Ok... so I am 22, new to the kind life though I have been a vegan for some time. I had already decided that I wanted to live this way before I read book. I want to go beyond vegan. I also had no idea there were others out there who felt the same way I did about animals or about food. I am currently surrounded by people who either worship dairy and meat as the holy-grails to health, and others who know how bad the food is but feel well enough to not really care.
Why is it so important to me? Well, aside from being an animal-lover and knowing how bad meat and dairy are for my body, I also do not have the "luxury" of eating all the crap that is out there because of my health. I was diagnosed with several illnesses ( none of which the doctors were able to name a cause for - just "autoimmune") and I have been fighting to get my life back ever since. I have been ill for four years now and all my doctors were willing to do was give me a bunch of pills that created more issues that needed more pills.. you get the idea. Nothing has worked and so I am taking things into my own hands and am going to do what I feel is right in my heart - trust nature. While I know the diet may not cure me completely, I have faith that it will do me a lot of good and perhaps at least keep it from getting worse.
I am going to try out this site and see how many people actually respond and communicate on here. I have been to other forums where people post once and disappear, but I truly hope that is not the case here. I find the kind life to be very close to my heart & reading Alicia's book was like reading everything I have ever felt about animal-cruelty and being healthy the natural way.
I am hoping to connect with others who have the same mindset, since I don't know anyone else who is on it near me. I don't even know anyone who is even a vegetarian near me. Anyone in the LA area? Near Pasadena?
Welcome! Your story is very inspiring! I wish you all the luck and believe that you can overcome many of your symptoms through your diet as well. I have had hypothyroidism since the 9th grade and have suffered with stomach problems as well. I currently am Vegetarian and flirting with Veganism. I just turned Vegetarian over 6 months ago which was quite easy for me after reading The Kind Life. It certainly has been a great experience and I am excited to learn more each day!
You will find this forum much different from others because, there is so much good information passed around and Wonderful Kind Life Members! I am from Pittsburgh but, one of my friends is living in Cali and moving to Pasadena shortly (She is a Vegetarian as well). I am encouraging her to read the Kind Life so, maybe she will become a member soon too!
Good for you for stepping up and making a change. The Kind Diet is so much more than a vegan diet. It's a healthy lifestyle really and it has put me in a place where I am finally comfortable with my health, my body and the food I fuel myself with. I just celebrated my one year vegetarian birthday in March, and I've been mostly vegan for the past several months. Basically I've been lovin it every step of the way.
Everybody has their own reasons for giving this lifestyle a try. My initial reasons for turning vegetarian were for health and weight loss. But after reading The Kind Life and a couple of other reads like The China Study, and following some truly inspiring healthy eating blogs, I decided it was more than just losing weight... it was helping my body, my mind and the planet. After watching some documentaries and reading some more literature I learned about the world of factory farming, and again I was reassured my veggie life change was truly the best thing I could do for myself. Period.
I think you will find this community is pretty welcoming and wholesome. Not all of us get onto this forum every day, but we try to frequent when we can and stay updated with the topics. Also a lot of Kind Life followers have their own personal blogs where they share their stories, their journey and their struggles. My blog surfing has really helping me in my journey towards health and my pursuit of a vegan diet and lifestyle.
I noticed that you used Lipton decaf for the mint tea.. Just a heads up, Lipton was just busted by Peta not so long ago for abusing animals and being super cruel in their animal testing for the tea itself. You should check it out. I couldn't believe it, so I wrote the company myself, and sadly, the woman who responded didn't deny it. She just said they wouldn't do it if it wasn't necessary - which is ridiculous because no animal tested findings are recognized or needed in the beverage world. I have boycotted them since, including all their other unilever brands (unilever is the parent company to lipton), such as caress and dove. Ironic that dove would be associated with animal cruelty. Doves are supposed to represent peace and yet there is nothing peaceful or comforting about what they are doing!!!
Hope you are having an awesome day! :)
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