Who invented this Monday through Friday, 9 to 5 bullshit? I am paid to wake up in the morning, drive 15 minutes to fill a desk. Where is the productivity? And why am I not asleep right now? Give me 2 more hours to sleep, and I could be 5 times happier, and 10 times more productive. How people get by with less than 8 hours of sleep is beyond me. I’m sure over the course of evolution, before the discovery of fire, our ancestors were snoozing from sun down to sun up… which is roughly 12 hours. I don’t subscribe to the notion of 8 hours sleep being sufficient. I need a minimum of 10. Fuck the 8 hour days, 5x a week. It should be 6 hours, 4x a week.
Or maybe I’m just a sloth and a bum.
Also, working a desk job just puts into perspective how over-worked and underpaid people in the service industry are.
Vegan for 2 years this month, and this is honestly one of the best life choices I have ever made. I didn’t understand how truly sick I was previous to this lifestyle, until I got healthy. Increase in physical performance, no more chronic fatigue, dependence on caffeine/ stimulants, no insomnia, irregular periods (I had for three years) and bad breakouts. But it’s not just the physical benefits that kept me on this path. What drives me to continue this way of living is the psychological/ emotional and mental improvements I have experienced, and continue to experience today.
Most people who know me don’t know, but I have struggled with depression and anxiety for many of my teen-aged years, into my early twenties. I honestly think that there are a lot of people out there that experience this, and choose to keep it to themselves. They believe that they shouldn’t feel this way, and don’t want to burden those around them. In fact, I have spoken to many who don’t define their depression as an illness, and they go on believing that there is something fundamentally wrong with their character.
When I was struggling with depression, I couldn’t find it in me to enjoy living, and it seemed like this tedious, mundane, cyclical routine. I hated life, I hated myself for hating life, and I couldn’t break myself out of those patterns of thought. It went on for years, and I felt hopeless, trapped, without a way out.
I understand now, why I was depressed. I was eating a very poor, high protein, low-carb diet, which mainstream society had me believing, was healthy. In truth, this diet, with all of the hormones and saturated fats was not only causing a hormonal imbalance, but also contributing to chronic inflammation in my body. In recent years, a strong link has been established between chronic inflammation and depression, and there is even a theory that points to chronic inflammation being the cause of depression. (Chronic inflammation is also linked to many types of cancer and Alzheimer’s.)
I don’t believe that most people can give up animal products solely based on arguments about the ethics of animal meat consumption, or that the meat industry is terrible for the environment. Society continues to propagate the myth that the human body is designed to consume animal protein in significant amounts, so it is no wonder that so many people do not believe they can make a lifestyle change. People don’t want to know how terrible the industry treats animals, and what cruelties these animals endure from the time they are born to when they end up on someone’s dinner plate. It’s an uncomfortable topic, when people are confronted and told that their food choices are unethical.
The side that many vegans should be focused on is the argument that this lifestyle is supremely beneficial to the human body, and will improve your physical and mental state, making you a happy, healthier, and overall better version on yourself. If that knowledge is shared, then why wouldn’t people want to incorporate more raw foods into their diets, and cut down on the animal products? It’s a win-win for everyone involved in the equation (expect for the meat, dairy, and pharmaceutical industries).
Maybe there are some vegans that will condemn me for saying this, but I don’t believe in absolutism. I don’t believe in shaming others for making choices they believe is right for them. Let it be, and know that change takes time. So long as people are making progress, making better and more conscious food decisions, then encourage them and applaud them.
You know what else? The icing on the vegan cake is that I no longer have to deal with the cognitive dissonance of loving animals/ feeling that what the meat industry does is horrible, and continuing to consume meat products despite the fact. That makes me very happy. I will leave you with this video of one of my biggest inspirations— Freelee the Banana Girl! Topic of the video: What’s in your BURGER?
R.I.P grandpa. I love you forever.