So why am I really doing this? Number one for me is my own health, it makes me feel healthier and better all around. Number two is to lessen the number of animals killed or raised for food sources. After researching things, one of the little facts I learned is that a large majority of greenhouse gases are caused by cows. Yep, cow's farting out their methane does more damage than cars! Scary, but true. Is one person going to change the world? No, but a lot of "one persons" making changes can help to make a change.
People ask, "Why now, why at my age?" It started with my fitness program, just feeling better, eating better and feeling like now I could stick to it and do this. I feel SO much better, more energy, just better all around. I'm sure it's a combo of things, but so far it rocks!
So food at home? I recently did a couple of green smoothies. I thought I would hate it but I blended water, spinach, kale, apple, 1/2 banana, mixed frozen berries and it was really good. An easy way to get my veggies in and actually really good. The little bit of fruit compared to the greens gave it just the right sweetness.
So people ask, where do I get my nutrients, protein, minerals, calcium, etc. Well, many veggies are higher in nutrients, minerals, calcium, etc than meat or cows milk. Plants are totally nutrient dense. So I'm not missing anything, except maybe B-12. But B-12 comes from bacteria. So to get B-12 you eat meat that has been contaminated with B-12 from soil, poop, etc to get the B-12 onto the meat. Meat gets the majority of B-12 from the slaughtering facility. That freaked me out a bit. I can take B-12 once a week if I need to and get plenty!
The calcium added to orange juice is actually better absorbed by the body than the calcium in cow's milk. After weaning, most people become lactose intolerant. That has been bred out of the Caucasian race and only 20% of Caucasians are lactose intolerant. If you look at other races it's up at 50-80% lactose intolerant. And why are we the only species that drink another animals milk after weaning? Hmm... makes you think a bit.
Where does the protein come from? Did you know that grains such as Quinoa, Amaranth, Millet, etc. have so much protein and calcium that you can get almost all your calcium from one cup of cooked grain? And the protein levels are really high. Add also that Quinoa supplies all the essential amino acids your body needs and that's hard to beat. Only buy Bob's Red Mill Organic Quinoa though, it's the best and needs no rinsing. All other quinoa has to be rinsed before cooking to remove the bitter saponin that is on the outside of the grain. This quinoa rocks! Use it instead of rice and see how good it is. That was news to me before I started this, some grains are powerhouses of nutrition.
What else is in my kitchen?
Nuts, seeds, whole grains, lots of different veggies and fruits, the right kinds of oils such as olive oil, hemp seed oil, pumpkin seed oil, flax oil, tempeh, seitan, hemp milk, almond milk, non-dairy yogurt, hemp milk ice cream (Tempt Living Harvest really rocks!), veggie burgers, beans, chili, etc, etc, etc...
What's missing? Just meat, milk, butter, cheese. Do I miss it? Nope!
Do I get hungry? Nope, not really, when I can eat right. I fill up so fast and stay satiated longer eating lots of veggies and grains than I did with meat, dairy, etc. It's a bit harder on the road when your options are a bagel as a vegan item.
Can I keep it up? Hell ya, feeling like this? There's no stopping me! It really isn't that hard and it makes me feel better and that's all I need!
Eat your veggies,