I was Vegan for 6 years. I started being a Vegan when I was 12 years old. I thought that it would keep me thin. I was already super weight conscious and had struggled with anorexia. I decided to become a Vegan. This was a horrible mistake for me. At 18 years old, I quit being a Vegan. Now, I am quite the opposite of Vegan. I eat primarily an all Organic Beef diet.
The reason why I bring this up, is we eat all Organics, GMO Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Low to no Sugar, Caffeine Free, and Alcohol Free. This often gets confused with Veganism. People associate Veganism with healthiness and Organics. They think it’s interchangeable, well it is not. Vegan the way most people are eating is not a healthy diet.
The fattest I ever got was on a Vegan diet. I tend to weigh anywhere from 110-115 lbs. When I was Vegan, my weight climbed to 155 lbs in a short time. I was consuming so many carbs, sugars and all the artificial foods and fake meats. I then decided to resort to Bulimia since being a Vegan was making me fatter and fatter.
At this point, I was in the Air Force. I was still a Vegan for a year after I enlisted. This was in 2002. Vegan options were not as popular back then. I had to just choose fruits and veggies most of the time because I could not eat any of the food at the dining hall or chow hall as they call it in Basic training. I kept gaining weight from my food choices. I was also heavily addicted to caffeine. I had been drinking large quantities of coffee since the age of 5 years old.
During this time in 2002, when I was a Vegan, I discovered bulimia. I actually got tips from one of my roommates in the Air Force dorms. She taught me how to be bulimic. She told me all the tricks and tips. I became an expert bulimic for 15 years until my heart almost gave out and the VA Hospital thought I should have been dead by the level of my vitals at my last check up before I quit.
So back to Vegan. The problem with Veganism in our current society is most of the options are artificial which is bad for you. Your body cannot properly process artificial anything. It treats it all as sugar and then produces insulin to compensate. The more insulin your body creates, the more fat is stored. Insulin tells the body to store fat. So every time you eat something artificial, you tell your body to store fat. Years of this causes a steady upward gain on the scale. Those are those pounds you cannot seem to find the source.
I have no issue with someone being Vegan. I actually think it can be an option if you eat all Organics, GMO Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Caffeine Free Low Sugar and Alcohol Free. If you are consuming any of those items then you will find the only way you can lose weight is to compensate by over working out. This becomes a viscous cycle. Make sure to chose high protein organic options if you are a vegan.
My huge issue with Vegans is if they judge people for eating meat. That pisses me off. I hear Vegans claim that eating meat is harmful to the environment and wasteful. Now as much as I love animals, we were made to eat them and they are made to eat us. Now I do not condone the cruelty that some animals are facing. That is just wrong and the Universe is aware of that.
I only eat Organic, No GMOS, No steroids or hormones, cruelty free, Cage Free, pasture raised, grass fed animals . Now tell me the difference between eating those animals and eating plants. Are you trying to tell me plants cannot feel and are not alive? Well they are and they do feel. They do not appreciate the amount of overconsumption of the plants due to this new pop fad where everyone is jumping on the Vegan train.
Just because you cannot hear the plant scream doesn’t mean they do not when you are having to eat a ridiculous amount of fruits and vegetables to compensate for not eating meat. Talk about wasteful to the environment. I actually heard an argument that eating animals uses more water than not. For one thing Vegans, almonds use more water than anything. That’s why we have shortages in California due to all the almond farms. How much water does it take to water your plants?
Water is the last argument a Vegan should bring up. That’s a dead case, that being a Vegan saves water. Have you ever thought of all the water and resources used at a factory to make fake meat? Did you forget to realize that the meat made in the lab is also now a living organism. You are now eating creatures harvested in Labs. Talk about animal cruelty.
Every thing is made of atoms and molecules. Everything is living on this planet including fake meat, plants, and any organisms. So where is the line or what is considered animal products. Pretty open ended to me. Once again marketing at its finest deeming certain organisms as Vegan friendly. Sounds pretty hypocritical to me.
I am about to make a bunch of enemies since a huge portion of people are Vegans. Tons of celebrities are Vegans. It has become the most popular diet since the introduction of Fad Diets. Which it is the epitome of a Fad diet. Convincing people that not eating animals is saving the planet is the most fake news I have ever heard.
Eating animals is what you were born to do. If you want to do your part then get the regulations changed so that there is no more cruelty of animals. Start eating all Organics and then the farms will be forced to treat the animals better if everyone switches to Organics. Then we can all live happily. Animals do not want to graze forever on this planet. They are excited to go to the next journey. Eating an organic animal gives the creature the opportunity for another existence.
Animal protein is the most nutritious thing you could ever consume. Some how Fad diets demonized red meat especially. Red meat is all you ever need to eat. To be honest the healthiest you could ever eat is a diet or organic beef and only a little veggies and fruit occasionally. If you don’t believe me then just look at me and JediRich. JediRich lost over 125 lbs doing this and I finally recovered from 15 years of Bulimia that was heading to a lifetime of food addiction.
Jedi Joy Lightowler is an expert in eating and nutrition & a combat special-ops Air Force Veteran.
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