When I was nine, getting close to turning ten, something in me (I don’t remember exactly why or what) struck up an interest in the food industry. As I started educating myself, there was one specific book I remember reading at that time, Chew On This: Everything You Don’t Want to Know About Fast Food by Eric Schlosser and Charles Wilson (a book by the same author as, Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal, but Chew On This was Schlossers book aimed specifically towards youth to educate them on the fast food system). As I was reading the book, the section about animals came up and my little-ten-year-old-heart just broke into pieces, and that was that… At ten years old I went vegetarian.
At the start it was all purely for animal rights, but as I grew older my vegetarianism also became largely due to health. I started vaguely hearing about how dangerous animal products, specifically eating them in large amounts (such as in a typical western diet), can be on one’s health. BUT I still didn’t really know the environmental impacts certain foods have on the planet.
As my interest continued within the past few months, I started to really educate myself on the impacts that the food I was putting in my body was having on my health and the world around us. And It SHOCKED me to realize that after all these years of eating a vegetarian diet, there was still a lot of knowledge that I just completely lacked (and still a load of information I need to learn). The problem with being naive like this, is that I didn’t even realize the large amount of knowledge I was missing and just completely unaware of.
A lot of things can pass through our life without much conscious thought. The pure fact that I have been dealing with a terrible digestive system basically my whole life (to sum it up pretty bad IBS, along with… chronic migraines, a large amount of fatigue, and not to mention hormonal imbalances which effect my mental health), and to realize I never seriously thought that the food I was putting in my body needed to be adjusted in order to fix these issues is odd. Looking back on it now, I find it bizarre that I just accepted the discomfort and let myself live like this. Instead I should have taken my health into my own hands in order to try and live a healthier, happier life. So that is what I plan on doing now!
Since this realization, I’ve started learning more about a balanced diet, and more specifically a balanced whole foods plant-based diet (aka a healthy vegan diet). I have started to really educate myself on all the nutrients and vitamins I need to be getting in my diet, along with researching more on how diet can induce or reduce diseases (many which can be fatal), how our commercialized food industry silently controls our life, as well as the impact it has on our planet and the animals (but seriously, cow farts are one of the factors destroying our planet… too many cows)!
I am still learning. I am still growing. And I am not claiming to be an expert on this topic (because I’m not, at least not yet), but I hope to join in the whole “vegan movement” and help show that is is totally possible & easy to live a healthy, happy, and very tasty plant-based lifestyle.
As I continue to learn more about nutrition and how the vegan diet impacts our bodies and the planet, I will be sharing my knowledge on here, along with vegan recipes and tips. Maybe no one will read my blog posts (and this will be purely for my own self growth), but hopefully some of you will come along with me.
I welcome you and challenge you to start learning more about the food you are putting in your body. I don’t expect you to go vegan, but even if it is just changing one meal a week to a vegan meal, or if it is buying cruelty-free and organic products, or if it is simply just reading and thinking about how the food you are eating is effecting yourself and the world around us. All the small things make a difference.
So here it is, the start of it all..!