Slowly Moving Towards a 100% Vegan Diet
by Rex Djere
2020 November 24, Tuesday
A few years ago, I watched an interview on YouTube of a 98 year old vegan heart surgeon who worked until the age of 95. His skin looked fantastic, his mind was incredibly sharp, and he still mowed his own lawn. His posture was perfect, and he could have easily passed for the age of 65 or 70. His name was Doctor Ellsworth Wareham, and his interview forever changed my life. The proof was in his incredible appearance: there must be something to veganism. In this article, I am going to discuss my slow journey towards 100% veganism.
Part 1: Beginning the Journey by Water Fasting
Around the same time that I saw the interview with Dr. Wareham, I saw a video promoting the health benefits of water fasting.
Interview with Dr. Wareham: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FX58PyQwrcI
Educational video on a 20 day water fast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4DwmXK9gEY
I ended up going on a 21 day water fast after watching the video above, and it was the best thing that I’ve ever done for my health:
I have a history of high blood pressure: my blood pressure dropped by to very healthy levels during the water fast.
I lost about 15 pounds in 21 days.
I felt an incredible sense of mental clarity, like someone had power-washed the internals of my brain.
I felt energetic and extremely active. I learned from the water fasting video that this is because digestion consumes a lot of the body’s energy. When your body is not actively digesting food, you tend to feel more energetic.
Part 2: Reducing the Amount of Meat that I Eat
I am in the middle of Part 2 right now: I am not yet 100% vegan. I almost never eat red meat anymore. For example, this morning, my breakfast consisted of two Beyond Meat artificial meat burgers with no bread, and a large glass of orange juice. The texture and taste of the Beyond Meat burger is incredible. It has the same texture as real meat, it even bleeds red like real meat. The taste is very similar to meat loaf. Beyond Meat burgers contain plant-based proteins, and they also contain coconut oil as a replacement for the saturated beef fat found in real beef. Coconut oil melts at about 74 degrees Fahrenheit, so the coconut oil in the beyond Meat burger enters your body, and it melts. Once inside the body, the coconut oil acts as a lubricant on the insides of your veins and arteries, and it tends to relax your veins and arteries, which can be beneficial in relation to blood pressure.
Part 3: Becoming 100% Vegan
I look the taste of chicken, so I cheat on my veganism once in awhile to eat small amounts of chicken. I will eventually evolve to the point where I am 100% vegan, and I look forward to attaining that goal.
It is my intent to live a very long and healthy life, and I now believe that a vegan diet is a critical part of the equation. I love playing the saxophone, and I pray that I can still play the saxophone well when I am 70, 80, 90 and beyond. As I get older, I realize that maintaining a healthy body is a marathon, not a sprint. It requires commitment. It requires getting back up on the horse if you fall off. So I have learned that if I break down and eat a piece a chicken one day, it’s okay. Just don’t let the breakdown become a habit. I sincerely hope that you enjoyed this article. Happy Practicing!