Everyone? Yes, everyone! And that includes you, dear reader.
Historically, the brightest and most elite thinkers of our world have always preferred plants over animals on their plates. That includes Albert Einstein, Albert Newton, Nicola Tesla, Hippocrates, Pythagoras, Benjamin Franklin, Budha, Gandhi, and more. The earliest vegans maintained this healthy lifestyle while the masses clung to tired patterns of senseless, unhealthy, barbaric behavior.
Today, all leading health organizations and studies support plant-based diets. That includes the World Health Organization and its International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations*, the American Heart Association, the American Journal of Cardiology, and The China Study, based on 20 years of research by Cornell University, Oxford University and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine, a study described by The New York Times as “the Grand Prix of epidemiology.”
All serious athletes prefer plants to power their performance. And that includes UFC Champions, NFL football stars, ultra-marathon runners, major league baseball players, NBA basketball stars, heavy weight lifting champions, figure skaters, and heavyweight champion boxers. (See my article The New, Improved Mike Tyson.)
Even your favorite musicians and movie stars are vegan. That includes Ariana Grande, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson, Jay-Z & Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus, Moby, Paul McCartney, Brad Pitt *, Kate and Rooney Mara, Lea Michele, Jared Leto, Joaquin Phoenix, Tobey Maguire, Olivia Wilde, Alicia Silverstone, Anne Hathaway and Pamela Anderson.
And you, dear reader. You are vegan too. You love your family and want the best for them. You cannot escape death but you CAN avoid disease, for you and for them. When you choose to eat vegan, you are choosing wellness over illness, for you, your loved ones, and for the planet. You are contributing to the welfare of the animals and helping to preserve our environment from the devastating consequences of animal agriculture.
If you encounter another human being that has not yet discovered the multiple reasons to be vegan, help them to see the light. The alternative is unthinkable. Vegan is the only way.
PS. Here is a fun video about how to “come out” as a vegan:
(* Note that I cannot vouch for the specific degree to which any particular celebrity adheres to vegan values. Some may oscillate between “vegan” and “plant-based”.)
- Position of the American Dietetic Association: vegetarian diets
- Vegetarian Diets, The American Heart Association