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My Advice to New Vegans

Okay so the question is what advice would you give to someone that is just getting started with all of this with all of this meaning diet or diet and training or what does all of this look like yeah the real challenges that keep coming up for me and most of the people that I talk with or work with it’s not the diet itself it’s how the diet is perceived that’s really the biggest challenge that’s the biggest hurdle to get around we have our we have our own brainwashing there were a lot of times when I started out running when I was doing the running raw project in those first few years where I really doubted that I was getting enough protein I wasn’t sure because I’ve been part of that cultural brainwashing and back when I was an athlete in my late teens I was doing lots of protein supplements and I was doing all kinds of gland products and all kinds of crazy crap and creatine and everything else because I wanted every edge I could take so you know fast forward 15 16 years into the future and part of my brain is saying well can I do it without those things is this diet enough I don’t know am I getting enough protein I am and there’s no evidence to show me the contrary but yet those doubts were still there and they those doubts stayed there for a couple years it’s only maybe the past three or four years that I’m really confident with this diet even though I had the data even though the data was right there I still had doubts well what if it doesn’t work for me what if I’m different somehow so it’s really about overcoming your own cultural brainwashing and then dealing with your friends and family and you know lovers spouses whatever it may be who are gonna have cultural programming as well that you could have to deal with then you’re gonna have to continually answer the question where do you get your protein or do get your FAS and where do you get this and where do you get that and how do you get your calcium and what about your b12 and we’re constantly bombarded with these things if you’re eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables and some nuts and seeds you’re getting the most nutrient dense diet on the planet no standard American diet can compete as far as nutrient density goes as far as the wide variety of vitamins minerals and phytonutrients and fibers you can’t compete on those diets but yet the people eating those diets believe that somehow their diet is superior without any evidence to support it but it’s this like cultural virus that everybody has that they’re eating the deficient diet but clearly the vegans and the raw foodist those are the people that are deficient it’s like smokers telling people that they’re deficient in oxygen because they’re breathing clean air it’s like how could you get enough oxygen and breathing clean air you need cigarettes to get oxygen kind of you know what’s going on you know you get all these people that are eating a horrible diet which is heavily supplemented they’re like oh you can’t be vegan because you need b12 and that just shows the veganism doesn’t work well that’s interesting because your milk has vitamin D added your flour products have niacin riboflavin thiamine and reduced iron added to them and on and on and on all of the products that you’re eating are heavily supplemented your diet doesn’t work in fact your diet heavily supplemented still leads to heart disease cancer diabetes and on and on and on so the government tried to fix your diet by adding lots of supplements to it mandating that these foods be supplemented and you’re still falling apart but yet they believe somehow that were the ones that are deficient it just doesn’t make sense but this is what we have to deal with we have to deal with a culture that doesn’t make sense that’s going to alienate us and that’s going to attack us and it’s going to make us question ourselves so if you’re eating a wide variety of foods and a wide variety of flavors and textures you’re going to be okay and maybe you want to take some vitamin b12 maybe you want to take some vitamin D that’s up to you do your research get your blood tested but even so no big deal you’re gonna be healthy it’s really about dealing with the the emotional stuff dealing with the cultural stuff that’s the biggest hurdle so you know my advice is never defend yourself just smile nod you know make a joke about it but don’t defend yourself because you can’t win that conversation because it’s not a rational conversation

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How Vegan Diet Affects The Psychology of Humans: Dr. Will Tuttle

Hi my name is ken Specter with happy cow and I’m here in Las Vegas Nevada at the health healing and happiness Expo and I’m here with dr. will Tuttle he’s written a book called the world peace diet it’s an amazon.com best seller and he is an author a composer pianist and a speaker who is heard internationally he’s also heard all over the internet in his various videos dr. Tuttle how does the vegan diet affect the psychology of humans yes thank you so basically as I discussed in the world peace diet can eating animal foods being forced to do that from time our little children is not good for our psychology for our emotional stability for our capacity to be sensitive to the sufferings of others it really represses our natural wisdom and compassion being forces little infants to participate in rituals mealtime rituals where we’re eating the flesh of animals who are abused and killed and the secretions of those animals dairy products and eggs and so once we move toward a plant-based diet a vegan diet when we especially when we do it for compassion for animals then we open the doors for our psychology to begin to heal our emotions to begin to reconnect actually we going to reconnect with our emotions and our feelings and our sensitivity and we begin to take the armor off our natural self-confidence can begin to flow again our natural self respect because when we’re not respecting other beings we’re not going to really respect ourselves and I think eating animal foods essentially reduces not only our natural wisdom and compassion but also our natural self-respect so I think it’s very important for us to understand these things whether we’re vegans or whether we’re previous and as we move toward a plant-based diet for ethical reasons to also understand the reasons why that when we cause suffering to other beings we’re simply going along with a cultural program that is not in our best interest so one of the things that going vegan does I think psychologically is it helps build our character we have to go against the current of not only our own programming but the programming of our society as well the other thing I want to emphasize is that when we go vegan it’s important for us to make an effort to understand the big picture of our culture’s food system and I go into this in the world peace diet quite a bit but basic idea is that in the beginning we’re usually pretty shallow in our in our understanding and it’s quite easy to fall back and to be eating meat and dairy again because the doctors or our friends and family or the boss or whoever it is makes life difficult for us but if we are able to persevere through that we very often come to what I refer to as the second stage of veganism which is the angry vegan stage because now we’re angry because people we understand why don’t they get it I’ve went vegan why don’t they go vegan don’t they care we get outraged and angry so it’s very important I think for us to move beyond that stage because that’s a not a good stage to be in and and not to move into the other stage which very often often happens which is the closeted vegan stage so then if being angry is so miserable then I just won’t tell anybody I’m a vegan and I’ll just hide it and do not let anybody know and then maybe they’ll leave me alone that’s also not satisfying and healthy either so the third or I think there’s multiple stages actually beyond these beyond the shalour stage the angry stage the closeted stage and these are what I refer to as deep veganism where we are actually understanding the whole picture and a much deeper level we realize that people are programmed to eat animal foods we’re not opposing them we’re seeing together that even as a vegan I’ve been in many ways programmed by my society and so we realized that veganism is essentially a path of psychological and spiritual growth where we’re adopting a whole new way of relating not only to animals but to other people into ourselves and we’re being a force for compassion and healing and radical inclusion and we realize that veganism isn’t really nothing to be proud of it’s simply coming home to our own heart to our true nature and seeing beings when we see beings rather than seeing things and to be effective as vegan advocates were called to live this understanding at a deep level which basically means to understand that our cultural programming so when being so competitive and judgmental and shaming other people and getting angry and all that to really have compassion and kindness for everyone this is the path of veganism it’s really to me an enormous ly positive thing it’s something anyone can engage in and I think the more of us to do it well we have to it’s critical times we live in Kent I think we all know that in our bones it’s time for us to make these kinds of positive changes and veganism is really a path of liberation of Awakening and fundamentally of empowerment it’s empowering and and getting out of the prison of being a consumer only caring about myself but you actually have compassion for animals future generations hungry people ecosystems slaughterhouse workers and really for even other people who are eating animal food to have compassion for them and realized that as we live our life with joy and abundance and with delicious food and so forth and support that we are making the most positive difference anyone can make in our planet today so thank you all for listening and thank you happy cow for the great work you’re doing to help bring the vegan message to the masses to everyone thank you great thank you so much well I’m Ken with happy Cal this is dr. will Tuttle and thank you for watching bye-bye