why vegan

just a thought...

It seems like a lot of people I know who are recovering from an ED end up adopting a plant based or vegan diet. And we often get a lot of shit for it because “veganism is another way to restrict.” I think that on the whole that’s BS. ED’s are destructive, reckless, unhealthy. So recovery pushes us to reverse this and be constructive, careful, healthy. An awareness of food combined with this idea of minimizing harm/suffering–to ourselves, and the animals that food often comes from–makes veganism seem so logical. My life and my health shouldn’t come at the cost of the health of another living being. I think veganism embodies compassion for all lives, self-awareness, PEACE, self-love, HEALTH, sustenance, LOVE.  

Beyond all the arguments about canines, about plants “feeling pain” and what we evolved to eat, veganism comes down to one simple question: If you could choose to live a lifestyle that causes less harm to animals, humans and the planet, why would you choose not to? What reason could possibly be good enough? Habit? Tradition? Convenience? Taste? These things are important to all of us, but are they important enough to compromise your values for?

Imagine you come home to find a dead animal in your house. Most people would treat such a discovery with sadness and/or revulsion, because even if you don’t like animals, it’s still pretty gross to find a corpse in your house, and your first instinct would likely be to put the body outside, to bury or otherwise dispose of it.
So why do you not treat the dead animals in your fridge in the same way? Is it because they don’t look like dead cows, pigs, sheep and birds? Because they often come in neat little packages with dissociative names like ‘beef’ or 'pork’?
Make the connection.
Go vegan.

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Lopsided cows deserve love too 💛

Vegetarians are doing great things by removing the bodies of animals from their diets, but oftentimes they don’t realize their dairy consumption is contributing to the harm of cows like Mario.

As a male calf born to the dairy industry (on a “free range” farm, might I add) he was deemed useless and thrown into a dead pile. Luckily a worker with a kind soul saw movement below the bodies and contacted farm sanctuary to save the now smooshed but still very alive Mario. Seventeen years later he’s a happy guy who spends his days asking for scratches and grazing with his best friend Linus.

i feel as if i always have to act like the ‘cool vegan’ and it really bothers me. why should i brush off the exploitation and slaughter of billions of animals like it’s no big deal?
why should i silence myself to make you feel comfortable? those are my friends. please don’t eat them.

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I didn’t go vegan because I loved animals.  I was entirely apathetic towards animals for most of my life.  I was one of those “haha showing me slaughterhouses just makes me want to eat meat” kind of carnists.

I didn’t go vegan because I loved animals.  I went vegan because, when shown how terrible animal agriculture is for the environment, economy, and society at large was, it seemed like the logical choice to make.

I didn’t go vegan because I loved animals.  I learned to love animals after I went vegan.  Once I stopped eating them, I saw the life in them for the first time in my own life.

Almost everyone would say they are against animal abuse but only omnivores are happy to pay for cows, pigs, chickens, sheep and fish to be tortured and murdered on a daily bases so they can eat their dead flesh. When they say they are against animal abuse, they only refer to a select few species. You can’t love animals and eat them too. End of story.

Animal agriculture is one of the largest contributors to rain forest destruction, greenhouse gases, pollution, inefficient resource use / overconsumption (including grains, land, and water), and of course the death of billions of animals worldwide (both wild/endangered and domestic).

If you were thinking of making any environmental changes to your life this Earth Day, why not adopt veganism? If you think it’s an extreme lifestyle: is it really more extreme than the harm we cause by eating and exploiting animals?

And if you’ve ever been told you can’t go vegan (for whatever reason) click here! I’m sure there’s a solution for you.