Vegan by Season aims to inspire living in the most universally healthy and sustainable way.
Thoughts for Food
Starting with You
What you consume impacts the body you are building and extends into the world you are creating. Your specific diet literally has the power to destroy you and the world we live in. Alternatively, what you eat can empower you and nurture a healthy ecosystem.
Ultimate health is only achieved with utmost integrity. This starts cognitively, with how we think. Healthy thoughts foster healthy actions. When maintaining integrity we are forced to be consistent with how we think, live, eat, exercise, sleep, etc… When we live with integrity toward a healthy lifestyle we live healthy in everything we do and succeed toward ultimate health.
In the everyday hustle and bustle of life it’s easy to acquiesce into a fast food and/or media driven diet. But, convenient foods may not be the smartest to put into your body. And, the media most likely isn’t going to give you the whole story or even the truth. So, it’s important to know what to look for. Once you’re aware and have healthy habits, a vegan routine can be just as convenient and in every way profoundly more rewarding.
As a healthy vegan you will feel better, become more confident, and in turn have more potential for success in everything you do. You most likely lose most if not all your unwanted weight, get sick less, and may reduce doctor visits down to none! In turn you’ll save money, live better and longer! And healthier you doesn’t stop with you! When you are living healthy you create a healthier world on every level.
The healthier you are the healthier others may now become around you. Without even trying you will invariably influence friends, family, and even strangers to live healthier. Directly and/or indirectly you may not convince everyone, at least entirely, to become vegan. And some people may just need more time. Nonetheless, you will have a very positive and powerful impact on all the lives around you.
As a vegan, your non-vegan family and friends will notice a difference. Grocery shopping, going out to eat, at parties, etc… you’re going to be doing things very differently. Even when friends and/or family have a look in your refrigerator. The vegan lifestyle makes non-vegans think! This doesn’t have to be uncomfortable because you are now living smarter and with integrity.
In time, it also becomes evident that many non-vegans will start making more vegan choices. Just passively being the vegan you are inspires most logical people to be more conscientious about what they consume. Eventually they’re very likely to act on this.
Feeding the World
Inspiring others to eat healthier is one thing. We have the potential to feed everyone around the globe when we take livestock out of the equation. Livestock is a gigantic waste of land, resources, and grains. Diverse vegan crops are vastly more effective, productive, and sustainable.
The hundreds of thousands of livestock bread for slaughtering are fed grains we could be eating. It is estimated that 50% of grain production goes to livestock worldwide, in the US it’s 70%.
Saving the World
Collectively the healthier we live the healthier the ecosystem and entire world will be. Our diet gravely impacts everything on the planet. Not just you, not just other people, but all forms of life and beyond are affected.
Habitat destruction is considered the main reason for species extinction worldwide. In just one generation we’ve destroyed over half the rain forest and have created hundreds of dead zones in oceans around the world. As a result we are destroying species thousands of times faster than they can naturally be replaced. The main culprit for loss of habitat is agriculture, what we eat!
It makes sense that the food industry would be one of the largest industries in the world. The food industry could even eclipse all other industries as we evolve further off the grid. So big money is made in food. The more efficient the food industry is the more money they make; even if it’s at the expense of our long term health and detrimental to the well being of the entire world. The food industry has become so efficient that left unchanged they will most likely succeed in destroying all of the rain forest and the majority of life’s diversity in the sea, air, and land within two generations or less.
In short, the effect your diet has is circular between you and the world. In other words; a healthier you creates a healthier world and a healthier world creates a healthier you. We can only actualize our healthiest potential within a healthy world.
The effect you have on the world (your footprint) is cohesively connected to your lifestyle, most notably your diet. So, here we focus on diet because it is the most powerful way to affect global change; helping people live healthier and minimizing our impact on the planet. The vegan way enables us to live in harmony with the environment. Each of us makes a difference, together we change the world.
SmithsonianMag.com Is the Livestock Industry Destroying the Planet?
Science.Time.com The Triple Whopper Environmental Impact of Global Meat Production
EarthSave.org Food Choices and the Planet
A Not So Big and Invincible World
Growing up in the 70’s, before the internet, the world seemed to be incomprehensibly enormous. Furthermore, into my young adulthood it seemed as though the world was invincible to our impact. This idea of thinking the world is invincible is unfortunately a common idea.
With the advent of the internet, in the 90’s, I was able to learn and experience the world in awesome and unprecedented ways. Now in my 40’s and influenced heavily by travel, experience, and education the world has become progressively smaller over the last decade. And, I now understand how unfortunately vulnerable the world is to our impact on it.
When I was wasteful and indiscriminately eating animals I was ignorant to what I was doing to my body, animals, our world, and eventually my son’s future. When I finally became conscientious about my diet I realized I needed to change.
For decades I was acting on the sensation of my diet and activities, like a kid, “if it taste good I want it!” I was not behaving on the premise of knowledge and logic, “If I eat this it will harm my body over time and the world!” There is a lag in the distance of the effect. After all, I don’t become obese right away or get sick right away. Furthermore, it takes time to research these things and really we are the experiment. It can take decades to realize the true effects of what we consume. Then that has to pervade through the media and reverse the mindset of our culture. This lag in knowledge enabled me to be ignorant about what I consumed and deepened my footprint on this planet.
Our collective understanding of the world has evolved over thousands of years. Considering how this occurs on a general population, it is not much different than how my individual understanding of the world has evolved throughout my lifetime. Realizing how my knowledge has evolved has helped me understand how cultures hold on to their religions, societies cling to their governments, how people depend on their diets, and how the world in general has reached it’s current disposition.
When we discover something we enjoy, like tobacco, and mix that in with capitalism corporations find ways to produce and market it as efficiently and powerful as they can. We do this with everything possible; like religion, food, pharmaceuticals, transportation, cell phones, etc… The excitement and availability becomes widespread long before we understand the reality of it.
Tainted Consumer Demand
All of these consumable accomplishments are driven by capitalism and tainted consumer demand. And all of this happens before we know anything about the reality of it’s effect on us and our world. It may take decades, centuries, or even millennia before we do anything about the negative effects of something we adapt into our culture. Maybe it’s like the stages of loss where we collectively go through denial, bargaining, anger, and depression before we ever reach acceptance. Whatever the case, capitalism absolutely is the only winner of our knowledge lag and tainted consumer demand.
Small Winners, Big Losers
Each of us play a major role in these experiments and they effect us all. But, the toll doesn’t stop with humans, the entire world and all species of life are effected as well.
A small percent of humans reap magnificent rewards through this process. They are the driving force that propels these industries. The system enables capitalist to lobby for the perpetuation of their gain. The most disturbing part is, this continues long after we know it’s effects on humans and our environment.
Consider the tobacco industry for example. The US was practically founded on tobacco. At the time, this was such a precious commodity, so much so that governments implemented severe punishments, including execution, to those taking tobacco outside of their country.
For centuries we admired smoking. It seemed like everyone smoked, even doctors in hospitals! Tobacco ads were targeted toward children, smoking was part of the script in most movies, peer pressure was hot on smoking. The smoking industry controlled studies and the media working hard to debunk anything negative about it. It wasn’t until the knowledge lag gap was finally closed through multiple lawsuits and tons of scientific evidence that it became taboo and practically de-legalized in most public situations. But, the fight against tobacco took decades.
Collectively, most knew smoking was bad though long before it became taboo. And as individuals we knew how completely stupid it was long before we quit. But the weapons of influence employed by the industry made it so addicting. They extended their influence through every source possible: making it addictive both physically and mentally.
How could it be that an industry so vast, like the food and drug industries, could be so heartless that they would continue to deceive and push their products into market when they’re destroying and killing millions? This could only be because our system is gravely broken and corrupt.
Becoming vegan threatens the food industry. The food industry is one of the largest industries in the world. In a system that is so insidiously broken and corrupt, our entire world has become victim to our consuming without thinking. The knowledge lag is perpetuated and enforced by the media which is driven by big industry. As a result, the overwhelming majority of people on this planet eat without really knowing what they’re eating and/or it’s effects on the planet and the future of all species.
Nobody Likes to Lose
To make matters worse, people do not like to be wrong or lose anything. And, eating is such a rewarding, daily activity. It’s understandably hard for people to imagine going without something that is so sensational. They’ve developed a taste for their diet. We psychologically crave whatever we feed our brains and bodies. We learn to gravitate toward that, not away from it. We trained our bodies that this is what we eat. So, we condition ourselves with every bite. Changing that would be a lose of what you’re used to.
It seems so much easier to go with the flow. Especially in the hustle and bustle of life. Losing what you may have grown up eating, grilling out the same way you’re accustomed, eating whatever is available at parties, eating what others want, eating exactly what’s on the menu, eating what your significant other or parents cook, that’s all a lot to lose! Then to further compound this epidemic issue, we are constantly bombarded with ads, myths, the illusion of convenience through industrialized availability, and social pressures.
Again, the advent of the internet has enabled us to spread knowledge and narrow the gap of knowledge lag. There are a lot of amazing documentaries out there as well. Only, we’ve already dug so deep, killed so many, and destroyed so much. We do not have anymore time to waste as we continue to lose loved ones, hurt ourselves, keep harming animals, and destroy our precious planet. Collectively we need to wake up and turn this boat around.
Come Back to Earth!
You eat to give your body nutrition. It doesn’t have to be overstimulating. You will physiologically adapt fast to appreciating the basic taste of a healthy diet. You will feel great knowing this is all you needed to fuel yourself. Then you will be energized to use your body to enjoy life more powerfully.
Remember, it’s about what is nutritious, not what “used to be” delicious. An apple, pear, peach, banana, grapefruit, orange, watermelon, etc… is delicious.
Anastasjia Louise shares her experience after being a vegan for a year. Prior to becoming vegan she had a lot of stomach problems, she was constipated, she had eating disorders which was why her weight undulated. She says she was forced into it because her non-vegan diet was killing her, which made it a fast transition for her.
She goes on to explain that her hair, nails, skin. Hair grows faster and has thickened. Her skin had discoloration which is now it is a lot less pervasive. Like her hair, her nails are stronger and grow faster.
Her love of the outdoors has become more intense. While she’s always loved animals and nature in general, she feels much more “in touch” with it all now.
She says a third thing about becoming vegan is mental clarity. Now she can focus on things, like read a book now. And her anxiety has “slowly been deteriorating”.
A fourth thing, she now has way more energy. She even wakes up earlier. She doesn’t even have to use an alarm. So, now she’s “getting more things done”.
The last benefit to being vegan she shares is regarding her immune system. In just a few months she noticed her now stronger immune system.
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