Glad You Asked!
After absorbing some information about the sad state of the SAD (standard American diet), I realized that I was ingesting way too much animal fat, oil, sugar and salt. I’ve also come to understand that many self-proclaimed vegans don’t usually restrict oil. There are others who eat the standard American diet, just without any animal meat. Additionally, many continue to eat processed foods, including junk food labeled as ‘vegan’. I decided that most of these products are not for me.
I have no judgments about what others choose to eat; just joy for my own health! If I feed my body nutrient rich, plant-based and whole foods in their most natural form, I know that I am dramatically increasing my chances of preventing disease. This way of eating can, in some cases, even reverse disease. Check out the science behind it with this information from T. Colin Campbell.
Aging is not a choice. How we move through it, is. What I do to, and for my body, is also a choice.
One More Note
Please know that I am NOT a dietitian or nutritionist. I’m proud of my certification in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, and I’m a happy home cook.
I began this journey for my health, and not purely for ethical, environmental or animal-rights based reasons. Don’t get me wrong; I love all animals! But, the information I’ve read about factory farming, the treatment of animals, and the tremendous health impact it has on all our lives and the environment we live in, makes me sad.
If my choice to eat whole, plant-based and mostly local, organic foods is contributing to the slow repair of our world in some small way, then I’m happy!
I don’t refer to myself as a vegan because it’s just another label. The only labels I truly identify with are mother, grandma, wife, sister, friend, Tante, volunteer, Harley rider. You’re welcome to call me any of those!
Having said that, the ever-growing community of self-proclaimed vegans, and the practice of responsible veganism is one that I greatly respect. Is plant-based the same as vegan? Not quite. Lindsay from Happy Herbivore wrote a clear post recently that spells out the sometimes vast differences between being plant-based and vegan. Read it here.