So I’m a Vegan. Why Does That Make You Mad?

In response to video on how a plant-based diet can prevent Alzheimer's.

Do you ever read the comments people post to articles and videos on the web about plant-based diets? People are angry that doctors and researchers like Sanjay Gupta, T. Colin Campbell, and Caldwell Esselstyn are telling us that with a plant-based diet we can prevent and reverse diseases like cancer, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.

Why so cranky? Eat tasty veggies, fruits, nuts, and grains or take insulin, chemotherapy, radiation, and have surgery. Seems like a no-brainer to me.

We all know that I happened upon this diet out of love for animals, but as the years pass without my having to undergo chemo or radiation I am more and more convinced that there is power in the plant-based diet. Love for animals or no, I’ll never go back to eating animal products.

But why are people angry? Are we so afraid of change that we would choose painful death over healthier lifestyle choices?


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  1. Renee says:

    Amen! I have been vegan since November 2010 after two long stints of being lacto-ovo vegetarian. People hassle me all the time about my nutritional choices, but you know what? I had fibromyalgia for years that disappeared when I eliminated dairy. I went vegan for ethical reasons because I really adore animals. I never expected to get off my cane I had to use with the fibro. But surprise! I walk independently now, and that’s with a ruptured disc at L5-S1. I didn’t make the connection until after I had been vegan for a few months, so it’s definitely not a placebo effect.

    I think you’re right, people are that afraid of change. Besides, look at the advertising dollars spent by the food councils for dairy and eggs! Got milk? Eggs are healthy for you. Well, I’m not a baby cow, and I don’t need to eat eggs or put pork on my fork either. In fact, I feel worlds better on greens and a healthy well balanced vegan nutritional plan. I use Sparkpeople’s food tracker to ensure I have balanced intakes, and make sure to incorporate plenty of whole grains, protein from beans, lentils, tofu etc, and I’m good!

    I’m Blanche’s daughter from your condo building, by the way. She sent me the link to your site this morning and said it’s right up my alley. Definitely is! Looking forward to reading more and maybe meeting you in the future. I’m in western Canada right now, but moving to Charlottesville in late November. Have a great day!

  2. Tracy Krulik says:

    Hi Renee,

    We’ll have to meet up when you get back to Virginia. Glad to hear you had the same experience as me: stop eating meat out of love for animals and suddenly you feel great! I’ll have to check out Sparkpeople. I’ve just been going on the rainbow principle with my meals. If I eat tons of colors I’m getting tons of nutrients and vitamins. Seems to be working.

    See you soon!

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