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VEGAN: TO BE OR NOT TO BE

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WHAT PEOPLE DO NOT TELL YOU 

In a world of Instagram, Snapchat, and now Tiktok, veganism has been made public. Celebrities such as Miley Cyrus, Beyoncé, and Natalie Portman flood us with information about their vegan diets and all their benefits. For those not aware of what being vegan means, it is to cut out all animal product., Meaning meat is obviously a no go, no eggs or butter or anything cooked with eggs or butter, the same goes for any dairy products or anything made with them.

I have done Whole 30, hardly ever eat dairy in my daily life and try to keep red meat to a minimum, but the idea of cutting out all meat and dairy (including butter!!) seems impossible to me. Yet, we are seeing incredible results for many people who choose to be vegan. 

When I was ten years old my grandfather got cancer. He was my best friend and our family’s soul. He read everything he could find on his disease, not trusting that doctor’s knew everything there was to know. Shortly after being diagnosed, he stumbled upon The China Study which explained the benefits of veganism and the idea that meat cells fueled cancer. Immediately, my grandfather became fully vegan.

After almost eighty years of being the family’s grill-master, he was stir-frying tofu, eating meat- and cheese-less Philly cheesesteaks, and suddenly he was feeling better. After a round of chemo he was fully in remission. For the next eleven years, there was no sign of cancer and my grandfather remained vegan.

At age ninety one, after other health issues prevailed, my grandfather’s cancer returned and he passed away. Up to the very day he died, he insisted that being vegan helped give him those extra years, and the incredible quality of life that he lived them in. 

Many skeptics scoff and say there is no possible way to get enough nutrients while being vegan, but that is not the case. You can get every nutrient in a vegan diet that you would get while eating a traditional one. Clear skin, low cholesterol, and many other health benefits have been shown through being vegan. So if you dare, why not try it. Who knows it might surprise you.