My Vegan Journey 2

When I initially decided to become a vegetarian it was for the health benefits associated with a plant based diet. At the time I made this decision a friend of mine asked why I was doing it. When I explained my reasons to her, her response to me was; you’re going to go back to eating meat then. My response back to her was; I probably will.

Well that was 16 months ago, and so much has changed in that short time. As I’ve stated in past blog entries I went to a vegan diet shortly after becoming a vegetarian and my views started changing and I started to transform to a vegan lifestyle as well. Now I can say with complete confidence I will never eat any kind of meat, dairy or fish again.

Now I’m not rounding up all my leather and disposing of it, when I ride my motorcycle in 35 degree weather I’ll still be in full leather gear, however as pieces need to be replaced, they will be replaced with non-leather, animal friendly, cruelty free options.

A common question people ask me when I tell them I’m vegan is “really, how do you feel”? They ask this question as if I told them I voluntarily had a healthy lung removed just for the hell of it. I chose to start eating a healthy plant based diet that meets all my nutritional needs how do you think I feel? Well I guess I should just answer the question. I feel better than I ever have.

It’s funny to me how people react to me (or anyone else for that matter) being vegan, however these same people don’t blink an eye at the concept of removing carbohydrates from their diet. Carbohydrates are absolutely essential for the human body to function properly, the consequences of removing or not getting enough carbohydrates can be dire.

Yesterday at the gym I was talking to my friend and he asked me if I thought that my recent knee injury was because of my diet. Well let’s see, I’ve been a runner since 1978 and a martial artist since 1985, I’ve had 2 previous knee surgeries and 1 on my shoulder. While I was training 3 months ago my knee twisted and popped, 3 weeks ago while running I stepped into a small divot on the path that caused my foot to bend inward therefore putting pressure on my knee and it popped out. Yeah it must’ve been my diet.

Peace

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