TEN celebrates a vegan lifestyle. It was not always this way. Four years ago Tim was the biggest meat and cheese eater on the planet, ask my friends and family. I have only been vegan for the past two and half years. Why? I was killing myself. Pure selfishness, I have a disease, and I needed to get it under control. Ironically, it was this disease that saved my life. I am healthier now than when I was HIV negative. The question is, What is your WHY?
Once I saw my disease reverse course , I saw my entire life open up to new possibilities. I attended Main Street Vegan Academy this past Fall and over the past few years saw exactly what we are doing to innocent animals with no voices of their own and the destruction we are causing to our planet. I said enough is enough. If you don’t have a disease, GOOD, start anyway and you will be ahead of the ball for what’s to come.
You might say to yourself, “what can I alone possibly do to help? ” A LOT! By you taking responsibility for what you choose to eat you can change the world. It all starts with you, as cliché as that sounds. Be selfish about it, I was. It is your own health, one body, take care of it. I bet you take better care of your car than you do your body? Start with meatless Mondays, move to eating meat once a week, a month, go vegetarian. Find what works for you. Allow me to coach you through this and together you will see amazing results.
Check out these uniquely American statistics:
- 1/3 are obese, costing the U.S., $147 billion per year in medical expenses
- Only 20% of Americans get even the MINIMUM aerobic and muscle strengthening activity recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (and this isn’t nearly what one should be doing weekly for exercise)
- 42% say they are not managing their stress well, while 20% say they do nothing to manage their stress
- 1 in 5 have no emotional support system
- 1 in 3 are chronically stressed on the job
What are we doing? We are a sick country screaming for help. Stress, unhappiness, anxiety, depression are all symptoms of a population who have not put healthy food as a priority in their lives. Food is the answer to many of these issues. Food changes your chemistry, your genes, your brain functions and your ability to live a happy more fulfilling life. Not drugs, not doctors, not buying things, not yelling, not shooting people, not being right or wrong; just eating healthy whole foods, preferably without meat and dairy.