Vegan vs. Plant Based

When I first transitioned into a plant-based diet, I called it veganism, not really knowing what the difference was.  Well, I’ll tell you…

Vegans not only don’t eat animal products, they don’t use animal products, wear animal products, or promote anything affiliated with animal cruelty.

Those on a plant-based diet do simply what it sounds like, they only eat plants!

I started out plant based for the health benefits.  I was sick of eating meat and dairy and feeling like crap all the time.  As soon as I even got a look into all the health benefits of going plant based, I was sold!  And I’ve never gone back.

The longer I live this way and research it through, the more of a “vegan” I become.  I never knew what a special bond one can feel with nature after switching to this lifestyle.  I KNOW it sounds SO DUMB.  I used to make fun of people like me, “Crazy PETA, crazy vegans, crazy hippies!  Animals are great but they are here for us to eat.”

Here is the thing, if you really look into what goes on in the meat and dairy industry, the more you realize how cruel they are to these animals.  Pigs, cows, chickens are animals, just like dogs!  I bet if you saw a bunch of puppies shoved into tiny crates, getting force fed steroids, living in their own waste, getting their heads chopped up, and getting beat with NO consideration AT ALL, you would be pissed.  The more I see those terrible videos and read things about how they mass produce meat and how it actually goes down, the more I turn against it.

While I believe God gave us dominion over the earth and all the animals on it, I do not see that as an “OK” to abuse, slaughter, and mistreat them.  If you know me, you know I am LDS and MY interpretation of the Word of Wisdom is to eat meat sparingly and in times of famine. 

“12 Yea, flesh also of beasts and of the fowls of the air, I, the Lord, have ordained for the use of man with thanksgiving; nevertheless they are to be used sparingly;

13 And it is pleasing unto me that they should not be used, only in times of winter, or of cold, or famine.”

I think we are FARRRRRRRR from living in a famine here, therefore, destroying our planet and harming our bodies to kill and eat animals almost obsessively, just because, does not seem right to me. but then again this is just my opinion! This is how I feel about this specific topic.

DISCLAIMER: This is not me claiming to be a perfect mormon, in fact I am very, very, very, very far from even just being an “OK” mormon and I’ve got plenty of stuff to work on.  But, that’s not my point here.

Don’t get me wrong, I think it can be a respectful and sacred thing when it comes to having no food or while living in freezing climates, then hunting or catching something with which to feed your family. I believe in the bible and I know Jesus ate fish!

I think “sparingly” is the key word here.  This animal agriculture industry is extreme and is causing so much more harm than good in this day and age.  Our bodies are such precious gifts and we need to respect them the best we can.  While everyone can do that in whatever way they feel is best, for me, the closer I get to a completely plant-based and animal-product-free lifestyle the more I connect with myself and my God.

Trust me, I know this is NOT a popular opinion, but I am entitled to my own opinion, and there it is.

This is just a glimpse into my reasoning behind being vegan! I want to know how other people feel about this topic, supporting or opposing, so comment or feel free to comment or message me. I would love to know more about other peoples experiences or feelings on this because it is such an interesting topic to me.