I decided to become vegan while I was still serving in the Army back in the Summer of 2011. As a Mexican-American and a native of Los Angeles, surprisingly my heritage wasn't what most affected my transition to adopt a plant-based diet. Instead, I’d say deciding to go vegan while serving as a military leader is what made my transition challenging...Read More
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I have been vegetarian since 2006, and stopped eating meat because I was feeling increasingly guilty about eating animals. I worked at a health food store from 2001-2005 and began to learn more about factory farming practices and the effects of a highly acidic diet.Read More
One night, about 6 years ago, I got a call from my dad with bad news.
“Your sister has breast cancer.”
“What?! How is that even possible? She’s the healthy one in the family!”
In fact, my older sister was the only one who ate salads, exercised daily, and looked slim. The rest of us enjoyed junk food, laziness, and looked like the Michelin Man. That phone call put my health into focus for the first time in my life, because if my sister (“the healthy one”) could get sick, then it really could happen to anyone.Read More