On being persistent (and veganism)
It's been a while since I promised I would have been writing much more often, but you know... it's always difficult to keep doing things constantly, to be persistent on something. Not that I haven't had time. I have plenty of free time that I could use to take care of these pages, make them feel more like a new home for my digital self rather than like an abandoned place.
There is something, though, which is proving (to me, at lewast) how easy it actually is to be persistent and committed when you really are motivated, when you have true reasons and facts supporting you on a daily basis.
That is: Veganism
Not many of you know, but I've been eating a vegetarian diet since more than a year before switching - a few months ago - to a vegan one. This means I gave up (I don't like this expression, because I don't really feel like I gave up anything, honestly) not only meat of any kind (including fish), but also dairy products (milk, cheese...) and eggs.
No animal products. At all.
Not easy, you would think. Well, yes, it's not easy. You need to have motivation and valid reasons and facts to support the choice. Why would I want to say "no" to the food I've been eating all my life, that is part of my culture and traditions. I already had to say "no" many times to mozzarella and Parmiggiano, Parma ham, salame... You can imagine what this means to an Italian.
So why would I want to do that?
- Easy answer: it's just the right thing to do.
- Slightly longer answer: I did my research, fact-checked whatever I had to fact-check, evaluated alternatives and concluded that... it's just the right thing to do.
- Longer answer: the science (true science, not anonymous researches linked by random blogs on the internet) says that it's the best thing to do for both your health and the health of the planet. My hearth says it is the best thing to do to avoid unneeded suffer for all the roommates that share this tiny little place in the Milky Way with us: animals.
That's enough reasons and facts for me to keep me going. Those reasons are so strong that they will keep me going for the rest of my life. Because in the end, it's just the right thing to do.
It doesn't matter if I have to say "no" to Parmiggiano once again if I know that casein (the main protein contained in cows' milk) is one of the first causes of cancer; doesn't matter if I have to say "no" to meat when I know I wouldn't kill or hurt any living being on Earth, so why would I want someone else to do this for me, especially when I don't need it to live and thrive?
No, we don't need meat to live. I know what your next question will be. I see it already, above your heads, spinning around...
"Where do you get your proteins?"
I have the answer, but you know what? Go and do your own research. Science can be more convincing than me. For now, let me just tell you one more thing: in the end, it's not that difficult to say "no", to be committed and persistent, when you are feeling better, stronger and much more alive than ever. That's how you know you are doing the right thing.
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