Co-Mingling Veganism With Politics

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Many times, you’ll find people of varying political ideologies (particularly on the radical left) either using veganism to justify their political ideologies or associating the two when espousing their opinions. They will act as though veganism is somehow linked to their social justice agendas and create links between the two leading to nothing short of a political hijacking of a movement that can not be more alienated from the political realm.

That is problematic. Let me explain why:

Firstly, it alienates people on the other side who are considering a vegan lifestyle. It creates division and tells those people that unless they follow political party X, Y or Z they can’t be taken seriously as vegans.

I’ve encountered Socialists or Communists claiming that if you’re a vegan but do not adhere to their political and societal values, then you’re a hypocrite. All that did was spark a not so productive internet war between them and Capitalist vegans which, in turn, led to nothing but division (it was interesting to read as a lurker but incredibly negative). It created further division among vegans. How are we going to eradicate animal cruelty and create a worldwide presence if we’re being divisive towards each other? A unified movement is a strong and effective movement, but people who bring their political fervor to the cause do nothing but tear the cause apart.

Veganism is about avoiding, at all costs, the use of animal products. It’s about not using animals for entertainment, food, clothes, and testing. Veganism has got nothing to do with humans. Vegan activism is not sponsored by any political party and almost all vegans who engage in activism do it for one thing: the animals. Not to stamp their political message in a fancy, trendy kind of way.

Regardless of whether you’re on the left, right or center, you can be vegan and you should not feel pressured to let anything else distract you. To the animals, it doesn’t matter if you’re a Trump or Bernie supporter. What you choose to eat, wear or attend Is all that matters, really. We should avoid falling into the trap of succumbing to our innate tribalistic nature by creating ego-fulfilling ‘sub-tribes’ within the vegan movement. Veganism is not a tribe. It does not exist so that you can rediscover your meaning nor is it a mode of therapy. Veganism is merely a positive lifestyle. It really is just about being a good human.

The two are mutually exclusive, and people should stop deterring outsiders from becoming vegan by setting political ultimatums. Because in the end, the only ones that suffer are the animals.

Let me know your thoughts below.

Alex Moller
Vegr Co-Founder
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Is Veganism Healthy? Here's What Most People Don't Know

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One huge mistake people make when thinking of veganism is that all vegans are healthy, which couldn't be any further from the truth. I've seen a lot of vegans live off of processed snacks and empty calories, with very few vegetables or whole foods in their everyday diet. I used to make sure I drank at least 8 cups of water every day. I'd only have red meat a few times a month. I’d make sure I ate fish 2-3 times a week – of course, combined with vegetable sides. I wouldn't ever drink milk, and my post-workout meals usually consisted of eggs or a shake – cause, ya know, protein. I was the healthiest I'd ever been in my life. Or so I thought. I look back on those days and can only shake my head at what I actually thought was the picture of health looked like. I was admittedly ignorant and wouldn't find out what being truly healthy really was until I committed to going vegan. And as I dived deeper into the world of healthy vegan eating, I discovered a few health benefits I either didn’t know or hadn’t considered.

Disease Reduction

I know many vegans state vitality and enthusiasm as a major vegan benefit, but I think because it usually takes years of misuse before things (especially our bodies) start to break down, we take the pitfalls that a bad diet brings and don’t take it seriously. We forget about the reduction and reversal from potential diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, dementia, and high blood pressure – to name a few – and keep doing what we’ve been doing – because it’s comfortable. But for anyone reading this, I implore you to go further with your research and learn all you can about. This is a great place to start: www.nutritionfacts.org

More Energy

You’ve got to take it easy on your digestive system – which of course, is all about what you eat. It makes all the difference when it comes to your energy levels. Especially since animal foods are much more difficult for your body to digest.

An overworked digestive system can make you feel lethargic and constantly tired. A plant-based diet can eliminate all of that and get your energy levels back to where they naturally should be. Which means no more mid-afternoon fatigue and coffee binging. And a better, more productive you – every day.

Stronger Bones

Cows milk does not give anyone strong bones, except for baby calves whom it’s genetically made for. And it really is insanity to think anything different.

But another reality that many people don’t know it that calcium also isn’t the end-all be-all in terms of keeping your bones strong. Don’t get me wrong, it’s important, but not the ONLY way to have strong bones. Eating a wide-ranging and balanced diet will aid you in meeting your requirements for other nutrients needed for bone health – most notably, vitamin K. Staying active and challenging your body is also ideal. Activities that require weight-bearing movements is definitely the way to go if keeping your bones strong is something you want as you grow older.

Stay Young Forever

Ok, maybe I’m exaggerating a little by saying you’ll stay young forever by eating vegan.  But there’s still some validity to it. Many vegans point to veganism as the reason for their healthier, clearer, less zitty skin. Myself being one of them. Because I have oily skin, blackheads used to frequently visit the area around my nostrils. And that all cleared up when I ditched animal products. Come to think of it,  don’t know any vegans with bad skin. I’m not saying they’re all models or anything, they just don’t have bad skin. Which makes sense because eating a plant-based diet means they're injecting more vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and water than most people do.

A plant-based diet also promotes collagen production, which is important since collagen is naturally lost collagen as we age, and makes skin look thinner, saggier and more wrinkled.

Better Sleep

When you go vegan, it’s undeniable (for many) that you’ll notice that you have improved sleep. And that has everything to do with the food you consume.

Not only are vegan foods light, but they also are rich in nutrients that aid sleep and, basically, you being able to sleep peacefully. Plant-based foods are usually high in vitamin B6, magnesium and potassium, which help in your body producing serotonin – which relaxes the body and mind.

 

Are we biased?

 

Yes! A million times over. But that’s because we not only read study after study backing veganism, we’ve FELT the results too. So, of course, we’re going to be a little biased. That being said, I implore you to do your own research and see for yourselves if veganism is all that we say it is.

 

–Gerry Warren
Vegr Co-Founder

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Why I'm No Longer Vegan

The following is a transcript of our incredibly popular video titled Why I'm No Longer Vegan. Presented by Vegr's Co-Founder, Gerry Warren. We have received a plethora of emails asking us to release the transcript, so here it is. 

I'm no longer a vegan

I just want everybody to know that since a few days ago, I'm no longer vegan.

I guess I'll start by saying that it's been too tough...

I went out with a friend... He ordered a steak and... it was too much for me. I love steak too much. It just looked too good. I had to clamp down into it. I was trying to do it for the animals. I really, really was. That was my intent-- to do it for the animals, right?

But I couldn't do it. 

I love ice cream. I love bacon. I was just getting too much flack. People were making fun of me. It was too tough. I wasn't getting any support. I met this girl and she told me she couldn't date a vegan. I went to a restaurant... again, and they didn't have vegan options. I had to leave... and it was embarrassing.

I got tired of people talking about how freaking annoying vegans are. Or how much they impose their will on people.

I couldn't do it. I wasn't strong enough. 

I mean, F%#K the animals, right?

I needed bacon. I needed steak. I needed ice cream. I needed cheese. I couldn't do it.

I couldn't stop eating these things for animals. I couldn't stop eating these things for animals. I couldn't stop eating certain foods that are animals for animals. I couldn't stop doing something that's vicious, torturous, murderous, disgusting, barbaric, outdated. I couldn't stop doing it for animals.

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I couldn't do it.

F%$K the animals, right?

Let's keep on doing what we're doing. Let's keep using their hydes for jackets when it's cold. Let's keep putting them on plates with A1 sauce and french fries and mashed potatoes. Let's keep waking up on Sunday hungover and going to get them with a side of pancakes. Let's keep doing all this disgusting stuff.

I'm no longer vegan, right? Because I don't give a damn about animals.

Does that sound right to you?

I will never, ever, ever stop being vegan. I will never, ever, ever, ever, ever give up on my convictions.

I'm vegan for life... for the animals. Because I care about the animals.

I'm doing this for equality. True equality. Not just human equality. So I'll never stop. I'll never stop this fight.

It's every day.

It's forever.

It's who I am.


By: G N Warren
Vegr co-founder

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