My Resolution to go Plant-Based Vegan

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“Until one has loved an animal, a part of ones soul remains unawakened.” ~Anatole France Carlson

Elizabeth

This is my second interview in a series with my plant-strong vegan friends. This time I met with Elizabeth at a local Starbucks where we chatted for a good hour. Elizabeth has been a vegan for four and a half years.

What inspired you to go plant-based vegan? I went vegetarian in 2001. I’d always felt vegetarian was the way I should be ever since I was a child, but I used to joke that I couldn’t be a vegetarian since I didn’t like vegetables. Then I came home one night and turned on the TV and there was an exposé on the slaughter industry. Hidden footage. Once I saw and realized what it was, after they showed it twice, I haven’t eaten meat since.

My two daughters followed me into being vegetarian, but both within six months went into being vegan. I didn’t know what a vegan was. I believed the common myths about being vegan – that they wouldn’t get enough calcium and protein, but the more my daughters exposed me to the facts of veganism I just learned its possible & began to do more research on line.

What have been some of the challenges? Probably the biggest challenge has been the misconception about veganism. That has come through criticism from people who aren’t, who think we’re all a bunch of hippie freaks. Some vegans are and some aren’t! Also the availability of good vegan options. It’s slowly getting better!

What have been some of the surprises? Health issues without trying. I’ve always had good cholesterol and blood pressure. They have almost plummeted. I didn’t become vegan for health reasons but for animal rights. It’s helped me understand the health aspects of it so much more. My main reason for veganism is animal rights.

Have you noticed a change in perception in the way people see vegetarians and vegans? The way they perceive us is as a bunch of hippie animal right freaks. Therefore I make a point that when I go somewhere to take pictures of the food I eat so that people can see (friends on FaceBook) that it’s not just a bowl of lettuce that I eat. I do think its changing because people are slowly getting educated. Things are coming to the forefront about how animals are treated in factory farms. When California banned Foie Gras and talks about gestation crates has been in mass media. People are becoming more aware of what’s happening to their food.

What is the greatest plus to being a plant-strong vegan? I feel good about what I eat. I know it’s right so it feels good!

Any closing words for our readers? The more I learn about a plant-based vegan diet and the more research that’s done it’s in the best interest for mankind. The first books I read was The Okinawa Program and The Okinawa Diet. The Okinawa Program had been on Oprah. I read it. It’s by three doctors. It’s not a vegan book. The doctors wanted to find out what made people live the longest. The people in Okinawa were some of the longest living people in the world. They found that these people ate very little meat, maybe once or twice a week and if they did it was mostly fish. Also, they had little to no breast cancer and were therefore not testing them for it as we do here in the West. Of course this has changed since their diet has become more westernized. 

I also read “Mad Cowboy”, “Fast Food Nation“, and “The China Study“. As I closed the book to The China Study on December 31st, 2007, I literally said, “That’s it! I’m vegan.” I’m impressed you remember the date! Well, it was New Years Eve, but it wasn’t my New Years Eve resolution to go vegan.

A year before going vegan I started doing animal rights activism. That’s where I started learning more about the treatment of the animals. I think we all have “a cup” that can be filled and as we fill it with more and more information – both health and animal right aspects – at some point the cup overflows and you get it. I wish it was as simple as handing someone a vegan animal rights pamphlet, a book or video that would make others realize and understand the impact, not only on themselves, but also on the planet and the animals.

Thank you so much to Elizabeth for sharing her story! I left our meeting feeling really touched & inspired by Elizabeth’s passion for the animals and the environment. Our planet needs more compassionate people like her!

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About urbanveganchic

I'm an urban chic woman, who is passionate about educating others about the benefits of a whole foods, plant-based vegan diet, cancer prevention & survival, as well as art & life. I love adventures and travel. As an artist and a teacher, I care deeply about healthy living, being a conscious steward of our planet, and being kind & respectful towards animals. Learning about a vegan plant-based diet has been like discovering a new country and falling in love with it, so if I sound like I'm enamored you now know why! As a world traveler, I truly wish I had discovered this beautiful new country twenty years ago! Better late than never, as they say, cause there's no going back now! Born and raised in Scandinavia. Proud owner of a tripod cat & a foxy little pup. Speak four languages...some better than others. Working on the fifth one. We are all either part of the problem or the solution! Health & Happiness to you! ~UrbanVeganChic

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