Veganism Vs. Plant Based

     I recently was kicked off a Facebook page that was called New Vegan Support.  Since starting my "Vegan" diet, I have learned a lot!  I had a lot of my questions answered as how to eat the right things in order to get what I needed vitamins and minerals.  Then I asked a that dreaded question which I thought was legitimate, but it didn't go down too well.  My question was, "How can we be healthy and still eat all the vegan junk food?"  Oh boy, I had members come down on me with hobnailed boots.  They told me that this group was not for a healthy diet, but to save the animals!  In other words they were all PETA activists.                                                                                                                  

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Now don't get me wrong.  I have seen a lot of many movies containing explicit clips from slaughter houses, and believe me, they are incredibly cruel to these animals.  These people that work there will shoot an animal in the head thinking it kills them instantly, but sometimes it doesn't and the workers slit that animal's throats anyway while it's still alive and struggling.  It is just awful!  You can search Youtube if you really want to see what goes on, but trust me it will make you cry.  I started watching Earthings, and had to turn it off because it made me sick to my stomach.  Vegans also don't consume milk for the same reasons that milk producing cows are not served very well.  In order for a cow to continue making milk, they are inseminated shortly after they give birth.  When they give birth, the cow has just enough time to clean up the afterbirth, and lick her calf and then the calf is taken away to live in a crate so that it can be killed in a few weeks for veal, while the momma cow cries for her calf.  Most dairy cows live 22-25 years, but because these cows become exhausted from being pregnant all the time, they usually die at 4 years old.  After that, they are slaughtered the same way as meat cows are.   Vegans also will not buy leather of any kind such as shoes or belts and purses, and they will protest if someone else chooses to.  These people, or at least this group was not compassionate for others that didn't see their point of view to all this.  They invited me to leave.  Wow!  I was shocked!  I would have never done that to anyone.  We all need to be accepting to others, regardless of their beliefs.  I learned that a very long time ago.  Well anyway, off to bigger and better right?

     I found another group on Facebook who are very accepting of others and I have learned so much from them.  There are many groups on Facebook that are "plant-based diet eaters."  I, for one started eating this way to help with my weight, and cure my type ll diabetes for good.  I have seen both sides to this coin, and I have to say that I wouldn't want any animal killed in the way they do it in the slaughter houses.  I don't drink milk or eat dairy products because of the cholesterol issues, and the oils and saturated fats that are contained in them.  The dairy industry would like you to believe that milk is a good form of calcium.  Did you know that vegetables contain calcium?  Cows milk is supposed to be used for raising a baby cow into a very large animal, in a short amount of time.  Now did I give my kids dairy?  Yes I did, but I have learned a lot since then, and given another chance I wouldn't do it again.  

     Become educated so that you can make wise choices that affect yourself and others.  

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