Good morning…or Day Earthlings,
Whatever time zone you’re in, I greet you a great day from here! One word of warning. I’m a bit on fire today…it’s as if my hair has turned red and I got my Superwoman cape on! No, not really, but I did wake up all fired up! And today is Kim’s birthday…She would have turned 48, but died, as some of you know, and got me propelled into going Whole Food Plant-Based Vegan. So, may I be excused? Okay, so we vegans hear all these insane and lame excuses from people about why someone can’t or more like it, won’t, go vegan! Lots have been written about this, so I won’t take up your time with all that lameness! I will include a couple of links at the end in case you’re just stumbling across my blog (Hello and welcome!) or you’ve simply never heard of such a thing. I am only addressing ONE Excuse Today!
By the way, the reason this guy has “man boobs” is due to elevated estrogen levels from animal consumption. It ought to be a warning sign of heightened risk of Cancer, Heart Disease and Diabetes! Real Men Eat Plants!
Here are a few common excuses vegans hear, “I won’t get enough protein.” Seriously?! My protein levels have never been higher since going whole foods plant-based vegan. My nurse practitioner pointed this out after I’d been vegan for a year. But Nina, “Cavemen ate meat!” Oh for Pete’s sake, they also ate small children! The fact is that “cave people” were slim and fit because they had to walk A LOT, possibly run for their lives as a wooly mammoth was chasing them down for his supper, and they ate mostly plant-based foods with rare occasions of meat. As a reference on what a vegan diet can do, please look up Germany’s strongest man, Patrick Baboumian or any vegan athlete and check them out! They are not throwing out these lame excuses! Here’s the last one, “God made animals for us to eat!” Baloney! God or Jesus would never be this cruel to allow factory farming and all the horrors towards animals that are happening! Read, Kathy Freston’s book, Veganist. She goes into all world religions, including Christianity. Each religion speaks against eating animals and honoring ALL life on this planet! Each religion also says,
“Thou Shalt Not Kill!”
What part of this message did we not get?
Here’s the real reason for this blog post…an excuse that I keep hearing that I just can’t wrap my head around. Maybe you’ve heard it too?
“I Can’t Go Vegan Because I Don’t Want To Live That Long?”
What exactly are ‘you’ saying? You have a secret desire to get run over by a car tomorrow? To somehow be put out of your miserable existence? I have heard this excuse several times now. I sort of get it because, let’s face it, most of us were not born “vegans”! What I hear the person saying is, “I can’t give up “my meat“. I enjoy steak and all other meat. I want to enjoy eating what I want when I want. I don’t care if I get a heart attack or cancer!…And don’t try to convince me otherwise.” Yes, this has actually been said directly to my face! The person hopes to go “easily” with a heart attack some day! The person telling me this is typically clueless about what a vegan eats. Most believe we only eat boring salads with no dressing. They’ve never had a vegan burger or any kind of meat alternative. Never been to a vegan restaurant. Never seen footage of the animal cruelty that happens daily in slaughterhouses all over the world. How sad, right!? They just don’t know! If we speak and it comes out that I eat this way, they’ll look at me, with a self-righteous look on their face, and vow they’ll NEVER go vegan!
Part of me can’t help wonder that somewhere below the surface these people know that what they’re participating in is wrong. They have to know to some degree that the animals they are eating wanted to live and didn’t go to their deaths willingly. Don’t they? They also have to know, in this day and age, that animal consumption is a HUGE waste of resources (land, water, grain) that could help feed millions of starving people…prevent millions of children from dying and is the main source of global warming. If not, please tell them to watch “Cowspiracy”! NO, let’s just ignore all the facts! In most cases, it is “All About Me”. Who gives a …. what happens to “those people” over there somewhere – in an unknown place that you only see or hear about on TV on rare occasions because our media is so focused on mindless and embarrassing things such as the size of Donald Trumps hands, his narcissistic comments or his peanut sized brain! Am I wrong? (I told you I was on fire today, right!?) Here are some facts about what a vegan individual contributes:
Back to the excuse of, “I don’t want to live that long.” Okay, so what if you do? You may end up waddling around, in so much unbearable pain that you have to rely on meds to get you through your day…and perhaps you can’t afford to go get all that expensive medication. You may also one day have to rely on one of those walkers with a seat – you know, the ones that look like a small grocery cart, because you’re out of breath every 10 seconds, or worse someone else now has to come and wipe your a.. or spoon feed you! My mom, by the way, told me she’d rather die than push one of those around or end up in a retirement home.
Well, most of us never imagine that something like that could EVER happen to US, right!? Wrong! I have seen it happen to the most unsuspecting folks! They lived “the high life” and partied it up. Never thinking the “party” would ever end. Well it did…and it has! These people said the same thing once upon a time. “I could never give up eating meat and cheese. I can’t live without it.” Blah Blah Blah Seriously, why would you do that to yourself? (Yes, I know the above photo is a more extreme example, but not an isolated one as world wide, the numbers of people who are either fat or obese keeps on rising!)
Here’s the good news! There’s SO much delicious, protein laden vegan food out there that will keep you healthy and hoppin’ till the very end…and it is also said to increase your happiness! My other wonder is, “Perhaps if the person making this comment switched to a vegan diet they’d eventually stop saying, “I don’t want to live that long!” and actually start living as if life on this beautiful planet…and that of other non-human beings, actually mattered! Enjoy your day, everyone!
Links to other Lame Excuses Vegans Hear: