Thanks, Rosa! That's a compelling article! I was a bit too lazy this morning to read it all, but did read several of the folks story's.
Being a guy, I often tend to see if the men (in articles and storys) look like they are being harmed by vegan eating (loss of muscle mass) and I've been convinced for a while now that this just is not happening! (The guy in the pickup truck has huge arms! Looks like he's getting his protein from veggies just fine!)
It's a comfort to know of these folks who have lived the vegan life for so long! I must admit that I've still not fully got it in my head about saving the animals as much as I need to, but it's coming little by little. Testimoney's like this help!
But as I was saying, the only men I've seen where I hear that robot voice inside screaming "Danger, Danger!!!" is men who are raw vegan. I've seen a few who looked like they were from third world countries. They had some lean muscle mass, for sure, but zero body fat---and it did not look natural. Their muscles were long and lean, but small. They looked boney, in other words.
But even in those cases, I think it's not the raw food thats to blame...but possibly overtraining. I found out a few summers ago that vegan eating could not sustain my body fat as well when I was exercising (a nice plus when a person needs to lose weight!), so I lost weight faster than I ever had... but apparently some men take it too far. Most likely they are not getting enough calories for the exercise they are doing.
But the guys in this article look healthy, fit and strong, as well as the women!
Sorry...didn't mean to go off on another topic! The article is great I want to read the others stories, too!
T E R R Y
***Life has no remote. Get up and change it yourself! ***"I can do all things through Christ!" Phillipians 4:13
I love this kind of news story. I haven't been a plant based eater for as long as some of them, only since 2004, but I gave up eating animal products too, completely, and get plenty of protein. It's so easy to do.
Now, my own personal view is that the push to get vegans and vegetarians to eat more red meat is coming from the meat industry, the people who package chicken and pot roast, and sides of beef. Just imagine how much money they lose every year with each new person giving up red meat.
Speaking of red meat, I just read a report of the dangers associated with red meat:
I'm so glad that I found this great list of long term vegans. Seems to me that event though they haven't had one bit of animal products in years and years and years, they don't seem to be missing any protein. Hmmmmm.
SparkPeople, SparkCoach, SparkPages, SparkPoints, SparkDiet, SparkAmerica, SparkRecipes, DailySpark, and other marks are trademarks of SparkPeople, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
SPARKPEOPLE is a registered trademark of SparkPeople, Inc. in the United States, European Union, Canada, and Australia. All rights reserved.