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ARMY VETERAN FINDS VEGANISM
By admin October 21, 2021

ARMY VETERAN FINDS VEGANISM

Have you ever considered what it would be like if you consumed only plants?

I have eaten meat all my life.
The whispers and promises of being a strong man is what meat represented, and it still does. As an American, born and raised in the mid-west, the schools taught us that all food together was the healthiest diet. Growing up, meat consumption was normal and we never questioned it.

When I was twenty years of age, I joined the army. During my time in service I got involved in an accident that permanently damaged my spine, causing me chronic pain that would last a lifetime. This was a turning point for me, because I had to look for possible solutions to live with my health issues. I first turned to exercise, which then led to more of a focus on my diet.

The obvious offenders left my kitchen first: Processed and sugar – rich foods were immediately banished. Every possible measure to improve my diet was taken, including macros and tracking. However, I still knew there was room for more improvement. With my background in the military and fitness, I actually increased my meat consumption! Little did I know that I was working against my own goals to treat the chronic pain.

As I continued to study food, I decided on a Pescatarian diet, as many of us are aware that fish is good for the good health of our bodies. Still, my focus was on eating large amounts of fish, which was my interpretation of being fit and healthy. Prior to this, I hated vegetables! After getting used to them, I noticed I felt much better in terms of energy and pain. Realizing vegetables were improving my health, I continued to add more of them to my diet until I became vegetarian. The tremendous way that vegetables were making me feel slowly led me towards experimenting with them. I realized that they were the best energy source for me. During further studies, while I was considering the whole-food plant-based approach, I came across the hidden fact that our bodies only utilize a small amount of protein every day for muscle building, which was contrary to what I was taught, that more is better!

Then it dawned on me! “Could it be the meat? What would happen if I removed it from my diet?” I pondered, as I dived into numerous studies showing how healthy a plant based diet could be. After all the overwhelming facts I uncovered in my studies, I made the life changing decision to turn vegan. The eggs and dairy were the last to leave my meal planning. Almost instantly, I could feel the difference the vegan diet had made. My energy was endless, brain fog was gone! My body had become lighter. Whereas before, when I was consuming animal protein, I would get extremely tired and felt like I was forcing my body to accomplish even menial tasks. My pain levels had decreased too! The big strong soldier had become keenly aware that meat was not necessary as he had previously believed.

Almost two years later, the Army veteran still consumes only plants. On this journey of life we all are trying to be happy and healthy. Whole-food plant-based diet can very well be the way more people can live better. Plants did it for me, and they can do it for you too.

If you are reading this and you have never considered or tried becoming vegan, know that it is a gradual process. If you are suffering from chronic conditions, you should strongly consider what a whole-food plant-based approach could do to benefit you. Know that disliking vegetables isn’t something you are born with, it is an adaptation. If you are determined, you can love and live on vegetables too. I was a carnivore for thirty years, and in two years I became a vegan.

You only have one body, take care of it and it will take care of you.

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