however long you need to and tell them it will get better. Talk to them about their problems and tell them there is help. Be the help. Get them assistance. Remind them of all the things they will miss in life.

For help, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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I Went Vegetarian—And No, It's Not Because I Love Animals

But because the meat industry is actually killing us.

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It all started with a Netflix documentary, as all the greatest life decisions do.

In the effort to get sleepy one night, I turned on Netflix and flipped on the first documentary I came across, “What The Health" by filmmaker Kip Andersen. Oh how I had no idea this late night movie would foster one of the biggest lifestyle changes of my adult life.

Now, about myself. I've always had horrible eating habits since I was a kid (thanks Mom, for all the waffles with frosting for breakfast and spicy Doritos for dinner), and struggled with teetering the line between “overweight" and “just curvy" my entire life.

With turning twenty-years-old this year, I wanted to make the conscious decision to change my eating habits for the better, to keep from fighting with my weight for the rest of my life. I wanted to make a serious change to better educate myself on what's good for me so that I can later raise my own children in the same way—because golly it's hard to change the habits we develop as kids!


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That's why I picked up the book “You Are What You Eat" from Barnes and Nobel last month. The self-help book, written by Dr. Gilian McKeith, is all about the vast nutrients we can get from whole foods (plants, vegetables, fruits, and grains), and the impressive difference fueling your body with natural ingredients can make. She discusses the harmful effects of preservatives, saturated fats, and sugar in our diets and invites her readers to switch their lifestyles to eating mostly plant-based, with the exception of poultry, fish, and some red meats. All of her participants reported feeling happier, more energized, physically healthier, and of course, they lost weight!

So in November, I set out on my healthy eating journey and went to Whole Foods for the first time! (Which was a rite of passage into adulthood, for sure.) I bought a whole basket full of fruits, veggies, and lots of grains that inevitably ended up going bad or getting swallowed up by the back of my pantry as I continued to eat the same junk I always have.


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Thankfully, that fateful night curled up in my bed with that damn documentary was just around the corner.

Two weeks later, I found myself wide awake at three o' clock in the morning engulfed by the contents of the “What The Health" documentary. The award-winning film details the investigation into the country's leading health organizations including the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, and the American Diabetes Association—specifically regarding their recommended diets to either prevent or maintain their respective diseases. However, Kip Andersen knows his stuff, and he finds studies upon studies and research that proves that the food these organizations are recommending is the complete opposite of what they should be eating: meat and animal products being the culprit.

For example, the World Health Organization has classified bacon, sausage, and other processed meats (lunch meats, hot dogs, pepperoni, etc.) as a carcinogenic to humans—which is a fancy way of saying that it causes cancer. Not only that, but it's classified as a Group One carcinogen, which puts it in the same category as cigarettes, asbestos, and plutonium. Yet the American Cancer Society still lists meat like this in it's online recommended meal plans, and even refuses to acknowledge the scientific evidence supporting its link to cancer.

Another surprising fact I learned was that sugar does NOT cause diabetes. It's actually caused by a diet that causes a build up of fat in the blood... like an animal-based diet. For example, two studies confirm that consuming "one serving of processed meat per day increased the risk of the patient developing diabetics by 51%," as mentioned in the film. Yet the American Diabetes Association has multiple meal plan recipes incorporating processed meats included on their website.

The trend continues with the American Heart Association encouraging patients to eat meat and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Society encouraging patients to eat dairy (with their Yoplait Pink-Ribbon campaign). And it all comes down to the same conclusion: all of these American organizations are sponsored by various animal farming and dairy farming associations. These organizations are taking thousands and thousands of dollars from the very industries that are causing those diseases. Because they don't care about preventing or even curing their diseases (as plant-based, vegan diets have been proven to do), they care about the profit they get from the people who need treatment. It's all a horrible, horrible industry that I've chosen not to support. Especially if it means giving up the very meat that is killing us all.

So even though I shouldn't have to justify why I chose to give up meat, (which let me take the opportunity here to say that by giving up meat, eating healthier has become easier because there are fewer options to fill your body with junk!) I'm happy to share with those who are interested just how disgustingly horrible the American meat industry is. And if anyone else has an hour and a half they want to kill, I highly highly highly recommend you watch “What The Health." But once you do, I promise you'll be leaving meat behind in 2018 too.


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