Sweet Things 4 Life
Sharing our journey toward a more natural, simple, healthful lifestyle.
One of the easiest ways to convince someone to go vegan is to show them the results. If you talk about all the health benefits, you need to back it up. Although Mike and I have been vegan for over a year and a half we didn't start focusing on losing weight and getting into shape until about a month ago. There was a long transition time where we primarily focused just on eating vegan, not on eating whole, plant foods and we hardly worked out at all. I hope you don't think this is true of all new vegans, part of it was the circumstances. We had just moved into an apartment and couldn't afford gym memberships so exercise wasn't a top priority.
I know I’m guilty of this, so I apologize for using the terms vegan and plant-based diet interchangeably. Vegan has become such a common word in today’s vocabulary that it doesn’t seem out of place to talk about our vegan diet, however “veganism” as a philosophy extends far beyond diet choices.
Veganism is the belief that animals are not here for our consumption. This goes beyond the cows, chickens and pigs on factory farms that are killed for their flesh. This includes all sentient beings including bees, sheep, and other insects that have something taken from them. Aside from avoiding meat, eggs and dairy, vegans also eliminate honey, wool, silk, leather and suede from their lives and any other food or products that cause harm to animals.
Beyonce has gotten a lot of flack the last two days for her “big” announcement. Apparently, publically announcing that her recent diet change is the reason she looks and feels so great is not newsworthy enough for even her most loyal fans. Beyonce confirmed her vegan diet has resulted in her weight loss and firmer skin. After the hyped-up spot aired, haters took to social media to let her know how they felt.
Why are food and diet choices not newsworthy? Why would announcing that she’s pregnant or going on tour be more important than her health and wellness? We’re constantly reminded of the sad state of our overall health. Rising rates of obesity and sky-rocketing cases of juvenile diabetes make their way into the news cycle. But the moment someone talks about a diet that makes them feel and look amazing without restricting calories people lose their shit.
I know this is one of the first things that flashes through people's minds when we start talking about the health benefits of a vegan lifestyle. Well if a vegan diet can help cure heart disease, diabetes and cancer why aren't doctors putting people on a strict vegan regimen? I was skeptical at the beginning too. When I first watched Forks Over Knives I immediately thought, why aren't more doctors recommending this "treatment"? The answer is simple and appalling. Education and money.
Katie & Mike
We want to share our journey toward living a simpler, more natural and healthy lifestyle with you. As we navigate through an increasingly complex and tech-driven life, we'll share our goals, triumphs and struggles as we attempt to return to a simpler way of living.