Why I Went Vegan (And Back)
It wasn’t for ethical reasons. I have to admit though, that when I went vegan I found myself inadvertently exposed to content advocating ethical veganism and it did open my eyes and change my mind about the related issues quite a bit, but let’s start from the beginning. I’m a somewhat impressionable person, if something makes sense to me. I try to keep an open mind about the things I have little to no information about. Needless to say that when I was 40kg (~88lbs) overweight, I didn’t really know a whole lot about nutrition or healthy lifestyle choices in general. At the point I started to turn myself around, I gathered all the information I could about this particular topic and if you ever tried doing that yourself you will soon have realised that this is relatively hard, considering there are a lot of people out there, trying to sell you their weight loss miracle products or convince you to buy their meal plans. The first diet I put myself on was a pretty classic paleo diet. This made sense to me because of it’s simple premise of “this is how nature wants us to eat”. The premise has some obvious flaws, but it still makes sense. So there I went, no simple carbs whatsoever (that includes fruit), nothing with a label on it (that didn’t work on all the stressful days). I lost all my access weight on this diet in just about seven months (which most people will tell you is faster than healthy, but I didn’t know then) and was very pleased with that. During this time I never stopped gathering information about nutrition and it dawned on me that paleo might be great for losing weight (obviously), but the high fat contents are still bound to clog my arteries and thus, this might not be a long-term solution.
When I made the decisionAround 6 months in, I made the decision to switch from paleo to vegan as soon as I enter the normal BMI-range, which I did. The argument for a vegan diet were (and still are) compelling.
- It gives you all the nutrition you need (except for the infamous B12, which all vegans and most non-vegans should supplement).
- It’s practically impossible to gain weight if you keep the sugar intake somewhat under control.
- It keeps your cholesterol in check.
- You’re no longer exposed to the poisons, antibiotics and growth hormones in animal products.
- Later during my vegan year I also started to take pleasure in the thought that my diet doesn’t rely on products of exploitation and slaughter.