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FROM Joe Gerard, Vegans Make A Difference
November 2020

If I can get by in life and do well without inflicting suffering on anybody and with the added benefit of being healthy with very little effort, then itís a no-brainer.

Joe Gerard

I clearly remember the moment when I decided to become vegetarian. I was 11. I was walking down the street in Brooklyn, and my brother and I saw some animals near a door. I like animals, so I headed inside, and I saw a goat being held with a knife to his neck, and he was bleating frantically. Chickens were being thrown around roughly. After noticing me, the guys inside that Halal slaughterhouse told me to scram.

When I told my father (who at one time was a butcherís apprentice), that I wanted to stop eating meat, he replied, ďYouíve got to have your protein. You canít do that.Ē So at age 19 (the same age my vegan daughter Audrey is now), I exercised some independence and became a vegetarian: In 1995, at age 29, I went vegan. It wasnít as easy then as it is now, but it wasnít really difficult either.

I went cold Tofurky and gave up dairy products, eggs, cheese and cowís milk. It took me two weeks to acclimate. I soon saw positive results from eating plant-strong. I have more endurance as a vegan; my blood pressure is 110/70, and my resting heart rate is low. Soon after adopting a vegan diet, I dropped about 10 pounds, and I was in the best shape Iíve ever been in. People were asking me what I was doing and Iíd tell them that Iíve made a slight modification in my diet. I was very pleased with my vital statistics especially since there is a history of heart disease in my family. A few years ago, my brotherís cholesterol was close to 300 and he was advised to go on statins: My cholesterol, on the other hand, is under 150Ö

Even now, after being vegan for so long, I still meet people who ask, ďWhere do you get your protein? I say ďThe same place as the silver-backed gorilla gets it ó plants.Ē I also mention that I am a competitive weightlifter. Iíve never met a vegan with a B12 or protein deficiency. I then tell them that Iíve known a lot of people who have had heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer and erectile dysfunction, which could be remedied or prevented by a well-balanced vegan diet.

Joe Gerard

To me, itís easy. If I can get by in life and do well without inflicting suffering on anybody and with the added benefit of being healthy with very little effort, then itís a no-brainer.

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