I want to tell you a story about heart disease, heart attack, cancer, Parkinson’s and arthritis. All in one family.
The Story of my Grandpas
For the past few nights, I have been having intense dreams about my two grandfathers.
In them, I am frantically trying to convince them to give the plant-based lifestyle a try, and to think more positive thoughts.
I promise them that they wouldn’t die if they just give it a try. That the plant-based diet is scientifically proven for disease prevention.
Before my father’s father passed away, he had several conversations with me about how he knows he is going to die, and that I must take care of my grandmother for him. I brushed him off. I told him he will live for many more years. But he passed shortly after.
My father’s father, who is one of the smartest humans I know (he helped me with my Political Science Master’s papers, and he has never studied Political Science in his life), died of a heart attack.
My mother’s father lived with rheumatoid arthritis since his 40’s. He then got Parkinson’s disease.
He passed as a result of hospital error, from an infection that first required cutting off one of his legs. He died shortly after his leg was cut off.
My mother’s father was one of the sweetest humans I have ever met. I have never heard him raise his voice, his entire life. That is a rare find (I definitely didn’t get that trait…).
My grandfathers raised me. I was their only granddaughter, and to this day, I can still feel their immense love for me.
I remember how my mother’s father would wait on the porch for me, every time he knew my bus was supposed to arrive.
My grandfathers were very traditional men, very emotionally closed. I still regret not reaching out to them, not telling them how much I love them enough.
If They Only Knew
My heart breaks when I think about how they could still be alive today if they knew…
Think about how many people don’t know still today and are suffering… And how many families lose their loved ones meaninglessly because they are not educated about disease prevention.
But you do know. Perhaps you’re reading this right now because you are a little bit curious about plant-based eating. Maybe you read about the disease prevention power of plant-based eating or watched a documentary about it.
You’re very curious, but not totally sure. The voice – “but, what about the protein?” is ringing in your mind.
Disease Prevention: Intuition, Science, and Plant-Based Eating
At those doubtful moments, I’d like to turn your attention to intuition and science.
When I started, I knew nothing about the science. I watched my mother recover from a debilitating illness through plant-based eating. My intuition and everything in my body was screaming that this is the way.
My intuition was telling me that I can prevent disease by eating plant-based. I don’t have to wait for heart disease to strike and ravage my life.
Is your intuition screaming at you?
It can be super scary to embark on a new lifestyle when you don’t know where to start, and everything is so overwhelming.
That’s when we often shut down our intuition, and give little excuses like, “maybe I actually need animal protein. How do I know that this is the healthiest way to live?”
But that’s where the science comes in.
When I struggled with giving up dairy, I discovered these facts:
- Dairy is the #1 source of saturated fat
- Human milk has the lowest content of protein than milk from any other species
- Dairy products contain pus
- Countries with the highest rates of osteoporosis consume the most dairy
- For women who have had breast cancer: 1 serving of whole dairy a day can increase the risk of dying from breast cancer by 49%, and of dying from any disease by 64%
- The dairy industry spends at least $50 million promoting products in public schools, and $138 million lobbying Congress
- The strategy of the meat, dairy and egg industries is confusion and introduction of doubt, just like the tobacco industry
- Our confusion helps the dairy industry sell more products
- We are confused → we consume dairy → dairy is addicting → we consume more dairy
- We get sick from the saturated fat and high animal protein content, leading to diseases like heart disease and stroke, diabetes, Parkinson’s, and arthritis. At least that’s what the unbiased, non-industry sponsored studies tell us.
I know that it can be overwhelming to change your diet. But I’m here to tell you that it’s worth it, it’s actually very easy to do, and it is not only incredible for disease prevention, but also tastes way better than what you’re eating now!
There are so many more overwhelming things in life. Losing loved ones is definitely one of them.
This (changing your diet) is easy, I promise.
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It’s extremely delicious and nutritious, plus it can help you prevent those vicious diseases that have claimed so many unnecessary lives.
What is your strongest reason and motivation for choosing a plant-based diet? Post in the comments below!