I have always been a health-conscious eater, but after reading TKD, I decided to jump right into Superhero living. It's been about a month now and I can't even begin to explain the difference... I feel so light, so efficient, so focused, so blissed out! I am appreciating cooking and food like never before, my skin is glowing and I think I've even dropped a few pounds. I can feel without a doubt that this is the way my body is meant to eat, meant to function. I feel so totally balanced.
I am absolutely loving this and my only regret is not doing it sooner. Thank you, Alicia, for this truly inspiring book. My biggest problem is now I have no patience for people who can't wrap their minds around giving up animal products. I know that no one likes to be preached to, so I'm really trying to bite my tongue. But all I want to do is tell everyone about the consequences of eating animals and how great everyone could feel if they just gave vegan living a chance! It's like I've seen the light and I just want to spread the good word! I got in an argument with my mom yesterday (nothing heated, just a debate) because she believes that humans are meant to eat meat and dairy. I wanted a great concise response but couldn't think of one as I was put on the spot. Anyone have any ideas of what to say in these situations? I'd love a short, to-the-point response to keep in my back pocket as I'm sure this won't be the last time someone challenges my decision to go vegan.
How about "look at my teeth" check out all those molars, lol!
My mom was a bit suspicious at first and just gave me the old "smile and nod." I didn't really preach to her about it, and let her know if she wanted to continue eating animal products she may not want to read TKD. After 2 weeks of trying all my yummy foods and seeing wonderful changes in me, on her own, she decided to give it a try. Now she is on week 3 of eating vegan and I am on week 5. She still hasn't read the book, but she has used some of the recipes. When she asks me questions I let her know all the answers are in the book and she is welcome to borrow it any time.
For my birthday I wanted to try a vegan restraunt called NATIVE FOODS, my dad "Mr. Meat & Potatoes" had the tacos and loved them, he's been asking me how I feel since I stopped eating animal products from the get go. I think it may be best to lead by example, then if people choose to ask questions tell them what you know or tell them about Alicia's beautiful book.
Best to you! And congrats on all your wonderful changes!
One argument that i have used to someone who said GOD meant for us to eat meat was that there was no sickness in the garden of Eden. What changed after that was that people started eating animal products because it was a means of survival because the perfect foods were not being provided. Even the 3 Hebrew kids were told by god to eat only vegetables not the foods that Nebakanezer fed them. And they were healthier than the others. As for non-christian arguments, I'm still working on it. I sent my dad a link about Rocco the cowboy on YouTube but I don't know if he watched it. I had another guy watch Meet Your Meat. It was pretty effective on him. It also didn't hurt that he thinks Alicia is all that and knows she is vegan.
That is absolutely wonderful! Congrats! I've noticed a huge change in myself as well. I've been doing the vegan thing for a little over a week and I feel so much better. I feel lighter, brighter, way more happier, and constantly feel good about myself. :)
If we were "meant" to eat meat then why does it make us so sick with heart disease, cancer, and obesity? If it was good for you it wouldn't cause any of these problems. The problems associated are because we are not made to consume it!
Personally, I don't ever want to be "one of those" vegans that comes up with a million responses to omnis and makes them feel bad or like I am preaching or looking down on them. Everyone is on their own path, and as humans we have the awesome gift to be able to make our own decisions!! So I just like to lead by example, answer questions when asked, and not get into debates with people. It's not worth the energy, and you won't change most peoples minds. I respect other's need to include meat in their diets - and I ask that they just respect my decision to keep animals and their by-products out of mine!
Jane I love the thought and would totally agree with you if it were not for all of those people "needing" meat in their diet financing an industry of neglect, abuse and slaughter. In a perfect world I would love to be able to look at it that way. I hope this doesn't sound sarcastic. I REALLY don't mean for it to.
All good suggestions, thanks guys. I really love Jane's approach, because I'm not confrontational by nature; but I'm also torn between "live and let live" and wanting to shout from the rooftops the TRUTH about what is happening to food animals. Not to mention the fact that it's hard to contain my excitement about how great I feel and all the delicious fare I'm eating. I think leading by example, and being a knowledgeable, educated and helpful resource about all things vegan is probably my best bet. xx