My husband surprised me this afternoon by telling me that he wrote a guest post for my blog. So without further ado, here’s his story.
The Hubby’s Tale
I haven’t known a lot of vegans in my lifetime. There was Adaela, the new-agey mechanical engineer, with whom I shared a cubicle back in the late 80s. My ex-girlfriend in London had a friend who was vegan. Neither made much of an impact on me. Sure, I always liked veggies but I was raised to believe that meat and dairy were a part of a well-balanced diet. And I loved animals but I did not know of factory farming and thought that eating and wearing animal products was a normal part of life. I never gave it a second thought.
That changed after I was diagnosed with high blood pressure and high cholesterol. It wasn’t bad enough to require medication, but I feared that it was the beginning of a downward spiral. This was how it started for my dad who ended up having a triple by-pass, a stroke and diabetes. Not only does my father have a poor quality of life, but his expensive medications depleted my parents’ entire life savings.
My wife, Celeste, was also concerned about my health and suggested we go to a healthy cooking class at Whole Foods Market. That class changed my life. The teacher made a convincing argument for the health benefits of a plant-based diet. It was enough to convince us to try it and we haven’t looked back since.
Although we made the switch to a plant-based diet, we weren’t vegans yet. Veganism is more than a diet, it’s a way of life that avoids using or consuming anything that harms or exploits animals. It was after watching the movie Vegucated and learning about the horrors animals endure on today’s factory farms that we decided we needed to go further. Now we make a conscious effort to not buy non-food animal products like leather shoes and anything that has been tested on animals.
I never dreamed I’d be a vegan; however, I am happy with this path. I lost 20 pounds. My allergy symptoms have considerably lessened. My blood pressure and cholesterol levels are now normal. And I feel great! I also feel at peace because I am no longer supporting factory farms. My hope is that others will find this path as well.