Climate Change

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Earth’s climate is in a constant state of change. Day to day we witness the weather change, but rarely notice the long term changes of our climate that are taking place. The climate is what the weather is like overall in a certain area. Climate change can have different effects on the environment and the way we live. Some of these effects may be negative. Different factors affect how the climate changes. The most important factor to consider is the one we have the most control over, which is ourselves.

What may seem like simple choices that humans make can have very large consequences for the climate and environment. For example, it seems the obvious choice for transportation for most people is to drive a car, or ride the bus or a subway, rather than take the time to walk or ride a bike, however, it appears that this can contribute to climate change. It does so by releasing CO2, a greenhouse gas, into the air. Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere cause the earth to retain heat. An excess in greenhouse gases can cause the earth to trap too much heat, changing the climate to be too warm. However, this is not the only affect human’s have on the climate. Our diet has a large impact as well. Animal agriculture appears to be the leading cause of climate change:

  • Farm animals release methane gas, which is twenty times stronger than carbon dioxide at trapping methane gas in our atmosphere.
  • Animal agriculture accounts for 65% of nitrous oxide emissions which is three hundred times stronger than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere

 Humans can also alter the climate through deforestation and growing large amounts of crops for long periods of time. Without trees and other plants to absorb the CO2 in the atmosphere this leads to a concentration of greenhouse gases, shifting the climate to be warmer in that area. Connections have also been found between deforestation and drought, since clouds require moisture and forests store moisture that, when evaporated, aids in the formation of clouds.  Another deliberate human effect is solar radiation management, which is an attempt to “cool” the planet. Different methods are used to reflect sunlight and reduce the amount of C02 in the air. Some examples of this are using plastic polymers to pull gas from the air and stratospheric sulfate aerosols to reflect sunlight. These methods meant to aid in maintaining our planet’s climate seem to be taking a turn for the worst and creating more problems with the climate such as imploding arctic ice and methane eruptions.

It is not only due to humans that the climate changes. Earth’s climate has always shifted over the course of it’s lifetime. For example, it was once covered with ice. This is due to natural events that have taken place. An example of a natural event that could shift earth’s climate is a volcanic eruption. The dust and ash from these eruptions reflect solar radiation, which cools the earth. This also changes the land that surrounds where the eruption occurred including the soil and plant growth, which  also affects the climate of an area. Another common thing that affects climate is water vapor,  an abundant greenhouse gas, in the Earth’s atmosphere. Water vapor works with temperature basically in a cycle. An increase in temperature triggers an increase in water vapor, and when there is more water vapor the air in turn is warmer. When water vapor concentration increases, it condenses into clouds, which reflects solar radiation, helping to cool the planet. Water vapor and volcanic eruption are only a couple, amongst many, nonhuman factors that help shift climate. Both of these factors contribute to the cooling of the planet. It is important to have knowledge of earth’s ever-changing climate, because it is going to affect us in the long run.

To reduce the negative impacts of climate change, we may begin to create and drive more fuel efficient eco-friendly cars or seek other modes of transportation. We may also incorporate things into ours household that are eco-friendly, such as solar panels and fluorescent light bulbs. Industries can begin to use renewable energy sources such as wind energy. Another, more obvious but important way we can help earth’s climate is to recycle. Double checking to see what is recyclable and taking the extra time to do so can really help. But, something that is essential to preserving our environment and controlling the climate, is to change the way we view food and how we eat. It is important for us as well, so we may fully function and contribute to society to take care of ourselves. What we put into our bodies ultimately affects every aspect of our lives. This is our vessel for getting around and we must not take that for granted. We must not take our environment for granted as well. Lastly, we may petition and protest against geoengineering and deforestation, so that the planet may naturally resolve its issues, without human interference. Here is more on the corrupt science behind geoengineering programs:

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World Hunger. Why?

There is a sufficient amount of resources, given to us by the earth, to feed this whole planet. Do you ever wonder why, when you see commercials of emaciated dirty children with sullen faces, their eyes begging for compassion, how the fuck did this happen? Why is any child’s stomach empty?  Those kind originizations that are asking you to donate, where did they get the money to have a commercial? These commercials make your heart drop to your stomach. They hurt, but only for moments after watching them, because soon you’ll be back to your regular program, tuned into the T.V., tuned out from the world.

Most people think they can only do so much, and truthfully we know donating a dollar to some organization is not going to make a big impact. Money can not fix our problems. Money is limited. Our problems seem to be limitless.”There simply is no way to ease poverty with charity. For one, charitable contributions in 2011 were only about $300 billion, far below the $707 billion that the government spends on income security and healthcare for the poor. Given the relative weakness of the U.S. safety net already, one funded entirely on charity would be abysmal. And $300 billion is all charitable donations; many donations aren’t aimed at helping the poor, but instead religious or cultural endeavors“(Bargain for billionaires: Why philanthropy is more about P.R. than progress).

This race has gone into outer space. We have brought nuclear bombs into existence, that could destroy the very earth we inhabit, yet we can’t defeat world hunger, which we too, brought into existence. This problem did not appear one day. This problem is due to separation, discrimination, selfishness, and ignorance. This problem is due to currency and desire for control, power, dominance, and wealth. We can all be wealthy and all live abundantly. It is not some fantasy. This can resist in reality. I truly believe that.

So, what caused this problem to come into existence. Where did it come from? Here is what I know. Remember, I am a teenager not an expert. None of this research and data is my own. You can do your own research, if for some reason you have your doubts.

I’ll just skip straight to the solution, before explaining the causes of this problem, and why this is the solution. This sentence may sound bold, but the solution to world hunger is to give land back to and protect small farmers. The other part of the solution: cutting industrial meat and dairy/way less meat and dairy consumption. Oh boy, here goes this vegan. (Don’t worry. I am not about to go off on a tangent and shame you for how you eat.)

Most of the world’s farms are owned by small farmers. They are the major food producers. So, why do they need more of it, and why do they need protection? Although the majority of farms are small, they are regulated to little of the earth’s farmland, while the few big industrial farms get to take the rest. This is due to the issue of corporate land grabbing. It also doesn’t help that the IMF bombs small farms in rural areas, where people are already poor and have little food. Yet, they say the IMF is supposed to help poor countries stabilize their economies. Destroying their food and means of money does not sound very efficient. Let us go back to corporate land grabbing. Small farmers are being forced from their land. Refusal to leave is met with being jailed or killed. Corporate powers are pushing farmers from their land into cities and camps, all to expand upon their wealth and power. It is important for the cause of world hunger, that corporate land grabbing is prevented, and it is important for small farmers to expand upon their land and be more included in the market. Small farms are more efficient and sustainable:”The report stresses the two main ways to link small-scale farmers to the market are to provide better access to credit and insurance, and to strengthen the links between farmers and buyers. The report discusses the fact that, in many countries, transportation is too costly, infrastructure is inadequate, and the cost of storage is too high. Small-scale farmers are unlikely to risk producing a surplus of products if they think that their products would go to waste”(Ulrich). This alone will not help world hunger. In conjunction, it is also important that we take a second look at how we use that farmland. Many times, farmland is not used efficiently and it is not utilized to its maximum potential, because it is quickly destroyed by animal agriculture.

What we chose to eat determines the use of resources, the pricing of food, and the making of policies on a global sale. The demand for meat and dairy in developed countries leads to resource exhaustion in underdeveloped countries, increasing the rates of poverty and hunger. There is enough grain grown to feed two times as many people on earth. No one should go hungry, but half of this grain is fed to animals in the meat and dairy industry, so they do. Poor families labor away harvesting grain that they themselves will eat none of. Animal agriculture is destroying good soil and destroying our environment. A great example of the effects of animal agriculture on world hunger is Ethiopia: “More than 40 percent of Ethiopians are considered hungry or starving, and fresh water there is scarce. Yet they have 50 million cattle (one of the largest herds in the world), as well as 50 million sheep and goats and 35 million chickens, needlessly consuming their food, land, and water”(Oppenlander).

As the population grows, world hunger becomes more and more of a concern, but really it should be our biggest concern, even if it were only one family on this planet that did not have enough to eat. It is only when we see the actual footage of emaciated children, that we feel our true nature of compassion and our desire to love and nurture one another. There is no hate, when you actually see the results of something as chilling as malnutrition and hunger. It is of the utmost importance that we apply this empathy to all situations and encounters, even when someone is treating you unkindly, show them compassion. Many unkind actions stem from a lack of love or some discomfort that that person is experiencing in their life. You do not have to necessarily feel sorry for them, but you do not have to add to the situation or receive their discontentment they are putting out. “How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours”(Wayne Dyer). It is especially important in these moments to remember that we all have said unkind things due to our own frustration within our personal lives. It is difficult, but not impossible, to feel and show love, when you are frustrated and it seems you, yourself, are not receiving love.

For a problem this big and this globally spread, knowing the causes and educating others of the causes, you can take action in your daily life. Working in an effort together is our best chance. Unity, not more destruction, arguments, power moves, or displays of dominance, will solve these kinds of problems. What we really need is a global shift in perception. Too many look at the world in parts. Too many see separation and difference. It may be silly to say, but we are all different, yet the same at the very core. Relinquish the patterns of your minds thoughts and the beliefs you fell into as you grew up, then you will see that diversity is such a beautiful thing. We all desire love, passion, purpose, and a sense of peace and knowing. You can find peace in knowing, that you aren’t alone when life leaves you confused, lost, and everything seems a little chaotic. We all feel pain. It is so easy for us to manipulate and appear one way to others on the surface and it is so easy to be manipulated by others and never search for something deeper. Dig deep and find your empathy. Really be grateful everyday, because whatever challenge you are facing right now will come to an end. Your compassion and love does not have to end, however.

Sources:

https://borgenproject.org/importance-of-small-scale-farmers/

http://www.salon.com/2014/02/10/bargain_for_billionaires_why_philanthropy_is_more_about_p_r_than_progress/

https://www.forksoverknives.com/animal-agriculture-hunger-and-how-to-feed-a-growing-global-population-part-one-of-two/

https://www.grain.org

Veganism, An Explanation Part 2

In Part 1, of my explanation of why I am vegan, I discussed my personal journey to be coming vegan and also, the health reasons of why one should become vegan.

In Part 2, I will discuss the environmental and ethical reasons. Also, I am a lot more brief in this post, than in Part 1, which contains most of the information I have given on veganism.

So, let’s start off with the environment…

The affects of animal agriculture on the environment:

Animal agriculture is the leading cause of climate change. Here’s why:

  • Farm animals release methane gas, which is twenty times stronger than carbon dioxide at trapping methane gas in our atmosphere.
  • Animal agriculture accounts for 65% of nitrous oxide emissions which is three hundred times stronger than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere

A few more facts (these are not all the affects, but just to list a few):

  • One tenth of the water on this planet is polluted  by animal agriculture, making the land it sits on uninhabitable (destroying entire ecosystems).
  • Millions of acres of rainforest and even forests in the U.S., are destroyed in order to grow crops to feed factory farm animals. (Yes, soy and grain that humans eat come from deforested land, however, we would not need as much land for these crops, if we were not mass producing and feeding billions of animals just to be food.)
  • It takes 2,400 gallons of water (50 full bathtubs) to produce one pound of meat.

I find it odd that we use all this land to grow crops to feed animals, that are born only to then be eaten, yet 795 million people suffer from hunger daily. If we allowed a normal population of farm animals, and stopped mass producing them for food, we could instead, feed these crops to children and families whose stomachs are empty.

“Certain animals are meant for food, others serve us as pets.”

No species is on this planet to serve another species. Animals are sentient beings, meaning we all feel. We all desire to live and we all desire companionship. A mother cow having her baby calf taken away at birth, feels loss and pain. It is her natural instinct to want to care, love, and provide for that baby. We all have these same instincts and emotions. Humans have become disconnected from the world around them, not realizing  or caring, where products come from. We don’t even stop to think that the meat on our plates is flesh, a carcass of a once living being, that was cognizant of its demise. These beings, lived a life only knowing endless slaughter and prolonged emotional and physical pain.

Industries materialize living beings and buying these products will keep these industries afloat.

What about free range and organic?

Organic or not, animal products are just not meant for your bodyand are not the best for you.

And, free range?  

This is the difference between caged chickens and free range:

I would not consider being crammed into a room, without sufficient amount of space to move, freedom. I am not going to go into the details about the cruel methods and conditions of factory farming right now. The point is, we are taking away the animals ability to be as they are. I know people will tell me”But, its tradition, or what people are used to”. Just because something is tradition, does not make it moral, or right. Slavery was,  and is to some still a tradition, but it is clearly immoral. We are enslaving animals. We materialize living souls, slaughter them, then package their dead bodies and put them on shelves to be bought. There are over seven billion people on this planet, currently. Nine billion animals are slaughtered in both the meat and dairy industry each year. Let that sink in. It gives my body chills to think that all these animals can  be mass produced, and then wiped out without anyone blinking an eye, without anyone noticing. For whatever reason humans like to feel superior, they crave power, and whenever possible, exert it over another. In this world, money is  power, so getting rid of these industries, would take a widespread awakening. It would also require a whole lot of, uh oh, change. I know, scary, right? Change is difficult. Getting rid of these industries would also take away jobs and would kill a large money making industry. It’s big business, that is why their isn’t an abundance of knowledge of the effects these products have on your health. Another thing, people would have to change their eating habits, and although we don’t like to admit it, we get addicted to certain foods to the point where we crave them.

“Plants have feelings too. If we are going to kill them, we might as well kill animals too.”

No. No, they don’t. Plants don’t even possess nervous systems to feel pain, and they also don’t have brains. Humans eating plants benefits our ecosystems and actually spreads plant growth through germination. Destroying tons of extra land to grow crops for animal agriculture does not.

Here is another video. This documentary does not sugar coat. It can be graphic. Naturally, it is quite disturbing. It will take away the ability to ignore the truth, and the truth that you see you won’t be able to forget. It is a harsh reality check. I am not asking you to watch this to torture yourself. You obviously don’t have to watch it, and the only reason people chose to watch it, is to become self aware and educated of the cruelty. It reassures you of your  decision to become vegan and serves as a reminder. It is also motivating and drives you to spread love and end suffering. Often where motivation is lacking, is where ignorance remains.

Documentary: Earthlings

Veganism, An Explanation Part 1:

 

Veganism: a change in perception, an awareness, a connection, a conscious

In this post, I am going to be discussing veganism by answering questions people often ask me about it.

What made me become vegan?

Like most teenage girls, I had a false perception of my body. I have never been “fat” a day in my life, but there have been times, even when I was in elementary school, where I perceived myself to be. This was all based on a number on a scale. I swear my heart would beat right out of my chest, if I stepped on the scale to see I gained an ounce. The doctor even made my mom take the scale away, and this was when I was around the age of nine or ten.

Most girls gain weight when they go into high school. Its normal. We are just growing, but that is not how I saw it. For some reason, I did not think I would gain weight. My metabolism was still pretty fast. I was a skinny tall cheerleader and could eat whatever I wanted. I thought exercise and eating a normal amount of food is what kept people skinny. I knew nothing about nutrition or what I was putting in my body, and I had no interest in learning about it. I felt that as long as I kept cheerleading, I would be skinny. But then something happened, I wanted to quit cheerleading.  I loved the exercise I got from it, I loved the connections I made from being on a team, and I loved to tumble, but when I got into high school it stopped being fun. There was all this jealousy and competitiveness, and I felt tons of pressure. Managing cheer and school gave me an insane amount of anxiety. I have always been anxious and have struggled to manage school, a social life, and cheer. Basically, I stopped my main form of exercise, and went through a growth spurt, so naturally I gained weight. I hadn’t planned on stopping exercising and I still wanted to continue with tumbling in some way. This did not happen right away, and when I started to gain weight, I began to worry. Basically, for the next year, I developed bad eating habits and tried to lose weight, but never stuck to a diet. I wanted an easy fix and had become lazy. At one point, I figured, my best chance would be becoming anorexic. I didn’t realize you don’t become anorexic. It goes much further than this and becomes a psychological issue, where people are not just eating to be skinny. Anorexia was too much of a commitment, or I just really love food. Bulimia was out of the question. I have a real phobia for vomiting (I’d rather get punched). So, I’d always be trying different exercise routines, looking up celebrity diets, and trying detox teas, but never committed to anything. Girls on youtube make videos all the time about the diet they follow to stay skinny, so I would watch videos and see which one I could try.

One time, I came across a video on veganism. Then, I found tons of people who said they lost weight by becoming vegan. Watching videos about it, eventually led me to the more important reasons people became vegan, and the reality behind what I had been eating. Seeing where the foods I was eating came from, what they did to my health, and how they were affecting the planet, was a wake up call. A few days after learning about veganism though, I soon forgot about it, and still lacked the ability to make the connection between the world around me, myself, and my food. I definitely looked at going vegan, as giving something up, but it did seem like an easy way to become “skinny” (like I said, I have never been overweight, but always saw myself that way). It did take me a while to become fully vegan, like I said commitment issues, but as soon as I did, my body was cleansed and so was my mind. I finally saw the importance of me being vegan. It was more than just being skinny.

I  began to see that I was more than a body and began to “discover” myself. Through becoming vegan, I became more connected with myself , built a better relationship with myself, gained self respect, found passion and creativity, and most importantly, gained compassion and gratitude.

Another question I am always asked is,”Isn’t it hard?”

Not anymore. If you think about it, its really just making a conscious decision each time you eat. I have been vegan for almost a year now, and I don’t even think about it really. It is just what is normal for me. I no longer view me being vegan as different. Now, eating meat doesn’t seem normal to me, but there was once a time where it was. There is stigma against veganism. We are conditioned to believe that eating meat, dairy and eggs, is normal.  Is it?  Or, is it tradition?

If you mean is it hard, as in am I questioned and criticized for my decision? Questioned? Yes. Criticized? Maybe, people don’t say anything to my face, but I am sure they have their opinion. I just don’t understand why they would care that I am vegan, or what difference it makes?  However, my family and some friends, will make fun or crack jokes, when I do not eat what they are having. I don’t let this bother me anymore.

Why should I want to change my diet?

We have all this new technology and medicine, yet diseases are more prevalent than ever. Wouldn’t you rather cure or prevent a disease or ailment, rather than just live with it, taking pills for the symptoms, pills that come with a cost?  In Western society we pay more for healthcare, than any other country, yet we are the sickest country in the developed world. Ever ask why? My guess is there is no money in healthy people.

You don’t have to be the perfect healthy vegan. There is vegan junk food that does not taste bad, and you should treat yourself every once in a while. I find its important to keep in mind that you eat to live. You don’t live to eat. Eating shouldn’t be something you constantly have to worry about or obsess over. Adopting a plant-based diet will give you more energy, so you don’t have to worry about feeling sick and tired. Now, I am not saying as a vegan you will never get sick. Vegans catch colds too, but staying hydrated and eating foods packed with nutrition will help build your immune system, and help prevent against constantly getting sick, during the winter and all year round. If you do get sick, while being vegan, it is not to blame on your diet, and it is not because of a lack of protein and nutrients. You should not be deficient in nutrients, if you are eating an abundance of plant-based foods. Healthy diet and lifestyle are your best chances at preventing and fighting sickness.

Will I lose weight, if I adopt a vegan diet?

You may see a difference in your weight and body fat, but the biggest difference you will feel. You should begin to feel more energized and see an improvement in your digestion, skin, hair, and  pretty much every aspect of your health, as long as you are not doing something else that would affect your health in a negative manner. For some, there is a stage, when becoming vegan, where the body is cleansing out all the toxins from the meat, dairy, and eggs they were consuming before, so they may feel, well, not their best. After this rough patch though,  people  will feel better than ever and slowly over time,  will see whatever health issues they had, become less significant.

If you are trying to lose weight, then this diet will help in conjunction with exercise. It is different for everybody. Some people lose weight after going vegan without exercising. If losing weight is a concern, because you are already thin, then don’t worry, just make sure you are eating until you feel satiated and always have a snack, when you are on the go, to ensure that you will have energy throughout the day. Plants are less calorically dense than meat and dairy. They may fill you up fast, but will also digest fast, so you need to eat larger servings, or eat smaller more frequent meals throughout the day.4309910263_8378434d76_o

Don’t we need meat, dairy, and eggs for things like protein and calcium? Aren’t these things good for our health? How do vegans get important nutrients?

Protein: Plant-based foods provide human beings with all the nutrients they need and almost all of them contain some amount of protein. Protein deficiency is rare, especially in vegans.  Most of your daily calories should be from carbohydrates, not protein. Actually, only 5% of your daily calories should come from protein, or about 40g a day (according to the World Health Organization). Do your own research to find what is best for you, your body, and a healthy diet plan that you can commit to. Good sources of plant-based protein include: all different kinds of fruit (some more protein rich than others), starches, grains, beans, lentils, nuts, leafy greens, and soy products (edamame, tofu, soy milk, soy yogurt, tempeh).

Calcium: Like many, you have probably always been taught that you need to drink milk to get calcium. Calcium is important, because it aids in the growth of strong healthy bones. It is especially important to obtain calcium through the food we eat, because, although we initially have calcium in our bones, we naturally lose this calcium through our hair, nails, urine, and even our skin when we sweat. Plant-based sources of calcium include: plant milks (almond, soy, hemp, cashew, coconut, oat) , tofu, citrus fruits, kiwis, and dark leafy greens. I will talk later in this post about why milk is not a good source of calcium, and how it can actually be harmful to your bones.

Other important nutrients you need and how to incorporate them into your diet:

Vitamin D: Vitamin D is incredibly important for your immune system and also the development, growth, and repair of your body, as it allows your body to properly absorb calcium and phosphorous. Our most common source of vitamin D is the sun. However, if you live in a place where you experience cold snowy winters, where the sun does not stay out for long, then you may be lacking. You need to ensure you get vitamin D, during the wintertime, through the foods you eat.  Good plant-based sources of vitamin D include: soy products, oranges and orange juice, mushrooms, and of course the sun. Don’t just sit in the sun for hours without sunscreen to get vitamin D. That’s not good for you, and I think you know that already. You will still absorb vitamin D from the sun with sunscreen on. Just be careful when buying sunscreen as some contain toxic chemicals and non-vegan ingredients. Lastly, another source of vitamin D is through taking a supplement (ask your doctor about this first). Vitamin D supplements are another thing to be careful when buying. Vitamin D3 is not vegan, and is generally obtained from sheeps’ wool or other animal products.

B12: Vitamin B12 is important, because it plays an important role in the formation of red blood cells, the functioning of the brain and nervous system, and the regulation and synthesis of our DNA. No animal is able to produce vitamin B12 naturally. It is only derived from bacterial growth. So, the argument that we need to eat other animals, so we can gain B12 is irrational. They do not naturally produce B12. On factory farms, some animals are even supplemented B12, because they are only fed corn and grain , while other animals absorb their B12 by grazing on grass. B12 is found in the soil and dirt. Unlike humans, when these animals graze, they do not first wash the dirt off their food, so they ingest some of the soil containing the B12.

So, if animals are supplemented B12, it is perfectly rational for humans to too, because most of us are not willing to eat vegetables with dirt still on it. It is important to buy supplements that absorb well and that are the most natural (not including ingredients made in a lab). When looking for B12 supplements, make sure you buy methylcobalamin B12, not cyanocobalamin, which is not natural to your body (because it was created in a lab). The most absorbable B12 supplements are sublingual sprays, which you spray underneath your tongue. You can also incorporate B12 into your diet by drinking kombucha (contains probiotics or healthy bacteria), nutritional yeast (similar tasting to cheese, can be sprinkled on top of foods), and spirulina (usually comes in a powder, can be added to smoothies).

Iron: A lack of iron in your diet can lead to fatigue and lethargy. It is essential in the movement of oxygen in your blood and throughout your entire body. Iron deficiency can lead to anemia (a lack of blood). To avoid this, eat iron rich plant-based foods, such as, sweet potatoes, spirulina, quinoa, tofu, pumpkin seeds, lentils, beans, peas, and dark leafy greens. Iron can also be supplemented.

So, you have gone your whole life believing meat, dairy, and eggs are necessary and are good for you. Same. But, come to find out they’re not?:

Milk(and other dairy products): Although milk contains calcium, which is good for your bones, it also depletes calcium from your bones. You barely absorb the calcium in milk, when you drink it. When consuming milk, the animal protein acidifies the body’s pH, which the body then needs to correct by using the calcium already in your bones. Not only does milk deplete your body of vital calcium, but it also contains puss, literally. Many cows have infections or “production related diseases” that cause inflammatory immune cells which form puss in their milk. Does consuming puss really sound healthy? Other than puss, milk also contains casein, in fact casein makes up 87% of milk protein. It is also a major carcinogen (directly involved in causing cancer). Now that you know milk is not really healthy here are few more questions to ponder, that will probably make it seem even more so:

Ever question the fact that you are drinking another species milk, made to grow a baby calf into a 2,000 pound animal, that at some point stops drinking its own mother’s milk, yet we never stop drinking milk?

If you were out in the wild, would you go up to a cow and squeeze some milk out of its udder? Or, would you much prefer sticking to water?

Eggs: Eggs are not baby chicks. Ever wonder where eggs come from? You know they come from chickens, but what exactly makes a hen lay an egg, well, of course, like female humans, it’s part of their menstruation cycle. The chicken eggs you cook for breakfast are unfertilized eggs or periods. Another species menstruation cycle does not sound healthy to consume to me. That’s because it’s not. Eggs are not a good source of protein, because along with being acidic animal protein, eggs are also your highest source of cholesterol. Trust me, you don’t need anymore cholesterol. Your body naturally already has it. And, another thing, no plants contain cholesterol. So, stop eating eggs, and you won’t have to worry about eating Cheerios to lower your cholesterol, unless you like Cheerios. While I’m on the subject of Cheerios, just make sure they don’t contain honey, because honey is bee vomit, and humans consuming bee vomit is not natural or necessary. If you don’t believe that its bee vomit, well, why would someone try to sell a product and call it what it is? You don’t see cow flesh shoes being advertised. You see suede shoes being advertised. Who would buy bee vomit to eat and shoes made out of animal flesh to wear?

Meat: The industry telling you you need to eat meat to get protein, thats the meat industry. I know its shocking. Lets call it what it is. Its propaganda.  They also tell you humans have always eaten meat to survive. If you look at our evolutionary history though, you’ll see that humans diets were mainly plant based. Some of the strongest men in recorded history, gladiators, were either vegan or vegetarian, and stuck to a mainly plant-based diet. Ancient Egyptians were also mainly plant-based. These were the people smart enough and strong enough to build the pyramids. They must of been smart about what they were putting into their bodies too.

So, what does meat actually do? It increases your risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity. All meat, dairy, and eggs contain saturated fat and cholesterol, which create these types of health issues. How can eating meat be apart of human beings’ natural diet, if it causes health issues? If this was the proper diet for our species, wouldn’t it nurture our bodies, not destroy them? You don’t see lions struggling with dietary related diseases. Lions are eating what they are meant to, which is meat. There is a reason they have sharp claws and canines and we do not. There is a reason they have short intestines, while humans have long intestines. Humans need long intestines to break down fiber and absorb nutrients. Where does fiber come from? Plants. Lions’ intestines don’t need to break down plant fiber, but ours do. So, our bodies are literally designed to absorb nutrient rich plants. And, lastly, lets get real. No human has the desire to kill a cow, unless they’re a sociopath. No human is going to see a cow, realize they’re hungry, and then go try and sink their dull nails and blunt teeth into its flesh. Its just unnatural. To get someone to eat a steak, you have to disguise it, by cooking it and adding different seasoning and sauces to it, until it no longer resembles raw animal flesh.

“Lets say I go vegan. I can’t have cheese? So, then, what do I eat?”

There are vegan options for everything. Yes, there are even non-dairy substitutes for cheese and ice cream. It is almost too easy to find and create delicious vegan recipes. Really, anyone is capable. You just have to be willing to try things out. If I’ve got you interested in becoming vegan now, I am going to post a beginners guide later on, with recipes and grocery staples, that will help people transition from eating meat, dairy, and eggs, to a completely plant-based diet.

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I will also be posting a part two to my explanation, where I will discuss the environmental and ethical reasons of why I am vegan.

In the meantime, here are a couple of articles on veganism:

If you like junk food, you’ll enjoy this: http://www.peta.org/living/food/accidentally-vegan/

http://nutritionstudies.org/animal-protein-carcinogen/

https://www.drmcdougall.com/misc/2007nl/apr/protein.htm

http://www.unep.org/climatechange/News/PressRelease/tabid/416/language/en-US/Default.aspx?DocumentId=628&ArticleId=6595

http://www.ancient-origins.net/news-evolution-human-origins/new-study-reveals-ancient-egyptians-were-mostly-vegetarian-001638

https://www.bustle.com/articles/137865-8-reasons-meat-is-bad-for-you-yes-even-chicken

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/christina-pirello/vegan-benefits_b_909761.html

https://www.buzzfeed.com/deenashanker/satisfying-vegan-dinners?utm_term=.ye51qWGQY#.goA4VP05w

http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/89/5/1627S.full

And Documentaries About Veganism on Netflix:

Cowspiracy

Forks Over Knives

Vegucated

Food Inc.

Food Matters

Plant Pure Nation

Live and Let Live

This video might just make something click in your brain. It clearly defines how becoming vegan is healthier for your whole being, and to me, makes more sense than being an omnivore.