By Krsna Dasa Perez
Being raised lacto-vegetarian I was always really proud of never having consumed any meat, fish, or eggs my whole life. I was raised in the Hare Krsna philosophy and was well aware of the karmic impact unnecessarily killing animals to satisfy our “sophisticated” palates has on us and the world around us. But, as aware as I was, and since I enjoyed milk and cheese so much, I chose to be a little ignorant about the way the dairy industry is run in most capitalistic western nations.
Approximately a year and a half ago, my girlfriend and I were looking for something to watch on Netflix and we ran into a documentary called “What the Health”. I was immediately reminded of all the horrors I’ve been ignoring about the dairy industry. I literally stopped eating the pizza we had ordered and haven’t looked back since. Since then my face has cleared up from the acne I would always get, I rarely get sick, my endurance has gone up, and my energy levels are through the roof.
For me, being vegan isn’t about artificially avoiding animal products for the sake of pretending to be a health nut, but instead about causing the least amount of inconvenience to all living beings. This being said, becoming vegan has not only impacted me physically, but mentally and spiritually, as well. I’ve noticed that my levels of compassion have gone up and my overall awareness has increased tremendously. My attention span has increased and I’m able to concentrate and hold conversations a lot easier now. I strongly encourage everyone to try it out for themselves. The proof is in the vegan pudding.
Here’s one of my favorite quotes from one of the greatest minds in history:
“Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” – Albert Einstein