Wednesday, June 9

Why I Became Vegan

Posted by Sydney at 7:34 PM
The big question.

For many people, it's quite simple and straightforward.  But for me it's actually rather complicated.  I have many reasons for choosing to be a vegan - enough for it to deserve its very own blog post!

I guess I'll start at the beginning.  While earning my dietetics degree at UK, I learned a great deal about vegetarian diets and the many benefits they can provide.  After learning about how all the saturated fat in red meat (which I ate A LOT of) could raise my cholesterol (which was HIGH) and put me at greater risk for heart complications, I began to cut back.  I ate more fish and lean poultry, and I often ate vegetarian meals.  However, I still loved my steak.  Everything in moderation, right???
Wrong!  (At least for me).  For a year or so I followed what I would consider to be a very healthy, balanced, omnivorous diet.  Had my cholesterol checked again... Guess what?  Still high!!  Despite the fact that I was in great shape and exercised a ton.  After this, I began to question all the information that was out there.  I wanted to know more... I wanted to decide for myself what was good for me and my heart, rather than just listen to whatever my nutrition textbooks said.

So I started investigating!  I read books, watched films, and perused news articles.  This is how I discovered factory farming, and how terribly evil it truly is.  As a wholehearted animal-lover, I was revolted to say the least.  After this discovery, I cut back on the meat even more.  I did this partially because of my grief for the animals and partially because I believed that the factory farming was what made meat "unhealthy."  From then on, I avoided meat unless I knew it was ethically sourced.
 Pretty soon, it was almost time for lent.  I made up my mind that I was going to give up meat.  And I did.  Easter came around, and I still didn't want meat.  I was officially a vegetarian.

While all this was going on, I had been noticing several health problems that I won't discuss in great detail here.  In January of 2010 I was finally diagnosed with Lupus (SLE).  I was immediately placed on corticosteroids and a cocktail of other drugs.  Turns out this was a bad idea.  Yeah, these drugs are TOXIC, people.  Over time, they kill.  I decided that there had to be another way.
And another way there was.  I read many personal accounts of people who had overcome autoimmune disorders by simply changing their diets.  I concluded that unless I made some serious changes, I was going to have to suffer with the complications of Lupus for the rest of my life.  I gradually began removing dairy and eggs from my diet until I became a full-fledged vegan.  And so here I am today, living drug-free and and no longer suffering as I was before.

So that's the gist of my story.  Feel free to email me if you want to know more!

2 comments on "Why I Became Vegan"

Keri - I Eat Trees on 6/10/10, 12:10 PM said...

Thank you for sharing your story! Your blog layout is so lovely! :)

Sydney on 6/10/10, 3:48 PM said...

Keri, Thanks! I've always thought your blog's layout was the coolest out of all the ones I read. It's very creative & unique.

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