Two years ago while on vacation in Las Vegas, I rolled the dice and made the decision to go vegan. I adopted an herbivore mentality towards nutrition, in hope of escaping a never-ending downward spiral of chronic disease.
First, it was autoimmune liver disease, then it was inflammatory bowel disease, and finally it was osteoarthritis/osteopenia. My immune system was confused and overloaded with foreign toxins. I was losing my organs while my bones/joints were deteriorating in what felt like a slow painful death. With each new year, the diagnoses were increasing, the medications were getting stronger, and the bills were piling up. My body and life were falling apart, and I knew this could not be the story that the universe had planned for me. I was fighting the wrong battle.
Adopting a vegan diet wasn’t the end all. It was actually just the beginning and a monumental but challenging step in a direction that opened my eyes up to the power of plants and herbs and how our body contains the intrinsic recipes to heal and thrive. Over the last 2 years, I’ve been blessed to share my story and results with so many others. My family supported my evidence-based decision and joined the club. If it weren’t for this lifestyle change, my dad would have likely lost his battle to cancer. I always ponder if I’d even be alive or would I already have colorectal cancer or recurrent liver disease by now? I was so sick that I honestly never thought I’d see the day where my body would be disease free yet alone down to 11% body fat. In fact, I don’t even remember the last time I had a cold/flu.
In just 2 years, my family alone has saved: 3.2 million gallons of water, 117k pounds of grain, 87.6k square feet of forest, 58.4k pounds of carbon dioxide, 2.9k animals, and thousands in medical bills. Even one person CAN make a substantial impact and imagine what we can achieve together.
Believe it or not, my first vegan meal was actually vegan candy from a gift shop in Vegas. It’s not about how you start, or how vegan you are, or which vegan products you support. It’s not about you or me. It’s about everyone else who is currently eating their way to death. It’s about our planet, it’s about every animal that is currently being beaten or murdered alive. Even one vegan meal can make an impact. With the rise of new vegan / plant-based options and the power of social media, we have an opportunity to change the narrative. When I reflect on my experience and observations, it is clear that the karma in the mass genocide of animals for recreational eating is the modern human health epidemic and climate change that could quite potentially be the end of our species. This universe only gives us what we put out.
Just as a tree starts with a seed and needs many elements and seasons to grow, so do our bodies and a movement to a new beginning. Today is the day that you too can be a part of the solution rather than the problem.