To many people it seems to be a great challenge to decide if they should go vegan or not. In most cases, it’s not because they aren’t sure if this is the right lifestyle to go for. The reasons to go vegan vary. Some do it for health purposes and others because they cannot accept the unprecedented cruel treatment of animals.
Although the stereotype of vegans being long-haired and underfed may still be circulating around every now and then falsely presuming them to be quixotic and escapist there is an indisputable fact: The vegan diet has become one of the most popular diets on the globe. Many people who had been opposed to it for quite a long time especially seem to take the chance in January to try it out.
Although the benefits associated with a vegan lifestyle are actually obvious ranging from ethical reasons, environmental impact and health issues, these reasons nevertheless seem sometimes to need “a special event” that make them all count: A personal experience that makes them suddenly relevant and grave.
Did you know that Israel is the country with the highest number of vegans per capita in the world? And the number is rising yearly. After becoming more sensitive to veganism people start to convert their entire restaurant in order to become vegan-friendly by offering completely meatless and dairy-free dishes.
About two months ago, a person on facebook who had recently adopted to a vegan lifestyle was telling me about the fights and adversities she was facing from people since she had gone vegan. She asked for advice how to deal with it. First, I told her that it was not unusual to face these challenges and that probably every vegan is going through a hard time when he or she jumps on the “vegan train”
Admittedly, in the beginning there were only few people who started to adopt the vegan lifestyle. They were considered more or less a marginal group of people. However, the number of this group has dramatically risen. Their impact is huge considering the USDA report saying that 400 millions fewer animals have been killed in 2014 in comparison to 2007.
Now, the story of this likable young man is really interesting. He grew up in a family who had been vegetarian because his mother resigned to meat due to religious reasons. However, it was not until 1998 when he became full vegan. He was excited about sports so made the decision to give up his job as an engineer for Honda in order to become a professional bodybuilder.
It’s always so inspiring to hear about people going vegan of whom one would have never thought possible. So, when I heard the story about David Carter, the National Football League defensive lineman, it instantly got my intention. His constant struggle to gain weight by consuming animal-based foods and dairy products caused him some serious health issues.
Admittedly, I have read a lot of stories about how people went vegan or what kind of experiences they gained during their vegan journey. However, when I read the title of this story saying “our vegan diet almost killed us” I was really curious to find out how a vegan diet could have almost killed this couple. The end of the story will surprise you as it surprised me.
Honestly, hearing about people who went vegan although they grew up in an environment where people are virtually fed on meat and dairy products and thus those people are virtually considered aliens if they don’t participate in this meat-based culture, is always a fascinating testimony.