Veganism may seem foreign and unappealing when based off of popular culture and implanted mainstream ideals.
According to some - meat and animal products are healthy and taste too good to give up.
Unfortunate but fair.
We have to consider that outside of programming of the media and mass marketing of the food industry (that profit from animal products being consumed) - not many people feel the need to explore the concept of a plant-based diet. To some, a plant-based diet is extreme and outrageous.
When it comes to most health concerns and preventative protocols in terms of health, most of the time - depending on the case - your doctor will encourage a better diet and exercise. However, chances are your doctor has limited knowledge on the scope nutrition in relation to impacting your body's self-healing mechanisms and the way you feel. Don't believe it?
"Numerous entreaties have been made over the past 2 decades to improve the nutrition knowledge and skills of medical students and physicians. However, most graduating medical students continue to rate their nutrition preparation as inadequate."
"A total of 106 surveys were returned for a response rate of 84%. Ninety-nine of the 106 schools responding required some form of nutrition education; however, only 32 schools (30%) required a separate nutrition course. On average, students received 23.9 contact hours of nutrition instruction during medical school (range: 2–70 h). Only 40 schools required the minimum 25 h recommended by the National Academy of Sciences. Most instructors (88%) expressed the need for additional nutrition instruction at their institutions."
Chances are, if your doctor does not specialize in diet or nutrition - you could be led under a severely limited understanding of food nutrition. But this is where the profit is. Your doctor will prescribe you a derivitive found in a source of food/nature or a synthetic compound to numb your body from the damage taking place. And this cycle of ignorance is perpetuated therein and throughout; and in the process - billions of dollars are being made as you continue to fall slave to this system.
This validates the importance of alternative exploration. Unless you make it a point to see a physician specializing in alternative medicine with focuses in nutrition/holistic health and modalities - you will be left to this cycle of profit at the cost of your health.
If you have been eating meat and dairy all of your life and suffer from heart problems, cholesterol issues, high blood pressure etc - it should be evident that there is something going wrong internally. Food is nourishment for your internal. At this point, the connection should be obvious.
How about those with no health concerns as meat and dairy consumers?
Based off of the data alone from numerous studies, certain ways of living have a higher chance of specific health dangers. It behooves any individual to live a life in a preventative fashion in order to maintain a healthy life for themselves and their family.
So where do you start? Research, research and research more. Educate yourself on alternative medicine and wellness modalities and look into a healthier diet/lifestyle.
Veganism is a journey.
It may not be a destination for many people and that's okay. However, veganism and its cause are worth being open to as a tool of health exploration at the very least. For some - this journey could leave them with the incorpoation of more fruits and veggies loaded with nutrients that protect their health. It could serve as a platform to educate individuals on better choices when it's concerns self and others, animals involved in the food industry and our beloved planet.
And for many, as the appreciation and lifestyle participation in veganism continues to rise, the intiative can lead us through the upward progression of self-awareness and self-improvement, the rights of humans (workers in the FI) and animals involved as well as strengthening the methods in which we sustain our Planet Earth.
And it doesn't stop there.
The list could go on.
Either way it goes, veganism is a journey... and a gift.