I can't begin to tell you how emotionally charged veganism has been in my life for the past 12 years. It has helped my wife & I build the greatest of friendships and yet it has brought awkward tension into very important relationships, such as with our brothers and sisters.
I believe that a diet of whole plants (brown rice, not white; apples, not apple juice) is the only dietary protocol that has been shown to reliably reverse type II diabetes and heart disease. It dramatically reduces our carbon footprint and the environmental and moral disasters of removing animals from pastures and onto industrial farms.
When someone close to us gets heart disease or diabetes, we torture ourselves over whether to say anything. On the one hand, we have 6 friends who had heart attacks, were lucky enough to survive them, went on whole plants diets, no longer have any symptoms and are off all meds. They are so glad we spoke up. Two of our friends were not lucky enough to survive their heart attacks and died at 38, and another a few weeks ago at 46. 😢
On the other hand, some of our friends either think we're crazy, misinformed, or judgemental and should be worried about lack of protein in our diets. And anyway, bacon is delicious.
Food is so incredibly emotional.