Vegan Life = Plastic Surgery?

I consider myself a health conscious Plastic Surgeon. Yes, I do use surgical techniques to alter the body. However, I believe and preach that we must first be healthy before we can make cosmetic alterations. Liposuction is for certain situations, not a massive weight loss plan.

I went vegan nearly nine months ago. My motivation for this diet change came after reading The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, which was also made into a documentary called Forks over Knives. Campbell broke down his eight principles of food and health:

– Nutrition represents the combined activities of countless food substances

– Vitamin supplements are not a panacea for good health.

– There are virtually no nutrients in animal-based foods that are not better provided by plants.

– Genes do not determine disease on their own. Genes function only by being activated, and nutrition plays a critical role in determining this.

– Nutrition can substantially control the adverse effects of noxious chemicals.

– The same nutrition that prevents disease in early stages can also reverse it in later stages.

– Nutrition that is truly beneficial for one chronic disease will support health across the board.

– Good nutrition creates health in all areas of our existence. All parts are interconnected.

There is a huge wave rolling through America, not just about healthy eating, but specifically about the diet part of veganism. Sticking to plant-based foods can lower your saturated fats and add a plethora of vitamins to your diet like: Potassium, Foliate, Antioxidants, Vitamins C & E, and surprisingly protein.

In addition, veganism lowers the risk of diseases such as: Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, Prostate Cancer, Colon Cancer, Breast Cancer, Cataracts, Arthritis and Osteoporosis … just to name a few.

The physical changes that you will see in your body far outweigh the hassle of changing your diet. I’m talking about lower body mass, significant weight loss, more energy, glowing skin, no body or breath odor, strengthened nails and hair, reduction in migraines, and relief from allergies. Who wouldn’t want to see those results?

Although I love and hold great respect for our furry animal friends, I do still wear leather shoes and use leather products. This is not a moral stance for me. I made this change to affect my diet and personal health, and did not totally commit to the vegan lifestyle.

I am, however, totally convinced that the vegan diet is the way to go. We need to stand up and take responsibility for our bodies. You only receive one in this life, and although I can work wonders to restore and repair the outside, I cannot make you healthy on the inside.

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