"The world owes you nothing.
It was here first"
- Mark Twain
I have been willing myself to write this blog post for the last few months but just seem to have enough courage to put the words down and push publish. A lot of things have changed for me in the past few months.....
.......my manager just up and quit leaving me in the deep end.
.......I found out a family friend's son who had a kidney transplant died recently after rejection which scared everyone.
.......I also found out trying for children could put my kidney transplant in jeopardy which has been messing with my head.
.......I decided to become a vegan and spent the June living off hot chips and oreo's before getting organised and making the transition to plant based veganism.
So that brings you up to speed pretty quickly, I have spent the last few months really contemplating my life, who I wish to be and where I want to go from here which has meant that I have spent the last few months emotionally raw and not able to place my emotions onto my blog. It may have taken a couple of months but I am finally ready.....
Why Vegan I hear you ask....
//KIDNEY HEALTH// As someone living with a kidney transplant it is obvious that I want to ensure that I eat foods that will prolong my transplant. Animal products are tuff work for our kidneys to remove from our blood into our urine and when you only have one, that wasn't originally yours it has to work overtime to prevent build ups in your blood. Since removing animal products from my life I have had my levels checked and the creatine (junk in your blood) has decreased dramatically, I can't be happier.
//WEIGHT LOSS// Lets face it, shoveling mounds of processed foods into my body verses shoveling mounds of plant based foods will show a decrease in my weight which can only be looked at as a happy side effect of eating a plant based lifestyle so I will happily reap those benefits.
//ETHICAL// The average America (I am sure this is true for the average Australian too) consumes over 130 shellfish, 40 fish, 26 chickens, 1 turkey, 1/2 pig and 1/10th of a cow. If you think about that number it really is quite shocking number of creatures that have to die because meat supposedly tastes better or is more filling. I think that everyone has the right to their own opinion but personally I can't wrap my head around a animal dying so I can eat when they don't have too.
//ENVIRONMENTAL// It requires at least 7kg of grain to produce 1kg of beef, raising animals for food uses 30% of the earth's mass, more than 2/3rds of the land is used for growing fodder for livestock's, 18% of the greenhouse gases are caused by livestock, it requires 249 gallons of water for 4.15 pounds of potatoes versus 12,009 gallons for a pound of beef and finally if everyone in america went vegan we could feed 800 million people just with the grain that is currently fed to livestock.
//COOKING// I never really enjoyed cooking but since becoming vegan I have found a new love for cooking, a new love for vegetables, herbs and spices. I love creating amazing meals that even my still meat eating husband can't say no too.
Those are just a few of the reason's I have become a plant based vegan, I don't expect to change someone's opinion on what to eat as it is a extremely personal, my husband still eats meat and that is his choice. I have struggled writing this post as I was concerned that people would be rude and expect that I am a judgmental-hate-spouting-negative-superiority-vegan that seems to be popular these days but I promise I am not, I am here to post what I think are delicious and fun recipes that just happen not to contain any animal products.
If you would like to look into veganism a little more I suggest the following links:
101 Reasons To Go Vegan
Gary Yourofsky's Best Speech You'll Ever Hear
If Slaughterhouses Had Glass Walls
Oh She Glows
Healthy Happy Life
Running on Real food
This Rawsome Vegan Life
Hell Yeah It's Vegan
Vegan with a Vengeance
How It All Vegan
1000 Vegan Recipes
Of course there are thousands of youtube channels, bloggers and books dedicated to veganism, those are just a few of my favourites.
Have you ever entertained the idea of going vegan or vegetarian?
Do you have any suggestions on recipes?
Labels: Cooking, Health, Vegan